How to Make a Pickling Solution for Jewelry

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Professional jewelers use sulfuric or nitric acid to remove discoloration on metals such as gold, silver and copper. The acid is combined with distilled water and heated in a ceramic pot, forming a pickling solution. To the novice, an acid-based pickling solution can be dangerous to work with, causing serious burns to the skin and eyes if splashed. Although it may not be as strong, a safer pickling solution is one you make yourself with ingredients from your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Glass bowl
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Thick towel
  • Brass brush
  • Soft, lint-free cloths
  • Pour 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass bowl. Add just enough apple cider vinegar to the bowl to form a thick paste.

  • Cover a countertop or other stable work surface with a thick towel. Lay the jewelry on the towel.

  • Coat a brass brush with some of the solution. Scrub the jewelry with the brass brush to remove the discoloration.

  • Wipe the solution from the jewelry with a damp cloth. Buff the jewelry dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

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