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Rusty Cauldron

Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:00 pm

By Rosewood (Rosewood) on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 04:35 pm:

I know there is a thread somewhere for household tips etc but I can't see it (eyes have gone googly looking at all the topics)... anyway this one will do...

I was wondering if anyone can advise on the best way to clean sterling silver jewelery (pentagrams and celtic twisty things). I suppose I could just buy some silver cleaner from the supermarket but I'd rather just use something from the kitchen if possible. I seem to manage to clean most things with a lemon...

any ideas?
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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:01 pm

By Bamby (Bamby) on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 06:11 pm:

I used to work with a jeweler who swore by ordinary washing up liquid, but if something has got really grubby I'm afraid I've had to resort to silver cleaner. I, too, would like to know of a better method.

Just had a thought about environmentally friendly cleaning, has anyone ever seen the Houses Behaving Badly program - she never uses chemicals, mostly vinegar and water.

Goes away muttering about having watched too much tv lately.

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Re: Rusty Cauldron

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By Birchwood (Birchwood) on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 06:53 pm:

I love the tips on Houses Behaving Badly. Anyone know what a mixture of bicarb and white vinegar would do to the silver? She seems to use that for everything, and I must admit, I've started using it too.

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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:01 pm

By Bamby (Bamby) on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:52 pm:

OK, call me sad, but I looked it up and found this, I thought it might be useful for our non-British friends who don't get BBC and Houses Behaving Badly.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/tv_and_radio ... ouse.shtml

But then again, that might involve that thing called 'housework'. I'm sorry for swearing, it's very naughty of me.

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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:02 pm

By Helen (Helen) on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 10:13 pm:

If it's solid silver, no stones, try a solution of household soda with very hot water (tablespoon for every pint) in a pyrex dish with a large-ish piece of aluminium foil in bottom. Or gently boil solution in an aluminium saucepan that you can spare. Chemical reaction takes place, plates the tarnish onto the aluminium.
Sorry can't give better explanation, too late, got to go to bed
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ps probably better not to inhale fumes
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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:02 pm

By Rosewood (Rosewood) on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 09:01 am:

Thanks for the suggestions, I might try just washing up liquid for starters. If that doesn't work then I'll attempt something more dramatic!
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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:03 pm

By Bonnie (Bonnie) on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 04:06 pm:

Helen, I've used the baking soda & hot water in a foil lined dish & it works very well. No scrubbing needed! Then to keep silver fresh and bright, I use white vinegar on a damp cloth the polish. Vinegar & "elbow grease" also cleans brass. Elbow grease refers to the effort of manual buffing, not a cleaning product :)
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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:03 pm

By Bamby (Bamby) on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 12:50 pm:

Rosewood - Just spotted this nugget and wondered if it could help:

"Silver that has dulled can be shined up again by rubbing a potato dipped in baking soda. Or when you boil potatoes, save the water to soak your silver in."

I've not tried it so I'm not sure if it works.

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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:03 pm

By Rosewood (Rosewood) on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 05:25 pm:

Well I am making mash tomorrow so I'll give it a go. Thanks! BB
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Re: Rusty Cauldron

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:04 pm

By Bonnie (Bonnie) on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 03:15 pm:

I'm bringing this up for Freyawytch.

To "season" a cauldron, coat it with a thin layer of cooking oil and place it in an oven @425' for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the cauldron inside the oven until it is cooled. This puts a protective glaze on the cauldron. If it feels tacky, sticky then your oven wasn't hot enough. Repeat.

Thereafter, never use soap or abrasive cleansers, just warm water to wash it with and DRY IT WELL.
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