Updated: Sep 6, 2020
I like to use brass for custom jewelry because the material happens to be super malleable and easy to stamp. Brass is also a very affordable natural metal for all, which is important to me when creating and designing jewelry statement pieces for women. However naturally, brass does goes through an aging process which can also darken and dull your brass jewelry! Some happen to like that look because they believe it adds to the charm, and that's great :)...but for me personally, I do prefer the way it looks when it's gold in color and shiny. So with that said, I'd like to share some researched and also tested tips that can help you keep your custom jewelry looking brand new! :)
Warm Water & Soap
You want to make sure you remove the actual pendants from your gold-filled chain. We want to treat the brass, not the necklace. Warm Water & Soap is one of the easiest methods for cleaning your custom brass. Start off with warm water and a small amount of dish soap, then taking an old soft toothbrush or your fingers, gentle scrub the surface with your soapy water. Once finished scrubbing off the grime, rinse the item thoroughly until the water runs smooth over the surface. Then, dry the metal well using the polishing cloth that was provided in your organza bag!
(I've tried this personally with my own pieces and noticed that I had to rub a bit firmly as I dried it with the polishing cloth to get the desired look.)
If you find though, that this approach doesn't seem to work well for you... there is another natural but different trick.
Yes, I said it. lol Ketchup contains an acid that naturally removes the tarnish covering your jewelry. Like the warm water & soap, use an old soft toothbrush or fingers (I prefer the toothbrush here) to gently rub some ketchup on your tags. Then, once it's coated, you can let your jewelry sit for a minute. Then with warm water, rinse off all of the residue of the sauce, and dry with your polishing cloth. If the piece doesn't look as clean as you'd like it to. Give the process a second try.
But for me, it worked well the first time and better than the warm water & soap. I was kind of surprised.
There are so many other natural remedies to try, and if you have one to share, please leave a comment down below!
Thank you to purpose jewelry, jewelry making journal, and mother nature network for the information regarding this post.