How to Repair Pewter Jewelry

Updated July 20, 2017

Pewter jewellery must always remain rust-free to maintain its glossy and attractive features. If you do not know how to care for your pewter jewellery, chances are you will need to have it repaired to revive its original lustre. This goes the same for pewter jewellery that is stored in a dry environment. In order to repair your pewter jewellery and remove the rust that has formed on it, you need to thoroughly clean your pewter and carefully remove the stain to avoid damaging the accessory.

Use a dry piece of cloth with talcum powder and linseed oil to start removing the dark stains on your pewter jewellery. This will show the exact problem areas on your pewter jewellery and rid it of any minor stains that were formed due to lack of maintenance.

Mix ½ cup of flour, a cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of salt in a bowl to prepare for your rust-removal cleanser. Mix it lightly with a rubber spatula until you see a thin paste forming through the mixture.

Get a dry piece of cloth and dip it into your cleaning solution. Rub the solution onto the rust stains on your pewter using circular motions and gentle pressure. The salt in the solution will scrub the rust off the pewter without scratching the material. The vinegar, on the other hand, will help loosen the grip of the rust on the soft metal.

Use lukewarm water to rinse off the loose rust on your pewter. Use a clean piece of cloth to wipe the cleaning solution off the jewellery while you continue to rinse it with water. See to it that the pewter is completely washed off any traces of the paste before you move on to the next step.

Buff the pewter jewellery with a clean, dry cloth. Use circular motions and firm pressure when buffing the pewter to polish it well. This will also leave the dark patina on the pewter, which serves as a protective layer to prevent the recurrence of stains and rust.


Regularly wash your pewter jewellery with soap and water to maintain its clean and glossy look. Use a soft piece of cloth to rinse the jewellery of minor stains.


Make sure that the cloth you use for cleaning is soft enough not to damage its soft metal features.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 pieces of dry, soft cloth
  • Talcum powder
  • Linseed oil
  • ½ cup of flour
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Large bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Lukewarm water
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Based in New Jersey, Michelle Raphael has been writing computer and technology articles since 1997. Her work has appeared in “Mac World” magazine and “PC Connections” magazine. Raphael received the George M. Lilly Literary Award in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University.