Is your jewelry starting to look a little dull? Don’t fret! Raw brass has a natural reaction with the air which causes it to darken in colour over time. With a little bit of ketchup or tomato sauce and a few minutes your jewelry will brighten back up again.
What you’ll need:
- tomato sauce or ketchup
- damp cloth
- paper towel or something to lay your ketchup covered jewelry on
Start by covering your pieces in a thin layer of sauce. I find it easiest if you put your ketchup in a little bowl and dunk it in, however you could also spread it on with your fingers.
Once your pieces are covered let them sit for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to leave them too long or you can overdo it. (Like me, who got distracted and left my bracelet for over an hour. I came back to find my coordiate cuff covered in crusty ketchup- yikes!) If that accidentally happens to you too don’t worry rub your piece with a paste of baking soda and water- it will fix everything! Setting your stovetop or phone timer is a great way to avoid making this mistake!
After letting your piece sit, wipe the ketchup off with a damp cloth and watch it transform right before your eyes!
Here are some before and after photos to give you an idea of what your jewelry will look like after it’s cleaned. Although I love both looks, the fact that this can happen with a little ketchup and a few minutes is sort of mind blowing!
And there you have it, happy jewelry cleaning friends! If you have any questions please reach out to us or leave us a comment.