DIY Cleaning Sterling Silver

The Best-Kept Silver Cleaning Secret Ever!

Saddened that my silver jewelry didn’t look as beautiful as I wanted it to, I investigated the best, most effective way to clean silver that yielded exceptional results.  I was so excited.  I cleaned every piece of silver I could find in my house.  It was amazing, I felt really accomplished.   This doesn’t preclude other silver pieces, such as family heirlooms, silverware and service pieces, picture frames, coins, heck even silver bars.  I tested a few techniques out but this one seems to be the magic combination.  It can be used on all kinds of silver alloys, but cannot be used of other metals or costume jewelry. Silver only! There’s got to be a better way!!!!

What you’ll need:

1) 1 cup of boiling water

2) 1 tablespoon baking soda

3) 1 tablespoon white salt

4) 1/2 cup white vinegar

5) 1 sheet of tinfoil, shiny side up

6) bowl (I used a soup bowl but you can use a larger bowl or even a bucket depending on how much silver you have)

7) Polishing cloth (I used a microfiber cloth).

What to do:

Prep it

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Boil the water. While it’s simmering up, line the bottom of the bowl with the tinfoil, shiny side up.  I literally covered the bowl with tinfoil.  Then, add the salt and baking soda to the bottom of the bowl.  Add the vinegar slowly (prepare for the fizz) and mix everything together to dissolve the salt and baking soda.  You want all the granules to dissolve so that they don’t scratch your pieces (always thinking…).

Go ahead and Wait

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Add the boiling water to your bowl and then gently drop each piece of silver in the bowl.  Just let it sit, the chemical reaction does all the work for you.  If you wish, you can flip them over with salad tongs,  just to ensure that both sides get exposure to the tinfoil.

Polish

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Take each piece out carefully, being sure not to burn yourself, and buff it gently with your polishing cloth.  You should start to see all the tarnish come off and all the original glory of your silver come back! If you have charms or stones, you can try massaging good old ketchup on to the silver and rinsing it clean…I don’t think this mixture is OK for enameled charms (although I did it on mine – I was willing to take the risk).

Quoted from Clean My Space Blog

http://cleanmyspace.com/the-besk-kept-silver-cleaning-secret-ever/

A Little Break for David and Jeanne

P1090209I am sorry for the inconvenience but I have worked really hard these past months with some added physical pain, it hasn’t been easy and I need a vacation. My husband and I are going to France and Italy to visit family and enjoy yummy food. We used to live in Rome in the early 70’s and have always talked about going back there for a visit. We are really looking forward to our trip. We haven’t had a pleasure trip in many years. We haven’t brushed up on our Italian either, just will have to wing it!  French is my native language so being in France should be easy but I still struggle to find some words after having lived in the US for almost 40 years. The times we have traveled far and wide (as far as China and New Zealand) have been ministry trips and not exactly very relaxing. So it’s time to relax and enjoy something different and we are so looking forward to getting away after a long winter.

I will not be in my studio from May 19 to June 4 and would appreciate if you could place your orders before that time. Anything placed after 10153126_636339803088637_6181985967638881531_n - Version 2May 16 will be shipped after June 4. If you have a special order in mind, please make sure to place it before May 16. Thanks so much. There are still 22 days to get your orders on the way.

I will keep you posted on what happens on our trip if I am able to publish a new post from my smart phone, otherwise it will have to wait till we get back.

Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather, I know I am…it’s been a real tough winter here in Maine. We do not have a buttercups yet, but looking forward to them…instead of snow, we will get a yellow field full of these flowers and fireflies at night. That’s the reward for living through such a hard, cold  and long winter.

 

 

 

All Systems Go

Just been a busy time here at The Passionate Pearl. Here are a few photos to show you Jeanne’s Little Factory. It’s been quite a stressful weekend with special orders and going back and forth by email with customers trying to find the perfect color match. These are hand picked Freshwater Pearls. Just wanted to show you what I do.

 

Orders in process

Orders Getting Ready for Shipping

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Ready To Ship

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Fun Custom Order for UK

Custom Order in Process

Custom Order in Process

Trying to find the right purple to match the other 4 pearls, after 30  back and forth emails...that's not really fun!

Trying to find the right color pearls after 40 back and forth emails…that’s not my favorite part, as of 4/10/14 this order of 3 pairs of earrings is still sitting on my table waiting for a green light.

 

Update on The Passionate Pearl Jewelry

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Where I Live

Where I Live

It is the end of a long and very cold winter here in Maine and it’s time to have a fun time. Enjoy this short-term sale. I have had a few health issues (not terminal) this past few months and just haven’t written on my blog…too tired to do much of anything. My shop has grown with new items these past few months. I am now selling a lot of my Interlocking Rings Necklaces from 2 rings to 6, both in Sterling Silver and Gold Fill. I have Family and Mother Necklaces. I couldn’t make enough of them during the Holiday Season.

14K Gold Filled 4 Ring Family Necklace

14K Gold Filled 4 Ring Family Necklace

Making a Double Ring Necklace

Making a Double Ring Necklace

Mother Necklace

My Bestseller

My Bestseller – Double Ring Necklace

Artistic Origins

Artistic Origins

I received the most praise growing up for the way I painted, that was my gift! I had found something that would get my parents attention. Being one of 8 children It was hard to get your parents attention. My … Continue reading

Complimentary Shipping until Mothers Day

Complimentary Shipping until Mothers Day

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From Pain to an Amazing Pearl

Oyster and Pearl by Kelly Bermudez

Oyster and Pearl by Kelly Bermudez

Visual Devotion: From Pain to Pearl

Kelly Bermudez is an artist I just discovered recently and I absolutely love her work. Here is an example of her work and just the heart behind it.

I have written before about the pearl and the oyster shell as I have always been fascinated by this process. I have been that grain of sand time and time again and it seems the beautiful pearl is a long way off but I’m in the process. So many things have irritated that grain of sand… and these are the things that have formed my character best! I love how the oyster coats that grain of sand with that precious substance to protect itself from irritation.

To protect ourselves, we do similar things:

  • We numb ourselves with food, drugs, drink etc.
  • We build a wall around us
  • We get angry at people
  • We do the blame game
  • We avoid people and isolate because people hurt us!
  • We do anything except accept the irritation and let that turn into a beautiful pearl

I don’t know about you, but this is the way my defense mechanism goes into action. Believe me I haven’t always been able to turn the pain off…I had instances (and that is what saved me) where all I could do is surrender and let God do His work in me. There are days when I thought the pain would kill me! I feel in my heart like I am about to enter a similar process again soon.

What do you do when Pain knocks at the door of your Heart?

2012 Holiday Sale

Long Pearl Necklace, Natural Pearl Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Freshwater Pearl Jewelry

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*** HOLIDAY SALE *** *** 30% Discount *** Take Advantage of this AMAZING SALE Many One of a Kind Pieces – Jewelry Sets, Gemstone Jewelry, Freshwater Pearl Jewelry etc. Over 60 items On Sale. ++ Continental US – Please place … Continue reading

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale

BLACK FRIDAY SALE Continuing Through CYBER MONDAY

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Pearl Jewelry Set, Freshwater Ivory Pearl Earrings, Gold Filled Jewelry

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Brown Earrings, Smoky Quartz Earrings, Gold Filled Earrings