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How can I clean Ethiopian pot metal "silver" beads?
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Posted by: Luann Udell Post Reply
05/19/2022, 20:13:01

Can't remember where I got these earrings, probably a flea market or antique store. They are tarnished like silver, but probably aren't sterling silver. Any suggestions welcome!

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Re: Cleaning Silver or White Metal
Re: How can I clean Ethiopian pot metal "silver" beads? -- Luann Udell Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
05/31/2022, 02:13:44

There are lots of wasy to clean silver or white metal. Some work better on alloys that have a higher percentage of actual silver. But most pieces will be improved.

You can make a paste from baking soda and water, and rub in on the piece.

You can rub tomato ketchup onto the piece.

You can use an old toothbrush and toothpaste.

In all instance you will rinse and dry the piece.

For larger items, or if you want to avoid the rubbing and scrubbing, the method that uses aluminum foil, baking soda, and hot water is surprisingly good.

Find directions at this link:

https://www.everbritecoatings.com/how-to-clean-silver



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My new favorite answer from Jamey is ketchup
Re: Re: Cleaning Silver or White Metal -- Beadman Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: LUANN UDELL Post Reply
06/14/2022, 20:52:53

Great suggestions, Jamey, thank you! Some do sound familiar, I'll try to put these cleaning methods somewhere where I won't lose them AGAIN. Love the one with tomato ketchup! 🤗

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Er ..tooth-whitening toothpaste? ;-)
Re: My new favorite answer from Jamey is ketchup -- LUANN UDELL Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: LUANN UDELL Post Reply
06/14/2022, 20:56:31

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Possibly useful for ivory and bone.
Re: Er ..tooth-whitening toothpaste? ;-) -- LUANN UDELL Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
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06/15/2022, 14:51:16



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