mg langeveld wrote:Hi,
A piece like this would be washed in water+non-ionic soap and then cleaned with a slurry of preticipated chalk in water with a little non-ionic soap added (2%), using cotton wool swaps (like swaps on a stick and the round ones normally used for removal of make-up). Chalk residues are washed away with water (and soap if necessary), using very soft brushes. If necessary polish residues are removed using ultrasonic bath (not in this case as the blackening in the lower pars may come loose) or a steam-cleaner. The object is dried with pressurised air (is that english?), I mean air from an aircompressor... possibly after dipping it into ethanol (pure alcohol). Finely it is buffed with a clean cotton cloth.
Commercial polishing products are only used as a last resort as they are normally way to agressif!!
If there is interest in more elaborate information on the care and cleaning of silver I`d be happy to share my knowledge, alltough there is already a lot available on the internet from wellknown conservation institutes.
best regards, Michiel
I have some pieces I would like to clean, just to highlight and polish out the surfaces on. I would like to leave the patina in the hollows as back ground. This method would seem to work. My only question is. What is non-ionic soap and preticipated chalk? and where do I find it?
Thank you- Byron
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