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How to Clean Jewelry Tutorial (Video) by Talty How to Clean Jewelry Tutorial (Video) by Talty

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Please watch the video here: [link] and subscribe for more tutorials! I'm planning to upload one every week

I found these lemons the other day. Apparently I made them, misplaced them and forgot all about them... as a result, the metal parts got tarnished, dark and ulgy. This happens if you leave your metal jewelry or findings exposed to the enviroment, I recommend that you always keep your jewelry stored in a baggie or something similar to avoid tarnishing. But let's say you forgot about it too, and found your favorite piece all ugly like this :stupidme: how do you clean it?

I thought this would be the perfect chance to show you how to clean the metal findings and pieces of jewelry in a way that is completely safe for polymer clay. Polishing clothes, solutions and electrolytic baths are available, but unless you try them there's no way to know if they're safe for polymer clay... and you don't want to damage your precious jewelry! Besides, baking soda is found everywhere and super cheap, I guarantee this is the easiest method ever XD thanks to my mom for showing it to me, all credits go to her :heart:

NOTE: To the best of my knowledge, this technique is safe to use with all kind of jewelry or metals, except for aluminum. It's specially useful to clean silver plated findings, which tend to tarnish quite quickly. It shouldn't damage crystals or stones either. However, if you can afford it please have a professional clean any expensive jewelry. Use some common sense.

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MayEbony Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Talty :wave: I was keeping my 'for sale' jewellery in a plastic fishing tackle box with the lid closed but when I opened the lid a strong smell came out - which I presume to be the polymer clay, so I've been leaving the lid open - I didn't think about tarnishing. Do you think the smell of the clay is normal? I'm still worrying I'm under or over baking it :iconafraidmonkeyplz:
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome! I have this issue with some of my pieces since I've had them hanging on a display since my last show, so they've tarnished a bit. I thought I'd have to go back and replace all the findings but now I don't. :)
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Talty Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad I could help, let me know how it works out :D good luck with your shows dear :)
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maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
OMG! the way you say tarnished IS SO CUTEEEEEEEEEE *dies*

AND YOU'RE SO SMART :love:
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Talty Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Artisan Crafter
By cute you mean wrong? XD when I watched the video I wanted to edit out every time I said tarnished, I can't even make the video again because I don't have any more tarnished findings XD meh!

My mom taught me how to do it :D
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maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Who cares if it's wrong! It's so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Oh, I see. So your mom is the smart one huh.. :eyes:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Artisan Crafter
hahaha so many people keep saying I'm cute, whyyyyyyyy

Yes she is! :la:
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maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Because you are! :stare:

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Talty Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Artisan Crafter
LIES
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maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
:iconsurprisedstareplz:
YOU LIE.
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