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    I originally set up a little business making jewellery about 5 years ago and today I found in the attic lots of items I'd made along with finding and beads (sterling silver). They've all been boxes whilst stored but a couple of clasps/beads etc have started to tarnish and discolour. Is there a good and safe way of cleaning/polishing the pieces to make them useable again as it seems such a shame and a waste to throw them out?

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    Ultrasonic cleaner!!
    You just pop them in, in a solution and it vibrates the dirt etc off.
    I saw some in ALDI!!! They were about 17!
    Bargain!

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    Ah, we don't have Aldi over here but I'll Google and see if I can find one. Thanks!

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    I also saw one in Lidl a week or two ago, you never know, may still have them. If not you could use a jewellery polishing cloth, about 2.50 in local supermarket.

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    We have no Lidl either! I have some filigree beads caps and the likes so a polishing cloth won't do the job I don't think.

    Have Googled and found a couple of ultrasonic cleaners on ebay.

    Thanks.

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    Hi.
    I got a great little one from cpc.farnell.com

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    Thanks for that, I'll take a look.

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    I wouldn't bother with an ultrasonic for this to be honest. The little ones are OK for some things (especially cleaning spectacles and cds) but not for removing tarnish from silver.

    Silver dip (I like Goddards Hotel dip) will cost far less, and works almost instantly.

    Alternatively, pop a piece of aluminium foil in the bottom of a flat bottomed dish or bowl. Place all the pieces on it so that each one is touching the foil, add hot water to cover and throw in a couple of spoons of bicarbonate of soda. Magic will happen, and the tarnish will 'jump' to the foil. Don't leave them in for too long, but it's a brilliant and cheap way of doing the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post

    Alternatively, pop a piece of aluminium foil in the bottom of a flat bottomed dish or bowl. Place all the pieces on it so that each one is touching the foil, add hot water to cover and throw in a couple of spoons of bicarbonate of soda. Magic will happen, and the tarnish will 'jump' to the foil. Don't leave them in for too long, but it's a brilliant and cheap way of doing the job.
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    I'll give the foil/bicarbonate of soda idea a go this affy and let you know how I get on. Thanks for that!

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