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Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Easylife » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:54 pm

Last time out I found a 16th century snake buckle, a first for me. I could see that it would have had double swan heads but it was very crusty and didn't look too good, so really warranted some improvement work. -=+:-P
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I was going to give it a gentle zap in my ultrasonic cleaner but it would not work for some reason? Further investigation revealed that there had been a mini fire on-board. :-O
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So the alternative plan was to fry the swans on a low heat as I'm not really an acid fan. n;
Don't tell the wife where I got that spoon. :8)
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Electrocuting the swans gradually removed the crusty black sooty crud to reveal the hidden detail, which I was quite happy to forfeit any patina for. It was quite pleasing to see the swans slowly returning to how they would have been seen about 500 years ago.
Most finds I pretty much just leave as they are, but this snake buckle when found just did not look good at all. I hadn't imagined that such good detail was preserved beneath the crud, so I'm well pleased with the end result. :D It looks even better in the flesh and does not have those shiny bits.
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For those interested to know my Fried swan recipe (electrolysis), I just used an old phone charger 9v/ 150ma. I only had half the buckle submerged and only one side was getting zapped at a time. So about every 10 minutes I removed it to check progress, gave it a scrape with a tooth-pick to loosen the black crud then a tooth brushing before turning it. It probably took about 1 ½ hrs to fully cook - well those swans sure are big birds.

P.s Hey kiddies, don't try any of this unless wearing proper safety gear and supervised by a responsible adult - I couldn't find either of them. c'
PPs. I wonder if I could bridge that blown component with a bit of foil like we used to do when a fuse went? (Only joking, but hmmm?) :D
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Allectus » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:59 pm

That's an amazing transformation, well done! ::g

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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by fred » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:27 am

That did come up well and you obviously also have potential as the forum interrogation expert! :D
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Junior » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:03 am

Bazaar..... I'd of chucked it....food for thought ::g

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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Martin HL » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:32 am

That’s pretty amazing. A few of the finds I’ve had over the years look like the untreated version. Looks like I’ll have to try the same method of revitalization to see what what lays beneath.
Given the snow that is still around here it will give me something to do and it’ll be like rediscovering something I found 15 years ago. Thanks. ::g

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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by thefiggis » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:43 am

Now that's what I call a result ::g

Well worth the effort and thanks for sharing a great story.
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Post by TheAndyA » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:26 am

That was a worthwhile excercise. ::g
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:35 am

I normally am anti cleaning but that result is very, very impressive. Very good post too ::g
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by littleboot » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:09 am

That is all well and good...but where is the 'after' photo of the spoon? :-SS
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Lowland » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:51 am

Hi easylife-I liked it before cleaning s;..
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Seriously though, top job
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by FUBAR » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:07 am

Wow great result. Thanks for posting with much appreciated pics. ::g

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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Pete E » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:15 am

That's a fantastic result!!!

Can I ask what solution / strength you were using?

I have an old 15V 3amp laptop charger here which I was thinking of trying, but I suspect it might be just too powerful for small finds like coins ect....
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Easylife » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:51 am

littleboot wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:09 am
That is all well and good...but where is the 'after' photo of the spoon? :-SS
The spoon still has bits of 17c horse-shoe on it from last zapping. :D
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by PHILLUCKY » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:59 am

great result and great post :)

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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Easylife » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:01 pm

Pete E wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:15 am
That's a fantastic result!!!

Can I ask what solution / strength you were using?

I have an old 15v 3amp laptop charger here which I was thinking of trying, but I suspect it might be just too powerful for small finds like coins etc....
About a 5% solution of washing soda and water. Laptop charger might be okay, will likely run at 1 amp or less but experimental. Connect negative to item to be zapped. Be careful what you zap as it can irreversibly damage things, so don't experiment on anything of value. ::g
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Re: Anybody for fried swan?

Post by Steve_T » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:03 pm

Great result ::g

I like that a lot ::g

Fire! Tis a mere scorch, you might want to consider some electrolysis on the circuit board to see if you can restore it......lol

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