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Camphor, pacific cloth, and tarnish prevention


#1

Tarnish on sterling silver has become the bane of my existence! (No
surprises there.)

I have been reading up on methods of preventing tarnish, both as
suggested by previous posts to Orchid and other articles online. My
plan is to do a series of tests of the methods I have found. So far,
this includes regular plastic bags vs. polyethylene plastic bags vs.

cardboard boxes vs. archival cardboard boxes, camphor cakes,
aluminum foil, 3M anti- tarnish strips, anti-tarnish tissue, pacific
cloth, and Renaissance wax. I have used several of these with
success,
but here are my questions: where can I buy solid cakes of camphor? Do
pharmacies carry it? Where can I find pacific cloth, specifically,
the type embedded with tiny silver particles manufactured by
Wamsutta?
Are there any other tests you’d like to see

added to my list?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Erica


#2

Most pharmacies will order the camphor cakes. You will most likely
have to buy a whole box (12 cakes probably) but it is not expensive.

I am an RPh.
J. S. (Sue) Ellington
http://www.jsellington.com


#3

Erica,

I can’t answer you questions but have a request of my own. Could you
please post the results of your testing.

Regards
Lisa Fowler
LL Fowler Designs


#4
My plan is to do a series of tests of the methods I have found. 

I hope you will include 3M TaniShield and Goddard’s Long Shine
Cloth.

Then write an article-- I bet Art Jewelry or Lapidary Journal would
be interested. If not, I’d love to have it for the Chicago Metal
Arts Guild newsletter-- though there’s no money involved with that.

Noel


#5

Camphor chunks are available at Indian grocery stores. Camphor is
used in Hindu ritual offerings.


#6

Erica

What a valuable thing you are doing. I’ve never seen a report on a
comparison of anti tarnish methods. It certainly warrants writing an
article. One other substance I’ve used says it prevents tarnishing
for 1 year–Tarn-X Silver Glaze. I bought mine in a large hardware
store.I hope you will let us all know your test results.

Thanks, Sandra


#7
Where can I find pacific cloth, specifically, the type embedded
with tiny silver particles manufactured by Wamsutta? 

I don’t know about the Wamsutta stuff - but I’ve bought lots of
silvercloth from Denver Fabrics online - www.denverfabrics.com search
for silvercloth or go to the decorator section and click on
silvercloth. It comes 58 inches wide for $9.00US. It is the best buy
I can find on the web. There is some cheaper, but it is only 29
inches wide. I cut it into 6 inch square pieces and wrap my jewelry
in it. It retards tarnish and also preserves patinas beautifully. It
doesn’t seem to ravel so I don’t finish the edges but put it in a
satin bag for my clients.

Of your choices, I’ve tried most of them and this is the best I’ve
found. I’m looking forward to your research results.

Judy Hoch


#8

hi Erica,

We put 2 sticks of white chalk in each sterling showcase and ir
stopped the tarnishing completely. Others probably know more about
this than I.

Good luck. Tom Arnold


#9

Have you ever tried the anti-tarnish bags from mini-grip. Stuller
carries, I believe Rio, and gesswein as well

Andy " The Tool Guy" Kroungold
Stuller Inc


#10

The chalk has worked in my family silver service at home for going
on 70 years