First, thanks to you all for your insights. This was my first posting
and it was somewhat like a game of telephone, where the message gets
modified as it goes down the line.
So for clarification:
I did’nt leave binding wire in my pickle. I put binding wire in
with brass to plate it and hopefully remove some copper from the
solution. I thought that the reaction stops when you remove the
binding wire, so I took it and the brass out. Alas, my pickle is
still blue with copper. So should I make a new batch? I can’t dump it
down the drain as we live in an area with septic, no sewer. Will
washing soda neutralize the pickle enough to dump it? Or should I
take it to a hazardous waste disposal? What does hydrogen peroxide do
to pickle exactly? It is Sparex #2.
The stain on the silver was gray, not copper. It could be
firescale, however I notice that it does not appear if I fish the item
out as soon as the white coating appears. It seems to appear if I
leave the item in too long. So that is why I thought there was
something wrong with the pickle. (???)
I use Handy flux usually. In this particular case I coated the
earring with Handy flux and then also used a tiny bit of easy paste
solder to anchor the little 18k balls to the sterling. Is Handy flux
And I also didn’t think it was firescale because there was actually
very little torch on the piece, just enough to make the paste solder
flow. And there was no gray on the gold, only the silver.
I am soooo confused (and ignorant)! Thanks in advance for your help!
Mary Barker, HPCU IT - MTS
(650) or TN 857-7372