First of all it’s worth mentioning. dont overheat the stainless when
silversoldering… and you will have way less cleanup.
“Pickling” stainless can be accomplished using citric acid and
I use about a cup of citric in quart of water for the “pickle”
for the electro stripping power use a dewalt 18 volt battery (or
suitable power supply though that’s more of an electronic tech’s
Use a voltmeter to figure out which battery terminal is positive.
You must be sure.
Ask for help from a knowledgeable friend or go visit the local
vo-tech electronics class/ auto parts place/ if you are not ok with
the positve battery lead connects to the “work” to be stripped (via
a flexable copper wire and alligator clip, each end)
the negative battery lead - goes to a “handle” you must make from
someting insulating like small diameter pvc or plastics. smallish but
run the neg lead through said handle, to a small piece of an
abrasiveplastic material like a 3m plasticized scrubbe. You want it
to t hold the scrubber but NOT contact the “work”.
put the stainless in the “pickle”…with positive lead
attached… use the handled scrubber to softly abrade the oxides
while immersed in pickle. a little work and patience will work
(you do not want the positive lead to directly contact the work,
sincethe negative lead is already connedted that would be a short
stainless is cool on jewelry. but you will work for it. it polishes
up like chrome… bling bling on the cheap
I would like to thank the person who shared this with me, here on
Orchid. unfortunately i’ve forgotten his name.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, and no simpler.