My LOS gave up the ghost while we were trying to sell our New York house, and, in the spirit of hoping we would sell and move sooner rather than later, I didn't replace it. It wasn't easy for me to fit metal working into showing the house; I didn't have a bench or a workshop, and I had to solder in the kitchen. Because I didn't have a lot of kitchen cabinets, that meant bringing everything out of the cupboard under the stairs, setting it up, trying to work in-between meal times, and getting everything cleaned up and put away in ten minutes if someone wanted to see the house.
Not surprising that I began to focus more on beading!
When we moved, we lived in a rental for the first six months, and I wasn't too sure the owner would take too kindly to me playing with fire in his kitchen, so I parked my tools and continued to play with beads. But now that I have my own bench, and my own corner of the garage to play in, the torch is getting a regular workout.
Which brings us back to the question of patina. I was an LOS addict when I had it; everything got dunked. When it expired, I went through major withdrawal, but then I eventually got to like the shiny look of polished silver, and, until today, I thought I would never go back to it. But today, I really wanted one of those gorgeous purple blue patinas; I'd even settle for just plain black in the crevices. I really wanted to show off the details in a pair of earrings I'd just finished.
So, having no LOS, I tried the old egg yolk method. All I got was dirty looking silver. Maybe I was too impatient; maybe I'm just too used to the results that are possible with LOS. All I know is that I did not like it. Not at all.
My LOS should be in the mail tomorrow.