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Dear Orchid members,
I am not a jeweller but an antique furniture restorer in New Zealand.
I am currently working on a Victorian chest of drawers, the original
handles of which were nickel-plated. I have had to restore some of
the handles with new cast components, but after nickel-plating, these
ones are now very much "in your face", compared to the soft and
rather worn appearance of the original hardware.
I was drawn to your website by the extensive information on
patination, and I wondered whether anyone could advise me on a method
to "age" the new nickel plating mentioned above. I have seen cold
patinating fluids for various metals (including nickel) advertised in
the UK, but these are not available to me here.
I do have tourmaline and haematite, which I have successfully used
for patinating brass and iron components, but I'm not sure of their
role (if any) with nickel. I did try some undiluted tourmaline on the
back of one of my newly plated items, and it caused a rather "blue"
effect, which would not be desirable.
Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.