Since I started playing around with stainless steel safety lock-wire,
I’m pretty pleased with the results, but now I need to figure out how
to pretty it up after I’ve abused it… it gets work-hardened during
the knot-tying process, and I can kill the temper by heating it, but
it darkens considerably when I do so.
If I can avoid having to heat it, no problem. Here’s one that I made
in 0.020" wire:
But if I use heavier gauge wire it needs to be annealed at least a
little bit, when I’m ready to stretch it to size, and that leaves it
a bit brownish. So: is there anything I can do, by way of pickling
or dipping, that will bring it back to a brighter finish? Polishing
it on the buffer only affects the surfaces exposed to the wheel, not
the crevices or the inside of the ring.
I’ve tried vinegar and baking soda with no particular success, and I
try to avoid stronger acids around the house. Any suggestions?