I'm still new to oxidizing metals. And I was hoping I was kinda getting the hang of it but then this happened. Hm... what did I do wrong?
As you can see there's beautiful shiny copper in the center and the rest is black. Well, half that's what I wanted. So, what happened? I cleaned the wire, I used hot water in a crock pot with the LOS, I don't believe I used too little or too much LOS (that's evident in the rest of the bracelet), and I rinsed then dried the piece as usual. Here's a photo of another piece I did at the same time. Same type of results. I used 20 gauge wire on the parts that didn't tarnish and the rest is a 16 gauge. Is it possible that maybe this wire is made differently (maybe the mixture of metals is different) or maybe I somehow got anti-tarnish wire? Any suggestions? I need advice from the beading veterans!