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tigerita
« on: June 06, 2007 06:47:45 AM »

Hi everyone, sorry if this has been asked before -- I did several searches and couldn't find anything.

I've been experimenting with microscope slide pendants, and have been pretty happy with my results, but recently noticed that the back (the side against my skin) starts to tarnish and even come off a bit in places after a few weeks of wear. 

here is the front (still the same as it always was):



but here is the back when i finished the pendant:


and here is the back now:



you can see that the solder is all tarnished, whereas in the first pic it was nice and shiny.  this also happens to my soldered jump rings.  has anyone else had this happen?

this is the solder i'm using:  http://www.cobar.com/flux_products.asp?group=17&id=80.

help!
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Inna
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007 08:41:40 AM »

I was always told to use a car wax or a paste wax on solder to keep it bright and shiny.
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tigerita
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007 10:25:50 AM »

wow, i had never heard that.  do you mean just applying it once and thats fine, or does it have to be applied regularly?
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Inna
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2007 08:48:21 AM »

I was told to wash and wax my stained glass projects once a year to keep them looking nice.  I sometimes do this to cheap jewelry to keep them from tarnishing too, but I don't do anything on a regular basis - I get distracted easily. Supposedly if you keep a peice of chalk in your jewelry box it absorbs the moisture and stops the tarnish - but I haven't tried it yet.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2007 08:52:29 AM »

Ive been worried about this too.Admittedly I dont wear my pendants but to prevent tarnishing I use Jade oil which has to stay on for 24 hours then go over that with metal lacquer, both help to prevent tarnishing.
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tvtrayart
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007 11:47:05 PM »

I use a silver-cleaning cloth for my pendants before I send them out and for the one's that I wear with good results.  The cloths are supposed to have stuff on them that when rubbed onto the surface will prevent tarnish later.

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tigerita
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2007 02:55:59 AM »

tvtrayart, what kind of solder do you use?  do you use the kind you need a torch for, or the tin stuff you can use an electric soldering iron for?  your solder looks pretty different to mine, but it could be just because of the larger bead?  (gorgeous pendants, by the way!)
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tvtrayart
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2007 08:08:29 AM »

Tigerita, I use the kind that you use a soldering iron for.  It's leadfree from Canfield.  I use a larger bead, I think!
Thanks for the compliment!
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tigerita
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2007 12:32:51 AM »

thanks for all the help... i tried the car wax (following some instructions i found for stained glass where you clean it with ammonia then wax it), and it's still tarnishing, but not quite as much.  the next experiment will be with a silver polishing rag!

tvtrayart, do you mind me asking how you get the large bead?  do you use a larger tip?  or larger wire? 
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tvtrayart
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2007 04:05:34 PM »

Boy, I'm not sure.  I use the regular solder in a roll (it's about 1/8" thick) and my tip is about 1/2" thick.  Does that help at all?
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