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  • Cleaning Copper

    I use copper rings in some of my workshop projects and as I have a workshop coming up this week end I thought I should clean a couple example bracelet. I usually use diluted white vinegar but this time I tried my silver dip (I use a silver cutlery dip to clean my silver items - cheaper than the jewellery dip and larger) and my bracelet was clean immediately BUT slightly pink. I rather like the colour but don't know if it will stay and if there is any reason I shouldn't do this in future (does it foul the dip or affect silver items dipped afterwards etc).

    So if anyone know anything about this I would love to know - as I say the colour is a nice soft almost pink rather than the rather bright colour clean copper usually goes.
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    Because I use stones in my jewellery I never use a silver dip and I use a
    Goddards silver polishing cloth on my silver components.

    Not sure what I'd use on copper though - perhaps some Duraglit (sp?). My gran used to use it on her copper ornaments and they used to come up a treat. It comes in a tin and you just break off whatever you need.

    I have copper bottomed pans and I use Kim & Aggie's method of cleaning them - lemon juice and salt but I use a scourer with it so maybe not a good idea for cleaning jewellery.

    I just had a quick look on ebay reviews and guides and several people mention rubbing with a soft cloth and KETCHUP!!!!!! Worth a try.

    Another says just submerge in vinegar for 5-10 mins then rinse and dry.

    You could even try Cilit Bang (remember the penny test) or soaking in coca cola as it brings pennies up fab
    Auntynet

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    • #3
      Thanks Auntynet, I will bear in mind the other methods but I was really wondering if there was any reason not to use the silver dip as it cleaned the copper without leaving it too bright.
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      • #4
        http://www.goddards.com/html/metalCareTips.htm

        dosent mention swaping cleaners around.


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        • #5
          Karen, I can't think of any reason not to use the dip as long as you rinse afterwards. I find some of my copper goes slightly pink (and a tiny bit less shiny) if I leave it in lemon juice/salt for too long as well - tumbling helps, but it still doesn't go as 'orange' as usual.

          If you want to keep the colour, microcrystalline or renaissance wax can help slow down the tarnishing, but won't prevent it.

          My favourite copper colour is once it's tarnished and then tumbled. Lovely and rich IMO.
          george
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            • #7
              Thanks everybody, I think I'll wear the bracelet myself and see what it does before selling an item I have cleaned with silver cleaner, thanks Mizgeorge for the wax tip - I know what you mean about the colour when it has tarnished - I like it when it has just gone off. Thanks Goldy for the really interesting links (why don't my wordpress pages look as good as that ?!?!)
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              • #8
                Good ideas here. That copper sounds lovely and rosey.
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