• How-To: Polish & Remove Tarnish

How-To: Polish & Remove Tarnish


1) Remove chain and bail

Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay
Above: Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay

2) Remove gemstones and delicate parts within the design

Remove Gemstone From Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay
Above: Remove Gemstone From Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay

3) Remove Tarnish:

Here are 3 of my products I use, some tips on their uses and a few tricks I have learnt for cleaning tarnished silver and other metals:

A) Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax

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Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax

The Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax is a high quality polish and tarnish preventer used by the British royal family. I highly recommend this product.

B) Pickline Granules:

Picklean is made primarily for removing firescale from fired metal clay. Saying that, I fine it useful for hard to remove tarnish.

About Picklean:

Picklean is a revolutionary new safety pickle made from 100% non-toxic, food grade materials. This safety pickle really is SAFE, you can even place your hand in the warm mixed solution and you will not feel any acidic burn normally associated with standard safety pickles.

How to use: 

To use, mix 1 tablespoon of Picklean granules with 200ml of warm/hot water. Place the copper, bronze or silver piece into the solution immediately after quenching and leave in the solution for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the piece from the solution and brush with a brass or stainless steel brush.

C) The Home-made Aluminium Foil Method:

The Aluminium Foil Silver Cleaning Trick
The Aluminium Foil Silver Cleaning Trick

Tarnished silver is no match for this aluminum foil “recipe”:

  1. Place hot water in a bowl, one liter of water
  2. Add one tablespoon of baking soda
  3. Crumple up the foil and add to water and baking soda mix
  4. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it’s very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs.

Magic!!

If built-up tarnish persists:

  1. Make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water
  2. Apply with a damp sponge
  3. Gentyly rub onto silver
  4. Rinse and dry

It is as easy as that with items we often already have in your kitchen.

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‘Red Fire’ feat Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay & Red Garnet ~ Sold

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