Orchid Friends, This thought has been going around in my brain for
awhile. Please excuse the fact that I will not reference any
particular post or person.
Some months ago we had a thread that mentioned how distructive
chlorine was to silver and gold. Someone mentioned that she did a
lot of swimming in a pool and was repeatedly losing the prongs to
her expensive solitare engagement ring.
More recently someone mentioned that they were using chlorine bleach
to get a patina on silver and again someone wrote that the bleach
was distructive in that it was basically removing everything in the
sterling that wasn’t fine silver.
We’ve been having a thread about depletion guilding on silver for
reticulation and/or kum-boo. Do you see where I am going with this?
If we do the normal depletion guild using the torch and pickle then
when we are done we have a fine silver surface but immediately
underneath we have black oxides. If we deplete a reasonably thick
piece of sterling with chlorine bleach it would seem that we would
still get the fine silver skin but would not have the oxides.
Karla in sunny Southern California