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Posted on Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:39 am || Last edited by Zjef on Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:03 pm; edited 1 time in total
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After about 35 minutes is looked like this and smelled even worse than the hydrogen peroxide experiment.





But: I have some result!



Some rings turned dark and others not. Some rings only colored on one side... Things have to be optimized, but this method seemed to work.


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Posted on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:59 pm
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Sorry, I should have mentioned that you need to move them around once in awhile to ensure consistency. It's been like 7 years since I tried this.


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Posted on Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:31 pm
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Yeah, I know for a fact that letting them sit too long will strip all the galvy off the rings. I own a glove that's more rust than steel now. Live and learn.


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Posted on Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:09 am || Last edited by Zjef on Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:03 pm; edited 1 time in total
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Today I've tried it again. I used the same rings form my last experiment, so some of them already had some dark grey spots/sides.



Left: colored, right: uncolored

I used a different brand of lemon juice (the cheapest one I could find - not very strong). The rings soaked for about 40 minutes. I shook the bottle every 7 - 10 minutes.

There are still some rings (let's say 30 %) I would not use for an inlay because they were too light or just had some dark spots, but I can live with it. Let's go for a bigger batch!


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Posted on Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:36 am
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Looks good, keep it up!


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