No Time for Pickling
by Susan LeGuyader
To set the stage... there I was in the studio to whip out a pair of earrings, I only had a short time frame and I did not think to turn on my pickle pot (which I have on a timer by the way).
Instructions
I ended up making some balled headpins from sterling wire and you know how dirty with fire scale it gets. And there I was... no hot pickle pot.
Susan LeGuyader's No Time for Pickling - , General Education, Filing, Finishing, , no pickle
First, I tried a Pro Polish pad. All that did was make the fire scale shiny. I thought about using sandpaper but then I would have to clean up the scratches made by the sandpaper. I pulled out a blue radial disk mandrel and my flex shaft.
That did the trick. Working both ends of the balled headpin really gave me the look I was going for, the pretty shiny silver color.
Susan LeGuyader's No Time for Pickling - , General Education, Filing, Finishing, , no pickle
Susan LeGuyader's No Time for Pickling - , General Education, Filing, Finishing, , no pickle
Susan LeGuyader's No Time for Pickling - , General Education, Filing, Finishing, , no pickle
As you can see from the two headpin, this quick fix did a great job and I was finished with my project in no time... regardless of not having my pickle pot ready to go.
Susan LeGuyader's No Time for Pickling - , General Education, Filing, Finishing, , no pickle

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.66
  • Gold Club Price: $1.99
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Tools

Blazer Firefox Butane Torch, Black
TRCH-9274
  • TRCH-9274
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $40.00
  • Gold Club Price: $30.00
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): Filing / Finishing, General Education