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Metal-eating pickle


#1

I mixed up my first batch of Rio Grande pickle today according to the
instructions on the box. Tonight I put in some tarnished yard sale
silver (?) earrings and walked away to answer the door. Several hours
later I remembered the earrings and discovered that the wire that
goes through the ear as well as whatever metal connected the latch on
the opposite side had sort of disappeared.

Other than the obvious – getting sidetracked for several hours –
what went wrong? I’m going to try the same thing with a scrap of
sterling silver and see what happens.

Willi


#2

When I posted my question about the pickle I neglected to mention
that I took the earrings out of the pickle in semi darkness. I didn’t
see until this morning that they had a pinkish cast. Reading the
directions on the Rio Grande pickle box I read that putting steel in
the pickle will turn silver pink and contaminate the liquid. I’m
going to guess that the findings were surgical steel and that’s why
they dissolved.

Any opinions?
Willi


#3

I use copper tongs to remove anything from my pickle. no steel ever
goes in. that is how i was shown and i never asked why guess that is
why

best luck
Jen


#4

Hello,

Cleverwerx titanium tweezers can be used to remove pieces from pickle
without contaminating the pickle [cleverwerx.com]. I bought mine
awhile ago and love being able to bring just-soldered pieces to
pickle and not have to drop them in…I can just put them in with
the tweezers. Copper works great for this, but these tweezers are
neat. The company also makes a titanium solder pic…now that’s a
great tool, too.

Linda Kaye-Moses


#5
Cleverwerx titanium tweezers can be used to remove pieces from
pickle without contaminating the pickle [cleverwerx.com]. I bought
mine awhile ago and love being able to bring just-soldered pieces
to pickle and not have to drop them in...I can just put them in
with the tweezers. 

Yes the Cleverwerx tweezers are nice tools I like my set and use
then daily but you don’t need titanium tweezers to do place work in
pickle, stainless steel works just fine for this use.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts


#6

I used the two-eared copper tongs for a long time, until it occurred
to me to try a pair of large, cooking chopsticks. No more copper
tongs for me! A quick rinse after each use (you are probably rinsing
the piece, anyway) and they last a long, long time. I use bamboo
chopsticks, I tried the plastic ones, but they were too slippery.

Regards,
Bob Edwards
Chromis Designs
San Francisco


#7

The pickle should not hurt the wires if they were stainless steel.
Was the metal that disappeared very thin? Are you sure you did not
misread the directions for mixing pickle and mixed it too strong?
Could the metal have been plastic with a very thin coat of silver
over it?

marilyn