Jewelry Pickling Pot

Things you need:

Pickler Pot – can hold at 180 F or 80 C, Such as:

  • A Small Crock-Pot, with Lid (can be found at Jusco or other appliance places for only 40-70 rmb)
  • White Ceramic Slow-cooker, with Lid
  • Glass Slow-Cooker, with Lid
  • Small Electrical Potpourri Heating Pot, with Lid, or home-made lid
  • Other special pot that can hold Acid and can warm and hold the solution at 180 F or 80 C
  • Once used as a pickling pot, IT CAN NEVER AGAIN BE USED FOR FOOD COOKING!!!!!
  • Do not use the Red-Clay Pottery, or any other pots with ferrous surfaces
  • You may want to use a thermometer to check the temperature, be sure the liquid will not reach boiling point!

Holding Station:

  • A shallow Tray for under the pot to hold any spilled Pickling Acid, made of Plastic, Bamboo, Rubber or other inexpensive and non-combustible or non-flammable material
  • Wooded, Bamboo, or Metal Poles to create a frame for the back 3 sides of the pickling station
  • Binding Wire to hold the poles upright and keeping them flexible, so it can be folded away when unneeded
    Tin-foil or Rubber mats, etc for the back and side walls

One of the Following as a Pickling/ Acid Solution:

  • Dry, Granular Sodium Bisulphate – Sparex or ProCraft are big brands
  • Sodium Sulphite Anhydrous
    • Mix either of the above according to your needs, Between these amounts:
      • Weaker Solution: About 1 tablespoon of the granules in about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
      • Stronger Solution: About 1/4 Cup Sparex to 1 Pint (2 cups) of water
    • ALWAYS ADD THE ACID TO THE WATER, NEVER ADD THE WATER TO
      THE ACID!!!
    • The stronger your solution, the greater your need to rinse with a Baking Soda & Water solution, which will then transfer back into your pickling solution making it weaker and giving it a shorter usage life
    • a weaker solution will not require backing soda, and the item can be rinsed in a fresh water bath, and no baking soda will be required, meaning your pickling bath will last longer as utensils will not transfer any baking soda from the rinsing bath to the pickling bath.
  • Diluted (5%- 10%) Sulfuric Acid Bath – produces toxic fumes
  • Tarnision liquor
  • 3 cups of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons sea salt – Set temperature to highest setting
  • Nitric Acid
  • Anhydrous Fine Granular Citric Acid (used in home and commercial food canning)

Pickling Tongs:

  • Made of Copper, Bamboo, Wood, Plastic, etc
  • No Steel Prongs or any reactive-metal should ever be used in the Pickling Acid bath
  • With any steel or other reactive metal in the solution, it will turn the pickler into a copper-plating bath, copper-plating anything that in the picker with the metal

Pickling Basket:

  • Used to hold very small parts, so they can be easily found and retrieved from the pickling solution
  • Find a sturdy Plastic Cap, such as a spray-paint can cap
  • Drill many tiny holes (less than 1mm) all over it, so the Pickling liquid can easily and quickly pass through it
  • Use Copper Wire (Copper doesn’t react with the Pickling Solution) to make a Handle for the Pickling Basket, make it long enough that it extends above the top of the pot
  • You can now Raise and Lower smaller items in and out of the pickling solution quickly and easily without fishing around for them forever

Pickling Pot Bottom-Rest:

  • Used to keep flat items from laying on the bottom of the pot and becoming very difficult or impossible to pick up with tweezers
  • Find something made of Plastic, Glass, Copper, or other non-reactive material, that can be set at the bottom of the pickling pot, that flat sheets of jewelry material can rest on, so they can be easily picked up by a raised edge, and so they will not lie flat on the bottom

Other Items:

  • Face-masks – to keep you from breathing harmful pickling fumes
  • Coffee Filters – to Strain the Pickling Solution and remove any small pieces of metal oxides, flux, antifluxes such as yellow ochre, bits of heat-sink material, casting investment, and other stuff, so that the pickling solution can be reused.

Disposing of Pickling Acid:

  • Pickling Acid is very dangerous and harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly
  • NEVER DUMP THE PICKLING ACID DOWN THE DRAIN OF A SINK OR FLOOR, NOR
    EVER FLUSH IT DOWN A TOILET!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Use one of the following Neutralizing Agents:
    • Dry Powdered Lime – the dry-powdered material used in mixing concrete to Neutralize Pickling Acid
    • Dry Cement Mix to Neutralize Pickling Acid(as its main ingredient is Lime)
    • Baking Soda little by little to Neutralize Pickling Acid
    • Lime Polish Brick – I suppose this would work, I think its made out of regular Lime, just break small pieces of the brick off, and let them dissolve into the Pickle Bath slowly
  • Follow this Procedure:
    • Wait until the pickling bath is cold, then pour it into a plastic container that will never be used for food
    • Mix one of the neutralizing agents above into the pickling solution slowly, bit by bit
    • Wait until it has stiffened somewhat
    • Pour into a rubbish can
    • Be sure the Rubbish will be disposed of properly, in a land-fill, and will in no way enter the sewer or water system that leads to any rivers.or waterways.
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