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« on: June 07, 2015, 06:10:07 pm »

The dangle is a cultured FW pearl shaped like a fish. I still have a bit of firescale I am hoping to get rid of on the back, but may have to give up soon. There is only so much sanding I can do and somehow the prip's just wasn't enough this time.



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When you cultivate man, you turn up all the clods


« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2015, 06:55:19 pm »

Nice job!!!!! I get rid of firescale by dropping the piece straight to the pickle and that glop just pops off.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2015, 07:26:29 pm »

The usual types of pickle do not remove firescale, that grey-purple tone on silver. Are you using something as a preventive other than Prips flux or using lower-temp solder or possibly using an unusual pickle that DOES remove firescale? I have heard some of the harsher commercial acids can do that, but am too chicken to use them.
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2015, 07:34:22 pm »

I use only white vinegar. Have found if I use more heat, I have less firescale. I should say getting it up to heat faster.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2015, 07:43:59 pm »

Hmmm... Thanks. I'll give it a try next time and see if that works better.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 06:51:43 am »

I use only white vinegar. Have found if I use more heat, I have less firescale. I should say getting it up to heat faster.

hulagrub,
How often do You replace the vinegar?

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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 09:05:39 am »

I like citric acid for pickle. It's safe, effective, and it doesn't smell like vinegar. You can easily find it in any grocery store with the canning and pickling supplies.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2015, 10:45:26 am »

I like citric acid for pickle. It's safe, effective, and it doesn't smell like vinegar. You can easily find it in any grocery store with the canning and pickling supplies.

Thank You Talia.

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