How to preserve base metals from tarnish/color loss

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RebeccaS@55 wrote
on May 27, 2008 5:52 PM

 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!



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Noreen@9 wrote
on May 27, 2008 7:15 PM

 Hello Bec,


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.


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Radiance@3 wrote
on May 31, 2008 8:50 AM
I wonder... would the Future floorwax dipping trick work for this purpose?
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RebeccaS@55 wrote
on Jun 16, 2008 9:51 AM

 Thanks Noreen.

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


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RebeccaS@55 wrote
on Jun 16, 2008 9:52 AM

 Really, floor wax???


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on Jun 16, 2008 10:25 AM



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.

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SCB1 wrote
on Jun 18, 2008 8:29 AM

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.



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