Mr. Clean might be great for gold but it's dead in the water
when it comes to silver. I've been 16 years using the old tried
and true ammonia/water/soap mix - both for polishing silver
straight from the acid and for removing rouge with an old
toothbrush (also hands). I measure the mix 50/50 into my 1
gallon tumbler and use plenty of soap with my surgical steel
mixed shot and only have to do a perfunctory polish up with Zam
or Fabulustre when my pieces come out. This method is OK for
most set stones, too, except for the organics and copper minerals
(soft stones) when cleaning after oxidation.
Incidentally, sonics are a waste of money for silver - at least
the one I bought from Rio didn't do much whatever I put in there,
including their recommended mix.
I did find that the Silver Magic Metal Cleaner plate offered by
Rio works fine for the organics and soft stones. I do a lot of
work in amber, pearls, and the copper minerals and it's
overwhelming to have to face cleaning everything I have when I
get rained out at a show or set up next to a chlorinated pool. My
problem is getting out all the investment in tight corners.
Nothing seems to work and lots of times I have to go back in and
finish by hand with rouged brushes on my Foredom. This isn't very
practical when doing production. Anyone have a suggestion?
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