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Removing Antiqued Finish?


#1

I have a customer who has asked me to remove the antiqued finish
from her sterling silver & 14ky gold earrings. I would appreciate
any suggestions. I suppose I could buff it off but there has to be a
better way?

Thanks,
Susie Morgan


#2
   I have a customer who has asked me to remove the antiqued
finish from her sterling silver & 14ky gold earrings.  I would
appreciate any suggestions.  I suppose I could buff it off but
there has to be a better way? 

depends on what was used to antique, flat black enamel can be
removed with acetone. instant-dip silver cleaner will remove antique,
use it in a glass in your ultrasonic and it will strip the silver. you will
have to repolish.


#3
I have a customer who has asked me to remove the antiqued finish
from her sterling silver & 14ky gold earrings.  I would appreciate
any suggestions.  I suppose I could buff it off but there has to
be a better way? 

Hi Susie, If the jewelry has an antique paint on it I have had
success putting it in a cup of warm water and adding a tablet or two
of Efferdent- the stuff you use to clean dentures (Doug Zaruba’s
trick). If the jewelry has a patina (like liver of sulfer) Tarnex
(found in hardware and drug stores) usually works. HTH Kate Wolf
http://www.katewolfdesigns.com


#4

The easiest way that I do this is by heating item slightly and
following instructions for ‘stripping solutions’. With your sterling
items, you might want to remove the ‘soft stones’… Another way is
heating items, and agetate into boiling sulferic acid for a
few seconds.(slightly dangerous)and rince with cold running water.


#5

if the items do not have stones it it is easier. heat the item at a
low flame until the item turns bronish, far below annealing temp.
this will burn off the antique. Proceede to the pickle and then
polish.

remember if you are making something new wait till the very end to
antique as it will burn off when sodering.

jj


#6
 remove the antiqued finish from her sterling silver & 14ky gold
earrings. 

If you have access to a SpeedBrite ionic cleaner, it might do the
trick. Otherwise, a trip to the pickle pot should work, but will
probably require polishing again. If gemstones are present, be sure
to check compatibility before putting in the pickle.

All the best,

Dave

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)
dave@sebaste.com