I hope you don’t mind that I am sending this e-mail to yourself & to
our friends on Orchid simultaneously.
I asked you several weeks ago about what kind of provisions need to
be made in a shared studio so that Argentium Sterling is not
contaminated. You told me that the only thing I really must concern
myself with is a separate set of buffing wheels. Well, we haven’t
had a chance to make a studio order yet so I am still making due
with the buffs that every one uses, even the beginners still working
in Cu and Brass.
Yesterday I had this thought: When someone accidentally contaminates
the pickle with steel and copper plates their silver, they are
advised to make up a batch of “super pickle” (Pickle w/ H2O2). That
usually strips off all the pink. If I were to take a fully polished
piece in Argentium Sterling, and put it for a few minutes in the
Super Pickle would I be preventing later oxidation from residual
copper? Would I destroy my polish? (I guess I’ve never had any
reason to put a pristine polished piece in the pickle).
Thank you for considering this problem—and it is already a
problem, as I have begun to polish my first Argentium Spoon.