To tone or not to tone, Always these trick questions !
Yesterday on inspired70's forum on "My new toner for collection", I made the comment that toning could be faked because I had once done it by accident and made the statement "I should dig out my Chemistry set and move into the bathroom" based on premiums being paid for toned coins. Zions called me on it and told me to show them the results.
Well, this morning, being bored all to heck, I decided to try and duplicate the accidental toning of a Canadian Silver quarter that happened a substantial number of years ago just to prove that I wasn't full of Fecal matter! To my surprise, i didn't have among all these Canadian Coins a Canadian Silver Quarter. Lots of Nickel, but not the same. Guess i should have let it rest right there! What I did have was a couple of Roosevelt Dimes that were part of what i was going to post later today, and while not the same, were silver, and mainly available, since I wasn't going to use one of my MS 63 Morgans.
I took two dimes and retired to the garage looking for something to use as a heat source for fairly high temperature heat. The only thing I had available was a propane weed killer. Originally i had a Acetylene torch with a fine brazing tip on it, but had sold it when being transferred across the country. Well it was sort of like using a 3 lb Sledge Hammer to drive a 4d finish nail, but was all I had.
Now am going to tell you, I 'm leaving out a step in the process. Taking a pair of forceps, which I used when restoring weapons, I dipped the dimes in a common household item, and applied the heat. (I'm not going to say which item because i don't want any YN's reading this burning down their garage trying to duplicate this, besides with the premiums being paid for radically toned coins, I may have to go into business someday)
The results are as folllows: Ignore the photography, I only have my phone, and it's not real subtle.
The first coin, I think I overheated a bit.
the 2nd I did a little better with lower heat.
Because i had dipped them, the backs also got toned a bit:
However, the coins did get a little dark and it doesn't rub off!!.....lol
OK, these took all of about an hour to do, and I think with a pencil burner and some practice, it wouldn't take long before I could get the colors up and running.
So, guess I'm only partially full of .....Constipated. It worked, but not quite! If you happen to see some black, but toned coins, I don't think I'd buy them, but then I would'nt anyway!
Anybody want a couple of black dimes?.....LOL
Have a nice day!