Daily Wire Tip Nov. 27: Water Spots on Wire

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
November 27, 2010

Question:

I have wire that has water spots on it, is there anyway I can remove them, or is it useless now?

-Rose in St. Simons Island, Georgia

Answer:

No Rose, your wire is not useless!

My suggestion is to keep a container of rubbing alcohol and a piece of tee shirt by your workspace. When you are straightening the wire for a project, dampen the tee shirt with the alcohol, and run the wire through it to remove the stains (instead of using a polishing cloth). Then use a polishing cloth.

I’m sure that some of our readers have had the same challenge, and will jump in with their experiences too!

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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5 Comments

  1. avatar

    Gale

    November 27, 2010 at 10:43 am

    A tiny bit of nail polish remover works great!

  2. avatar

    Lori

    November 28, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I am fairly new to wire but am loving it. But I am curious, what causes the water spots?

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      November 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Lori – sometimes any of the handlers of jewelry making wire (from the mill through the warehouse, before you receive it) may be in a climate or situation that causes condensation, that will spot the wire.

  3. avatar

    CR Pike

    November 29, 2010 at 2:03 am

    A product called ” Never Dull”. Cotton wadding soaked in something…long shelf life Little dab will do you …

  4. avatar

    Nancy

    May 2, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I use vinegar and table salt. works wonders! No harsh chemicals. I never measure I use roughly a cup of vinegar or just enough to cover the piece and shake in some table salt.

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