Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

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Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Newsaxon » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:24 pm

Hi all,

I have used my diy electrolysis kit on roman silver before with great results. However, I can imagine a tiny hammered being destroyed if I used the same technique. The Charles 1 penny below is black and has pale patches which I can’t tell if it’s on the coin or under neath the silver. Do you think I should use electrolysis on it? Tin foil didn’t remove a thing and usually on my hammereds that works brilliantly. Any advice on whether I should or shouldn’t try to clean the coin is appreciated.

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by thefiggis » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:34 pm

Personally, no I wouldn't. There are many ways of cleaning such thin coins without risk.

If you just want to bring out the highlights, try a pencil/pen eraser gently rubbed over it, which may do the trick.

If not, I then try a brief soak in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and water mix, hold it in tin foil for a few minutes then rub it with sawdust.

If it's still not quite the ticket I then make a bicarb of soda paste and gently rub that over the highlights. Leave it in distilled/deionised water for a couple of hours then allow to dry.

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:38 pm

Just my opinion, but personally I'd leave as is. It has good pronounced detail to it so if electrocution is intended, a constant watch will be required combined with several short periods in the tank. If you go through with the process don't forget to pop a pic of results with timings and number of elctrocutions it was subjected to. (I suspect the info would be well received by anyone considering a similar action) ::g Good Luck. ss47
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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Newsaxon » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:49 pm

Thanks....... I think I will put the electrolysis to one side for now and try one of the other techniques. Maybe the bi-carb. I’ve attached some before and after pics of a denarius I done recently while on the subject. 👍🏻
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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by CTX_Phil » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:50 pm

Looks how a coin should that's been dug from the ground, why ruin it?!

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Junior » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:15 pm

Top picture a rose farthing....never tried that sort of coin....done it with silver hammies ...brings them up better....but don't go mad and don't leave it un attended ::g

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by garrettoldboy » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:27 pm

hello, i have had reasonable results with lemon juice in tin foil

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Phil2401 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:31 pm

If it's identifiable in the condition it comes out of the ground, why do anything?

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Oxgirl36 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:00 pm

If you want to just do something to highlight the detail a gentle rub over with a pencil eraser does a brilliantly subtle job ::g
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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Newsaxon » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:16 pm

I don’t want to go crazy on it. Just a little bit to hightlight the high spots and bring out the rose and lettering a little. I haven’t done anything to it yet. I don’t usually clean anything too much. It was only the crusty denarius. My hammereds are usually fine after a wipe with a damp sponge but this one I thought could do with a tiny bit of love.

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Re: Electrolysis on tiny hammered?

Post by Batman » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:24 am

I have found in the past the spit and tin foil method highlights the high spots leaving that nice contrast between the brighter and darker areas.

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