Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/liver of sulpher


i had to buy a component that was antiqued. I could not find what i wanted in brite. can i remove the antiquing by pickle?

Nancy, pickle will not be highly effective in removing the patina. The best approach if you can reach it is to use a mild abrasive compound (tripoli?) on a small rotary brush in a hand piece such as a Dremel.  Heating slightly then plunging in pickle might work ok.  Be careful of heat and sensitive gemstones or stones damaged by the pickle solution.

Since you might not be certain how the patina was done on the new component, try hot pickle first before going to buffing off the patina. Some patinas painted on or done with quite harsh chemicals will come off in an ultrasonic bath or from a blast from a steam cleaner.  A jeweler might do this for you.

Best wishes with attaining the finish you want.  God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.  

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