Hi. I will try to answer your questions and I know others will
too so between all of us, it’ll be more than you ever wanted to
what is the meaning of steam cleaner,is that means dip the
pieces into the boiled water
A Steam Cleaner is a piece of equipment. It boils water in a
specially constructed tank. The boiling water makes steam which
is released on demand by stepping on a foot pedal. The steam is
directed through a small orifice (nozzle) at about 60-85 lbs. of
pressure. This means you get a sharp blast of hot dry steam
that is extremely effective in cleaning jewelry.
what is the ideal handling wire for rhodium plating,stainless
steel or copper wire?
Well, my vote is for copper. Technically you dont want to
introduce copper into the rhodium bath - but the first time you
use the copper wire it gets rhodium plated anyway. I’ve never
had a bath become contaminated from using a copper work wire.
My copper wire is pretty thin gauge so I take about 6 pieces of
wire and twist them tightly together to form about a 1/8" thick
piece of wire.
how to electroclean the pieces,what kind of anode should be
use ?what is the temp,time & voltage.
Here it depends on what brand of electrocleaner you buy.
Gesswein’s is used at about 160 degrees F., about 6-9 volts as I
recall, and 30 seconds is usually plenty of time for a thorough
cleaning. I use it in a stainless steel beaker so I attach my
lead wire to the beaker lip and the beaker itself serves as the
anode. If you were to use a Pyrex beaker, you could of course
use a stainless steel anode.
After electrocleaning, rinse thoroughly in tap water. Then
remember to give one final rinse in distilled water before you
I hope this has been of help to you.
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