Hi Folks, I could have sworn I saw this question on Orchid before, but
can’t find a trace of it in the archives. Since I had never had the
problem before, I don’t think I bothered to follow the thread… sorry
for any redundancy, but HELP!
My pickle is starting to turn sterling black. No longer coming out a
dull white. The longer the silver stays in, the blacker it gets. I am
using Sparex in a crock pot. The pickle isn’t that old… maybe a
few months… hasn’t taken on the telltale green-blue tinge of spent
pickle. It has evaporated a bit, had more water added and evaporated
some more, but that’s nothing new for me. No known contaminants, other
than the possibility of a couple dead bugs. I only use stainless steel
binding wire… and this doesn’t appear to be a plating problem. I use
water based Wite-Out as an anti-flux, boric acid, green liquid flux
(primarily). That should be about all that’s in there.
Should I just neutralize it, dump it out and start with a fresh
batch, or is there something else going on here I need to know about?
Thanks in advance,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)