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Repairing tarnish free silver


#1

I’ve been watching the posts Re: tarnish free silver, and I’m not
sure if the problem I’m having is with this or simply plated silver.
I occasionally do repairs to silver jewellery, and it looks very
bright when it comes in, and after I solder it, there is a distinct
difference in the metal colour. Usually I avoid these pieces but
sometimes a good customer will press me to fix one. Can anyone give
me some advice? Can tarnish free silver be soldered “as usual”?
Thanks so much, I’m learning a little every day from Orchid! Kim


#2

It is probably not tarnish free silver it is probably rhodium plated
and the plating is burned off in the soldering. Rhodium plating used
to be a standard way for manufactured silver goods to be protected
from tarnish. It has gotten very expensive latly but it still may be
in use for this.

Jim


jbin@well.com
James Binnion Metal Arts
4701 San Leandro St #18
Oakland, CA 94601
510-533-5108