Hi beading galpals,
I'd love to discover how to keep (gold) base metals from tarnishing/rubbing off or turning a different (silver) color in a few months or so. I try to keep each piece in a plastic bag but how fun is that? Does anyone have a tip to help me? I look forward to hearing from you!
I don't think there is a way to keep base metal from tarnishing and/or changing color. If you use pewter or gold filled findings (vermeil), you will not have to worry about this. The pewter is a little bit more expensive than base metal, but not much. The vermeil is more expensive. I once tried to use costume jewelry cleaner on base metal, and it didn't do a thing to help. Sorry I could not help. I would be interested to see if anyone else has any tricks regarding this. Good luck to you.
I found vermeil does rub off which is why I only use gold filled now $$$$. My local bead shop sell brass that passes for antique gold. I'll try vermeil from a different vendor and hope for the best. Thanks for giving me hope. Bec
Really, floor wax???
I haven't heard of the floor wax trick but you can try lightly spraying the findings
with matte acrylic spray to prevent them from changing color. I've done this on
collaged paper/plastic charms and pendants and it's worked great, but I haven't
tried it on metal. Just be sure to use several thin coats and of course do this
in a well-ventilated area. I believe some PMC artists spray their fine silver once
they’ve achieved the exact color they want with liver of sulfur.
Managing editor, Beadwork and Stringing
I just fond a product that claims to protect metal. It is called Maas Metal Protector. It is at this web site advertized on the Interweave's website. I hope the link works, but you may have to copy and paste. http://www.wickedgoodbeadz.com/