Well, while I was cooking tea this evening, I thought I’d give the
recommended recipe a try. I had a sterling byzantine chain (which
I’ve asked questions about in another post), a bracelet I made for
myself and a sterling silver medical bracelet that my
endocrinologist makes me promise to wear all the time. The latter
bracelet had gone very ugly (well even more ugly than usual) with
oxidation and pickling hadn’t helped it at all so I thought I’d give
the old hot water, aluminium foil and baking soda a try (as I’d only
got baking soda and not washing soda). It worked like a charm.
I put a layer of aluminium foil in the bottom of a large plastic
mixing bowl, placed the pieces of jewellery on the foil, poured
boiled water from the kettle into the bowl and sprinkled some baking
soda into the bowl. Instant kitchen chemistry, clean jewellery like
new and murky water. It’s not an exact science. Sprinkle in some
baking soda or washing soda or Calgon (whichever you happen to have).
If it’s not working fast enough for your liking, sprinkle some more
in. Don’t put any enamelled silver jewellery in though. My medical
brtacelet has some enamelling on it and it came off but I didn’t mind
as I prefer it plain sterling anyway - I had a feeling it would so
was prepared for it.