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« on: January 31, 2014 07:15:26 PM »

Gosh it's been a million years since I last posted to Craftster. Anywho, I have a question to which I don't know the answer and I am pretty sure you lovelies will.
The store I work at sells, among other things, hand crafted jewellery. We just received product from a new vendor, and unfortunately it brought with it a rather unpleasant odour. We think it's that brassy smell that base metals sometimes have by themselves, combining with the fact that the artist who makes the pieces is a smoker.
How can we remove the smell without damaging the jewellery? The pieces use swarovski crystals, swarovski pearls, fresh water pearls, semi precious stones (I believe there is amethyst and peridot), and they are on a mixture of sterling silver, silver plate, brass, gold plate or copper chains and findings. Some of the brass has an oxidised finish, and one piece in particular has a verdigris finish that we really don't want to harm in any way.
Any help will be oh-so gratefully received! Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014 07:01:30 AM »

Perhaps putting the piece in a container with an open box of baking soda would help remove the odors? I'd ask the crafter if there is any cleaning solution you can use on the pieces without harming the verdigris finish as well...maybe a mild soap & water?
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2014 11:47:05 AM »

I'd try a good rinse with a soft towel to dry it all...  Or maybe can you try just a polishing cloth first- the soft microfiber with no treatment.  It might remove any strange residue. 

Otherwise, if sitting in a box of baking soda doesn't work, freeze the pieces for a few days in the coldest freezer you have.  I have removed nasty odors that way, including smoke, from lots of things. 
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I use baking soda a lot but I also swear by my little ultrasonic cleaner...great for bulk cleaning of finished pieces or chain with hard to reach areas.

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