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    Unhappy "In a pickle"....help

    I've managed to copper plate 3 days worth of silver work in my safety pickle. Does anyone know how to remove this. Yours in desperation. Sara

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    Reheat to oxidise that plated layer hoping it is thin, then use new clean pickle and continue from there. Alternatively it is a question of rubbing it all off with something like micromesh.

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    Peroxide & pickle should strip it - http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nena...ling-notes.htm (right at the bottom of the article).

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    I found heating with a torch burned it off. It was quite spectacular as it produced beautiful green flames. I just kept heating until the flames stopped being green. I then pickled and polished it in the normal way.

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    I also would go with the heat and repickle option (certainly to start with).

    You won't do that again!

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    Smile "In a Pickle" problem solved thankyou

    Thanks to you all for your responses. This was my first ever question.....it's lovely to know that being a self-employed jeweller is not as isolating as I first thought.
    I was reluctant to try the reheating and pickle option with the piece having over 80 soldered joints which could perhaps weaken them. so I've just tried the hydrogen peroxide (9%) mixed with an equal portion of pickle......complete success!
    As if by magic that pesky flashing of copper simply vanished. So a huge thankyou for the advice.
    Sara (very happy)

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    Phew, that's a relief!

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    That sounds a rather special piece of work, Sara. I'm sure everyone would like to see it when it is finished. Dennis.

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