How to Make a Pickling Solution for Jewelry


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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