Remove Tarnish From An Antique Copper Bracelet

If you inherited an antique copper bracelet from your parent and you would like to showcase the piece during an upcoming formal gathering, the following steps will teach you how to reduce signs of tarnish and bring back the beauty of the piece of jewelry.

Materials

  • plastic sheeting
  • scrub brush (flexible bristles)
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • toothbrush
  • lint-free cloth
  • sponge
  • cerium oxide
  • buffing cloth

Remove Loose Dirt And Signs Of Wear

Cover a table or a similar work area with a piece of plastic sheeting. Lay the bracelet on top of the sheeting and use a small scrub brush with flexible bristles to eliminate foreign debris from the jewelry's surface. Add equal amounts of white vinegar and baking soda to a bowl. Stir the ingredients in the bowl until they are a creamy consistency.

Dip a toothbrush into the mixture and apply the brush to portions of the copper that are tarnished. Use light pressure while moving the brush back and forth over the parts of the copper that you wish to treat. Move a lint-free cloth back and forth over the treated sections to eliminate the cleaning paste that was administered.

Polish The Copper

After the bracelet is dry, dampen a soft sponge with cerium oxide. Cerium oxide is an ingredient that is found in jewelry polish. Move the sponge in small circles over the surface of the bracelet. If the sponge dries and is difficult to move in a smooth manner over the bracelet's surface, pour a few more drops of cerium oxide onto the sponge. Continue to buff the piece of jewelry by slowly rubbing the cerium oxide into the bracelet's surface. Once you have treated the entire piece of jewelry, wipe the surface of the copper with a dry, lint-free cloth.

Care For The Bracelet

To care for you heirloom piece of jewelry, store it in an airtight container when it is not being worn. Also, take the time to remove debris or stains from its surface by wiping it off with a soft cloth. If the copper ever seems to have a tarnished appearance again, treat it by applying the homemade mixture that was previously described.

As a result of your efforts, the antique piece of jewelry will continue to look great and if you decide to pass it on to someone from a future generation, they will be able to show off the jewelry and continue to preserve the condition of the piece. Visit a site like http://www.crissy.com for more information.

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