I seem to have returned from Haystack, in Maine, just in time to
read your interesting post. Thanks for the thanks! And thank you for
sharing an interesting situation. I think that you have done a good
I think that the blue pickle-- containing a lot of copper-- might be
part of the problem, though my pickle is blue, too... I think that
the brass brush is possibly a problem, though I use a brass brush,
too----I always use it with soapy water as a lubricant, so that the
brass brush burnishes, rather than being abrasive, and the
lubricating soapy water helps to ensure that the brass does not rub
onto the silver. Did you use soapy water with your brass brush?
Another question, since you mention tarnish 'spots": Did you dry
the silver with a cloth, rather than let it air dry?
The other suggestion I have is to use Goddard's Long Shine Silver
Cloth as the final finishing step. (I use the liquid form for silver
with deep textures.) Something about the chemicals in this cloth (and
liquid) enhance the protection of the germanium oxide of the
Argentium Sterling Silver. I hope this helps!