Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you are having a great day! In a relationship or not, I hope you are surrounded by love today and everyday. To share the love I'm going to post a simple tip for a safe way to remove tarnish (no matter how much!) from your sterling silver.

This technique can be used for anything silver - jewelry, silverware, cups or saucers even? First you need the ingredients - salt, dish soap, baking soda, tinfoil, a pot. Take your pot and line it with the tinfoil. In the bottom, squirt a bit of dish soap and a scoop each of baking soda and salt.

Fill the pot 3/4 of the way with water. Stir and bring the solution to a boil. I had to scoop out the bubbles that accumulated on top into the sink at this point. Throw in your sterling silver and let simmer for about 10 minutes. You will quickly see the tarnish fly off the silver and be attracted instead to the tinfoil. It almost feels like magic!

Drain the mixture and rinse your silver. It will be sparkling like new at this point!

I recently used this technique when I designed this sterling silver "Key To My Heart" pendant as a custom design for a client to give as a Valentine's Day gift. Check out my Flickr album here, and please feel free to leave comments! I love to hear anything and everything you have to say.

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