To clean simple imperfections in pewter, gently wash the metal with a mild detergent, warm water and a cloth. To thoroughly clean and polish pewter, use a homemade salt, vinegar and flour paste for cleansing and a rotten stone and linseed oil paste for polishing.
Wet a soft cloth, and apply a few drops of mild detergent onto it. Hold the pewter under a stream of warm water, and gently wash it with the cloth. Rinse it thoroughly, and allow the metal to dry completely before polishing.
Mix one teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cup of flour with one cup of vinegar until the mixture forms a paste. Use a soft cloth to gently apply the paste to the metal until the entire surface is covered. Allow the paste to sit for a minimum of 20 minutes before rinsing the pewter thoroughly. Dry the metal by hand with a towel.
Boil a small amount of the linseed oil, then allow it to cool until it is warm. Mix the rotten stone with the linseed oil until it forms a paste. Use a soft cloth to apply the paste. Rinse thoroughly, and dry by hand with a towel.
You can weigh gold at home using a small digital gram scale. These scales are available for as low as $15 at most stores that sell digital technology products. Another option is to use the digital scale at a post office, though having your own digital scale is recommended. In addition to having the right scale, it is also important to understand how gold weights are quoted.Full Answer >
A silver mark 925 is the identification marking used to indicate an item is at least 92.5 percent silver. It is the most common silver marking and also identifies the piece as sterling, since all sterling silver must be at least 92.5 per percent silver.Full Answer >
Look for reflections of blue and red within a ruby, as well as uniform color and small inclusions, or flaws, within the body of the stone. Bubbles, scratches and a stone that is too clear and perfect are indications that the stone may not be a genuine ruby.Full Answer >
On a carat for carat basis, rubies are worth more than diamonds of similar size and weight. The reason that rubies are more expensive is the fact that it is much rarer for rubies to be found without faults than it is to find a flawless diamond.Full Answer >