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Old 08-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #21
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Washing soda works too. I would only use it on something that is more or less hopeless, I would not use it on anything valuable.
Why? I have used commercial dips on silver jewellery and it works best on stuff that isn't too badly tarnished, and of course, stuff that doesn't have a pattern that needs patina.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:13 PM   #22
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They work on those "I've got to mark my territory" dark places on door facings & wall corners where my black cat rubs himself. This is a quick fix -- the paint may wear slightly but not seriously. Don't know if light-colored cats leave the same marks.
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:44 PM   #23
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Why? I have used commercial dips on silver jewellery and it works best on stuff that isn't too badly tarnished, and of course, stuff that doesn't have a pattern that needs patina.
I only offer a word of caution so no one dips Great Aunt Minnie's lovely heirloom brooch into it and ends up disappointed with the decision. I have not had consistent results, some items end up looking sort of raw and lifeless, others are sparkling and fresh.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:04 PM   #24
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I've also cleaned my jewelry in ammonia, water, and a toothbrush. That worked well too, especially for rings.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:28 PM   #25
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I love magic erasers! I have 7 boxes of them in the cleaning supplies cabinet. They were on a good sale a while back. As mentioned though, I'm very careful about using them on painted or finished surfaces.
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