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A step-by-step project depicting Belle Brooke Barer's blackening process

By Belle Brooke Barer

Editor's Note: For more tips and techniques for blackening silver from metals suppliers and jewelry makers, click here.

Step 1

 Step 1: I prepare the pieces with 800-grit sandpaper, bristle brushes, Moore’s discs, etc. to get them to an almost finished state.

Step 2

Step 2: To get the matte look of my designs, I sandblast the pieces and even out the overall texture.