Handmade jewellery made of gold, silver or copper that has been soldered will oxidise. Oxidisation is a darkening of metal which occurs when the metal is heated at high temperatures with a torch. Metal components in silver, such as copper, rise to the surface when heated and cause a blackening of the metal. Pickle solution is an acid bath for your jewellery that will eat away the oxidised portions of your metal before polishing.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Small crock pot
- Copper tongs
- Brass brush
- White vinegar
- Sea salt
Place 3 cups of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons sea salt into a crock pot for pickle solution. Set temperature to high.
Place cooled jewellery gently into the crock pot. Use copper tongs to place your jewellery in the crock pot to prevent contamination of your pickle solution.
Remove your jewellery from the crock pot using the copper tongs after twenty minutes in the pickle solution.
Wash your jewellery with warm water and soap. Use a brass brush to remove any excess oxidation from the metal. Polish to a high shine with a polishing cloth.
Tips and warnings
- Pickle solution can be heated in a glass jar in the microwave for two minutes instead of using a crock pot.
- Always wear goggles, gloves and an apron when handling pickling solution.
- Work in a well ventilated area.
- Consult with your local waste management company before disposing of pickle solution.
- Never eat out of a crock pot used for jewellery.
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