Tasting pickle

Someone recently suggested tasting a pickle solution to judge its
strength…BAD IDEA1 No beginner in this field should ever be
encouraged to put any of the many different chemicals jewelers use in
to his/her mouth! Usually even skin contact with them should be
avoided. I hate to hear anybody passing along “helpful hints” like
this. I hope people will use their common sense about issues like
this and not just blithely take advice posted onto a discussion site.-
Catherine Hylands