Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another Silver Cleaning Tip

I've read of this procedure in my Complete Metalsmith book by Tim McCreight but have not tried it yet, it is called electrolytic cleaning. "This kitchen version of electrostripping is especially useful for removing tarnish from flatware" as McCreight mentions (pg. 4).

I was lucky to find a video of this process from folks at Real magazine. As with any silver cleaning solvents, the longer you leave it in the solution, the more it will "clean" the oxidation. If your piece has purposely been oxidized, be vigilant as to how long you want it in the solvent as it can remove all oxidation.

As always, safety comes first so make sure to wear rubber gloves, protective safety goggles, maybe even a disposable safety apron. Hope this is helpful.

How To: Polish Silver

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  2. Thank you for stopping by Timmy!