Cleaning Jewellery

I used to clean jewellery in a tumble polisher filled with little stainless steel nuggets and soapy water. The process took about an hour and the precious objects that I owned or had just made came out super shiny. My tumble polisher is out of action. Its rubber drive belt perished but no worries I’d got spares for it before. Alas I discovered that the supplier of replacement parts has retired. What was I going to do? I was scratching my head to find an alternative source of a simple rubber belt of the right size. In the mean time I’ve been cleaning silver jewellery with polishing cloths. It’s a palaver. What’s more it’s difficult to get tarnish out of every little nook and cranny.

But then by chance I came across a genius video on Tube. The link is here. It shows how to clean silver using a bowl lined with silver foil. You add a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda, put the jewellery on top and then cover with boiling water. I thought that I’d give it a go. After all I like a bit of alchemy.

And hey presto! It works in super quick time No time lapse was involved in making that video. Nor is there any rubbing or excessive polishing. It’s also super fun. All that fizzing and popping is like magic although both Hot Stuff and I agree that electrolysis is probably involved. I’ve been looking around for things to clean. A quick swizz around the Internet suggests that it won’t hurt precious metals or stones. The photos today are before and after shots from some of my mad scientist experiments. The picture of the back of the bits and pieces show the effect most clearly. Give it a go, at your own risk of course! I cannot be held responsible for damage to a precious family heirloom because I’ve suggested jiggery pokery.

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