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I’ve been researching the best way to clean copper jewelry. And it has been entertainingâ€¦
I’ve read about using ketchup, lemon juice, lemon juice and salt combined, Worcestershire sauce and a few other things that just sounded nasty.
I rummaged through my pile of the â€˜not quite happy with it stash â€“ better known as â€˜What was I thinking?’ pile. I found a bracelet that I had made up while learning some things from Connie Fox’s tutorials. It has sat on my desk for over a year and I haven’t quite decided what to do with it yet but it was getting kind of grungy so it was a great learning tool. Lots of swirls and coils â€“ things like that
I have Paul Revere copper bottom pots and pans that I used to keep nice and shiny in my cooking days and figured that maybe I could use this on the pots and pans if the experiment went well.
First I tried lemon juice in the bottom of a glass bowl â€“ I really couldn’t see much happening so I added some salt and scrubbed a bit â€“ nothing overly thrilling on that front. I had also read that salt used on copper corrodes it. Somewhere in my tiny brain, thoughts of soda surfaced so I got a different dish and poured new lemon juice in â€“ then I laid the bracelet in the bottom of the juice and added some baking soda (reminder to self â€“ get a bigger bowl next time!). That was the most effective so far. I let it set until the bubbling and foaming stopped and rubbed at it with my fingers. I liked it the best so far but still wasn’t really happy with it. I ran the bracelet under clear water. I debated on my next item to use — I like ketchup on my fries and I didn’t want to waste it on my jewelry so I didn’t try that. I did find some Worcestershire sauce in my cupboard so that was next. I laid the bracelet on my cutting board and poured some WS over it â€“ rubbed it over the bracelet with my fingers to get a better coverage. Wow!! Shined it right up! Cleaned off the bracelet with some water and dried it with an old, soft dish towel. Turned out so shiny I think I’ll take it downstairs this afternoon and start working on it again.