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    I'm new to the forum so hi everyone!

    Does anyone know how if you can prevent silver plated chain from discolouring? I've made a couple of pieces using such chain but it seems to have gone a funny dullish colour (not through wear, just from being left with necklaces I've made using glass beads for a few months?) Or is this just inevitable with plated metal and will I just have to pay more for real silver?
    Thanks for any ideas!

  • #2
    Hi Helena, you could try rubbing it over with a silver cloth which you can get in many hardware type shops.
    Mel

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    • #3
      If I make something with plated metal findings and am needing to store it, I place in a zip lock plastic bag to prevent discolouration and tarnishing.

      Some findings are better than others though, I am using better quality findings than I used when I started out. These seem to look nicer for longer.
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      • #4
        Yep, use grip seal bags to keep the air away from them.I get mine from the bagnboxman.
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        • #5
          stopping chain from tarnishing

          thank you for those tips, I will have a look for some silver cloth, and it totally makes sense on storing them appropriately. I have all my necklces hanging together which is obviously not helping with the chain thing.

          Thanks again.

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          • #6
            As other have said 'grip seal bags' are a must for storing silver plated and sterling silver jewellery to prevent tarnishing.

            Debbie
            www.beadservice.net
            On-line bead supplier and bead lover

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            • #7
              We use the gripseal bags, Someone gave me a tip the other day, spray furniture on a cloth and draw new chains through it to coat them. Not tried it yet but it should work good enough to keep the damp off

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              • #8
                Originally posted by urbtaf View Post
                We use the gripseal bags, Someone gave me a tip the other day, spray furniture on a cloth and draw new chains through it to coat them. Not tried it yet but it should work good enough to keep the damp off
                How do I get my furniture into spray bottles, and if I manage it, what am i going to sit on?
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                • #9
                  Dont be cruel Pelbbles if you notice my threads I dont do speeling very welll. In fact its that bad even the spel check doesnt understand me. Funny thing is a friend years ago gave me a book on gem law dated 1600. it was written in old english and I read it without any trouble at all but no one else could make any scence of it , guess Ive been born out of my time
                  And dont tempt me or I might tell you what to sit on
                  Last edited by urbtaf; 23-05-2008, 10:45 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Funnily enough I totally understood urbtaf and hadnt a clue what peebles was on about...it took me 3 reads of her comment to understand her confusion


                    ps thx for the advice about polishing the silver plating i have the same problem especially as i have my jewellery out all of the time for people to see when they come to visit me or i am at wedding fayres
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                    • #11
                      My tips are as all the above.

                      Don't leave your jewellery lying around.
                      Don't hang it up as this puts strain on the chain.
                      Store in small zip lock bags. I got mine in bulk from beadshop.
                      Then I store them in a box.
                      I always keep a silver cloth to hand.

                      Hope that helps

                      Carol
                      www.carolshawjewellery.com
                      bespoke handmade jewellery
                      Carol
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                      • #12
                        I back what everyone has said, that's the only way the jewellery will prevent tarnishing. I sell the grip seal bags and the cleaning cloth as it goes together with jewellery making.

                        You can also get special tissue paper (anti tarnish, I think) to wrap your pieces in, but not sure where from.
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                        • #13
                          If you visit Lakeland they sell anti-tarnish strips. You can cut them into smaller pieces and pop one into your ziplock bag.
                          Heather
                          Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
                          www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for that tip, a trip to Lakelands is calling! I must also pop back to Jinny Ring as haven't been there for ages. I've just had a nosey on your website, beautiful work! Did you train in glass?
                            XX

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                            • #15
                              Thank you very much Helena. Yes, the Jinney Ring has a huge range of craft workers, and I can see you're fairly local! Small world. I'm glad you like my beads. I am mainly self taught, but I had a lesson with Sally Carver who makes fabulous beads.
                              Heather
                              Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
                              www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
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