L is for Liver of sulfur (AtoZ 2016)
Whether you spell it sulfur or sulphur, it smells. But, I’m happy to open a window and plug my nose to get my beads oxidized!
There are so many tools that you can get when you start working with metal clay that it can seem overwhelming. One that I didn’t get right away was liver of sulfur. I figured that I would see how the beadmaking went before I invested any money into the bead finishing tools. But, after I completed my hawk skull, I knew that I needed some. Perhaps it’s just that I’m used to the oxidized beads that you buy from major bead brands, or perhaps it’s because I’m using fine silver instead of sterling silver, but the beads have an odd, almost fake, colour to them without the oxidization.
Left: Dull silver before oxidization. Right: shinier silver after oxidization
You can buy liver of sulfur in gel form (which is what I have) or dry chunks. I couldn’t find the liver of sulfur locally, so I waited until I ordered more clay and added it to my order. I chose the gel since I read that it lasted a little longer, but, either way, you end up mixing it with water to dilute it to the right strength so you use very little of it each time. In fact, you can store the diluted mixture and use it several times, so you really use so little of the concentrated liver of sulfur! At least I knew this going in, so I ordered the smallest amount that I could find. As you can see, it’s a pretty small bottle, only about the size of a playing card.
This little puppy is still going to last me for years.
Perhaps I need to step up my bead making game just to get through my liver of sulfur.
Have you ever passed on something, thinking that you could get by without it, and then realized that you really did need it?