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« on: February 28, 2010 08:03:19 PM »


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I've been caught off-guard by copper beads tarnishing in a Peyote band I'm weaving, and I don't know what to do!  Undecided   I know how to polish copper alone, or with other metals, but how can I polish tiny beads without ruining the glass beads and threadwork around them?


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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010 02:23:18 AM »

These things happen sometimes, and it's dreadful.  Undecided

Maybe you could use a cotton tip (don't know the US name for that).

I usually drop the whole thing in water, since it's probably sweat that caused the tarnish anyway.

If that doesn't work I soak it in soap water. That probably takes the colour of the copper, but not the green. Sometimes it turns out quite well, not the same colours but something else (sometimes it just ruins the whole thing  Shocked, but it is after all the last resort).
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010 10:10:14 PM »

the glass beads shouldnt be affected unless they are color coated, which those do not appear to be. I would suggest trying to polish the copper beads with a cotton ball or q-tip soaked in polish and rubbing it over them rather than submersing the piece, because the thread can weaken or break.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010 08:07:56 PM »


The Q-tip method sounds good.

I'm wondering now if there is some sort of sealant I can put on them to prevent -- or at least slow -- tarnishing in the future?   Huh Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2010 10:56:41 AM »

People usually suggest Krylon, a fixative spray for drawings. I haven't used it myself though so don't know how long it works for.

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