How to Make Homemade Jewelry With a Pickle Solution

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How to Make Homemade Jewelry With a Pickle Solution
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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

Things you need

  • Small crock pot
  • Copper tongs
  • Brass brush
  • White vinegar
  • Sea salt

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  1. 1

    Place 3 cups of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons sea salt into a crock pot for pickle solution. Set temperature to high.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Remove your jewellery from the crock pot using the copper tongs after twenty minutes in the pickle solution.

  4. 4

    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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