There is also a home-made cleaning paste you can make. Combine 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup white vinegar and enough white flour to create a thin paste. Coat your beads with this paste and allow the paste to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse under running water. Repeat the process if needed, or if a heavier layer of tarnish exists, leave the paste on for up to one hour. Rinse under running water when finished.
You may use these procedures on copper-plated items as well, but cleaning should be kept to a minimum in order to avoid wearing away the copper plating.
- Tom Triplett, Jewelry-Making Expert
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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