Older charm bracelet - base metal -

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Messilane, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Any way to brighten up these charms?
    I have no idea what they are made of, but it sure isn't silver! :)

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  2. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    I suspect the are similar to pewter. Try a pewter cleaning recipe. If they have zinc in the mix they may not clean up but only get worse with cleaning.
     
  3. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Oh dear. Well, I will just try a teeny area with a Q-Tip or something.
    Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  4. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi Messi,
    I had to laugh with Terry's remark. When I was kid I used liquid mercury to make this type of metal real shiny. Just dip it in wait a minute and did not even have to rinse. The stuff was a miracle. Later the metal would fall into pieces. I played with that stuff for years, perhaps that is why I have no intact brain cells now. if they have nickel in them it will turn your wrist green and then you can have them chromed.:wacky:
    greg
     
  5. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    What I did was to use something I had forgotten I had.
    Sunshine Jewelry Cleaner.
    It didn't exactly shine them up, but it did get all the dirt and gunk off them, so they at least look clean (and better!).
     
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  6. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Part of this is no doubt the lighting, as you can see by the chain (which I did not clean), but here is before . . .
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    And here is after . . .
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  7. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    Stop talking and start chalking
     
  8. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    LOL!!
    I'm only good at it after my second or third scotch. :D
     
  9. spirit-of-shiloh

    spirit-of-shiloh Well-Known Member

    I have used a pencil eraser on non precious metal jewelry and most of the time the grime is erased away. ;)
     
  10. tie.dye.cat

    tie.dye.cat Well-Known Member

    I've used a sunshine cloth on non-precious metals sometimes with good results.

    Looks like it shined up good with the cleaner though!
     
  11. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the Sunshine liquid is pretty good stuff.

    I'm going to try the eraser thing though that Shiloh suggested, if I can find one in the house that isn't all hard and nasty.
    That's what happens when you rarely use a pencil. LOLOL
     
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  12. tie.dye.cat

    tie.dye.cat Well-Known Member

    Pencil? What's a pencil? :p
     
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  13. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Jeopardy question?
    answer What a constipated accountant uses to work it out.
    greg
     
  14. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    Pencils are what you use to make a phone call
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  15. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Greg, that was one my father's favorite jokes! LOL
    Used to really tick off my mom though. heh heh heh
     
  16. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    A kneaded eraser might work since it's flexible and could be pushed into crevices.
     
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  17. Mansons2005

    Mansons2005 Nasty by Nature, Curmudgeon by Choice

    Ya mean for a constipated accountant????????????:woot::woot::woot:
     
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  18. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    LOL! Uh, I guess I better pay more attention to posts immediately before my own! :D
     
  19. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

  20. spirit-of-shiloh

    spirit-of-shiloh Well-Known Member

    I use a #2 pencil to hold my hair in a make shift bun...I have class :D
     
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