I was tapping a sterling and copper work piece when my tap broke off
in the silver. Now the steel must be removed prior to any further
hot procedures for the piece to be put in pickle.
I realize that the steel will need to rust out, because it is stuck
too tight get out with needle nose. I was- just barely- able to get
a needle nose on it, but the steel is much harder than my pliers and
killed the tips. (now I get to spend some quality time grinding and
re-dressing my plier tips- wooo hooo!) I have quite a lot of time in
the project, starting over is not really an option.
Does anyone have any suggestions for accelerating the rusting /
corrosion process- that will not injure the sterling or the
surrounding copper? I have not yet gotten to the cosmetic stage of
dressing the piece, so slight marring that can be sanded out is