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Daily Wire Tip July 12: Resources for Preventing Tarnish on Copper
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
July 12, 2011
Hi! I have recently begun making jewelry after years in between a high school course and have a love for metal work. Although copper is my favorite medium, it has that pesky habit of turning people green. Is there a product or process I can use to stop that?
-Alaina in Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Tarnish! Either you love it or you don’t. Alaina, I would like to direct you to several discussions we have had with regards to ways to prevent tarnish not only on copper, but also on brass. As more and more of us are using less expensive wire, I think folks will enjoy rereading these posts, which mention several products like Renaissance Wax, ProtectaClear, and NuFinish, that can be used to prevent tarnish on copper wire. Please don’t stop at the bottom of the posts, though – continue on and read the comments, because many folks have shared their experiments and experiences with all of us.
In the Tip Protecting Copper from Tarnishing no fewer than 8 different products are suggested!
Following the Tip Prevent Tarnish on Copper and Nickel Silver is a huge discussion (nearly 40 comments to-date!) that includes some more natural cleaning methods as well as experiments that didn’t turn out well, and how to counter them.
One comment under Keep Copper Wire Shining talks about actually using the beauty of tarnished copper within a design. Hopefully one of these discussions will help you as well.
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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