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Cleaning silver and silver plate.
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Posted on Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:21 am
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A bit too short for an article this one.

A very simple and quick way to clean silver and silver plate (which is non-abrasive), is toothpaste. Just rub in the toothpaste with a little water, with your hands (or toothbrush for anything highly decorated) and wash off with soap and water. It works a treat.


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Posted on Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:39 am
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I don't have the money to work in silver for maille as of now, but my marching trombone is silver plated... :proceeds to empty every tube of toothpaste in the house onto trombone:


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Posted on Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:36 am
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wouldn't the toothpaste eventually erode through the silver plating?



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Posted on Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:00 pm
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I guess it would eventually but it's much kinder to silver plate than metal polish and if you rub it in with your hands it doesn't wear so much.


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Posted on Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:20 am
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There actually IS an article on this!

http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=8923

Also try my new article on kitchen silver polishing. I posted it during the great board blackout.

http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=13942

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Posted on Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:07 pm
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I use a solution called 'The Silver Solution',made by Sheffco of London,to replate and plate non ferrous metals(does'nt work on alluminium,lead or britannia metal).It is also used for cleaning silver.A process called molecular plating,simply rub on and buff it leaves a fine coating of silver on metal,odour free and non toxic.Advisable to wear gloves though,else fingers and nails are stained brown for weeks.Big jobs for jewellery,I make in copper and plate with the solution.

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Posted on Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:50 am
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Where'd you find that Silver Solution Stuff? I came across a bottle of it (dried up) and an internet search for the company or product seems to show that it has vanished off the face of the earth. Mostly, I am interested, not because I have any silver to use it on, but if it does actually plate fresh silver out onto the piece, it should be fairly easy to recover nearly all of the silver from the now unusable contents of the bottle. Of course, this requires that I have some kind of ingredient list of which there is none on the old bottle.

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