Tips & Techniques


How to Clean Tarnish from Copper or Jeweller’s Bronze Jewellery

The best and easiest way is with a vibratory or rotary tumbler.  However, if you don’t have a tumbler, head for your fridge and pull out a bottle of lemon juice concentrate. Then grab a coffee mug. Pour an inch or so of the concentrate into the mug—enough to submerse your piece of jewellery. Drop your piece into the mug. Add a bit more juice if necessary. Check on the progress periodically. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two to notice that the tarnish has disappeared. Wash your piece thoroughly under running water and set it to dry. That was easy!

Here is a photo of 3 pieces I just finished cleaning. The copper was dark brown and the jeweller’s bronze was dingy. I took  “before”  and “during” photos but used a flash & the pictures are unusable. This is the only one that was a close-up without a flash.

Clean jewellery with lemon juice

The necklace on the left is a Mobius Flowers Necklace in Jeweller’s Bronze. The copper bracelet is the Caribbean Green Mobius Bracelet. The one one the right is a potential new kit, the Japanese Flowers Necklace in copper. (A silver filled version is also available).


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