– Yes, mom, please do it, it would be so fun if we all have a challenge in November!
This was end of October. My daughter was going to do the NaNoWriMo (lots of writing) and my husband the Movember (not so much shaving). I had no challenge in November. I did consider NaBloPoMo for a while, until I realised I wouldn’t have nor time nor focus this month.
With my studio wrapped in plastic and with no challenge, what should I do? How could I channel the itch?
I gathered some old pieces that needed to be polished. I know, we agreed it’s OK to be unpolished, but I want these to shine.
Three of them are necklaces in silver and titanium. While making the one with titanium whirls inside the silver rings, I remember thinking “this one will not be easy to polish”, but I decided to ignore that detail. I had a similar thought about the silver discs in the necklace I call Daily bread.
And now, the day had come to clean. This is where the challenge comes in.
I like simple methods including household items, so I tried this one with baking soda, vinegar and aluminium foil (video 3:30 minutes). If you want to know what actually happens, it is explained more in detail here as a home experiment (here without vinegar). It is an electrochemical reaction that reverses the silver sulfide (the tarnish) back into silver. I’m not strong in chemistry, but I do love the jargon of the field, whether I understand it or not. So incredibly abstract when explained in words and formulas, yet so very concrete when you see it happen in front of you.
Considering that I was not very precise with the proportions, nor the time, I think the result is good. At least most of the tarnish is now gone. Also, I’m not sure whether the titanium may interfere in this process, does anyone know?
I will definitely explore this method further. For a closer look, see the gallery with images of before and after.
This was just the right size for my November challenge. Check, done. I close this month with satisfaction.