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Daily Wire Tip: Removing Condensation Marks from Wire
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I have some copper wire and brass wire that I think has become tarnished. It looks like dark spots along the length of the wire. Can this be removed? I’ve tried a polishing cloth with no change. What do you suggest?
-Kathy in Kilgore, Texas
Hi Kathy, yes sometimes condensation wreaks havoc on wire of any metal. If it were me, there are two methods I would try on copper or brass.
One option would be to use a very fine-grade steel wool and run the wire through it several times to remove those spots, then run it through a polishing cloth. Yes, the steel wool can make the wire look scratched if you use a coarse grade, but a fine grade will give the wire a nice “brushed” appearance.
An alternative approach would be using rubbing alcohol. A reader, Rose in Georgia, had a similar challenge some time ago, and I recommended dampening a piece of tee shirt with rubbing alcohol, then running the wire through the tee shirt, then a polishing cloth. Both are good methods to remove condensation marks – here’s a link to her original question: Water Spots on Wire. Good luck!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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