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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
February 12, 2011

Question:

If I tumble silver plated items, will the plating be removed?

-Faye in Middlesbrough, England

Answer:

From the research I have done, you can successfully tumble polish silver plated items by using the regular rotary tumble method (water, mixed steel shot, and blue Dawn dish detergent) for about 30 minutes, no longer.

The results really depend on how thick the layer of silver plate is. Different manufacturers use a variety of thicknesses. Those items made with a heavy plating will tumble polish successfully. My advice would be to experiment with something simple and inexpensive, like a few jump rings or a few components made of silver plated wire, log your results, and then do your good pieces.

I am sure that some of our readers will also share their experiences in the comments below, so you will have more information to base your experiments on.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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