How To Clean Copper Jewelry with Everyday Items
Copper jewelry has adorned humans for most of recorded history. Its beauty and shine make pieces created with it treasured heirlooms. When you purchase a piece of copper jewelry, it’s natural to want to wear it, to show it off, to enjoy its beauty. But what happens over time? Exposure to air can tarnish the copper, leaving your treasure with a dull look rather than a mesmerizing shine. Thankfully, today we have some easy, simple ways to put the shine back into your copper jewelry with only a little effort and some items you probably have in your pantry.
Before you use even a natural product, make sure to follow some simple precautions.
- Don’t use any high acidic product on a piece that has pearls or other soft stones in it.
- Make sure to limit the soaking time as well.
- Cleaning shouldn’t leave your jewelry damaged.
Liquids with high acidic qualities can soak away the tarnish from your copper jewelry. Items such as lemon juice, tomato juice and even tomato ketchup can make good cleaning liquids. Combined with an old, soft toothbrush to get into crevices, you can have your jewelry shining again in a short time.
Place your copper jewelry in a bowl containing the acidic liquid you’ve chosen (as a general rule, lemon juice works best). Let the piece soak for ten to twenty minutes. Leaving it in the solution too long can cause damage, so make sure you time how long it’s been soaking. Remember to turn the piece every few minutes for even cleaning. If the jewelry is very dirty, you may have to change out the cleaning liquid and replace it with fresh to make certain you remove all the dirt. Use the soft toothbrush to get dirt hiding in crevices within the design, making sure you don’t rub so hard you damage the piece.
When your jewelry is clean, remove it from the liquid and run clear water over it to rinse any remaining residue off. You can then use a little soapy water for the final cleaning, rinse, and voila, your beautiful copper jewelry is restored to its original brilliance.
Now A Demonstration with Janice Tenorio
Hi everybody my name is Janice Tenorio and today we want to show you a video on how to clean your copper jewelry.
As you can see here I have the copper jewelry here, which is tarnished. I think sometimes a lot of your jewelry will look dull, the patina kind of changes. We’ll show you three different methods on how to clean your copper jewelry.
The first one is just plain ketchup. What we do is just take your bracelet or piece of jewelry and then (this is going to be a little bit messy) put the ketchup right on top of it, and kind of just slowly rub it in. As you can see, it already kind of starts. Ketchup does have the water, salt and acid to clean the copper. What we’ve done is just caked(the ketchup) on there. If you like ketchup this is good. I’m just going to let it sit there for a few minutes…So we left this sit for about five minutes and then now we’re just going to take it to water. Just rinse it off. Now you have nice, shiny copper bracelet again.
Our next method of cleaning copper jewelry is going to be salt, vinegar, and water. You can use any type of vinegar. Put the water in the container. Then the salt, a couple teaspoons. Depends on how much copper jewelry you have to clean. Then some vinegar. A few tablespoons should do. And then I’m going to take this piece of copper jewelry, you can see how dull it is, and set it into the solution. As you can see already how fast it gets clean. That’s the salt, vinegar, and water. That’s my preference of cleaning copper jewelry.
The next method is lemon juice, or a real lemon. If you just pour it on the piece. Then take the salt and begin to rub it. And once again you have a brand new bracelet. I would just rinse that off to get all that salt and lemon juice off. Having a jewelry cloth is good to have to shine up your bracelets too, after you’ve cleaned them. And there you go.
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