Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

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Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

Post by Allectus » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:30 pm

Series BIIIa Saxon Sceat found this morning & looking much better after four 2-3 minute rounds of electrolysis. ::g

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Post by littleboot » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:33 pm

Great result....but I have to say...you're a braver man than I am Gunga Din. :E :D
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:36 pm

Very interesting, and lovely result but you are a braver man than me as well :D
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Post by Easylife » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:00 pm

Well that's certainly brought out the detail. ::g
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Post by thefiggis » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:08 pm

I do like to see these before/after shots of zapped coins ::g

I understand why there may be a reluctance to have a go with it but if your subject is in decent nick and your zapping is gentle enough it can work wonders.

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Post by Ollie K » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:11 pm

Good job Tony! ::g
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Post by cantona1 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:14 pm

Nice work ::g

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Post by Ten pence! » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:16 pm

Nice one! ::g

Connect up, watch em fizz for a few minutes and gently rub most of the crusty residues off with your fingers, beats olive oil and assorted chemicals any day of the week!

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Post by Blackadder43 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:22 pm

Nice outcome and in my limited experience its "gently does it"
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Post by Gray » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:27 pm

I must get my son to knock up an electrolysis tank for me.
We find a fair amount of iron bits of agricultural stuff. It would be nice to get some looking half decent for the bits we show to school visits.
Not sure I'd be bold enough to try on anything delicate though !

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Post by SuperRed » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:59 pm

Great result matey, but as above I wouldn't have the bottle! :-SS
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Post by Mancave-man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:12 pm

It's a great process for coin cleaning isn't it? Really brings them up if done carefully. Nice find, well done. ::g

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Post by Koala » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:16 pm

Nice outcome. Looking good.

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Post by garrettoldboy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:22 pm

hello, i have one of those kits and did try a few times with different items but you need to be careful not to over do as it can destroy some markings, you did very well on the coins, i do use a jewellery ultrasonic cleaner but you need to soak item over night and a little washing up liquid in the ultrasonic water, any items that will tarnish or rust need a very light coating of renaissance micro crystalline wax polish to stop any progression

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Post by PeakDetectorist » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:01 pm

Very positive result!!!
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Post by Buriedbytime&dust » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:28 pm

littleboot wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:33 pm
Great result....but I have to say...you're a braver man than I am Gunga Din. :E :D
Brave indeed! :-O Great result though :)

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Re: Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

Post by Mud Max » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:48 pm

Personally I would take it 30 seconds at a time with something like that, not that I have ever put anything that nice in my electrolysis. I have had some great improvements with this method, only to give it one last dunk and suddenly destroy it. It's a very fine line but it looks like you have the knack of it.
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Re: Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

Post by Fusion » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:53 pm

Have you tried a soak in weak acid, eg. diluted lemon juice? That's my first choice, as these sceatta are typically debased, 50-70% silver, and most deposits, like verdigris, seem to clean off easily. Only then would I use electrolysis. Some of them can be decent silver, so they'll have a grey/black patina that weak acids won't touch.

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Post by stoppelhopser » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:46 pm

Please give us the recipe A, that's a great job you've done there ::g But Some folk, I for one, wouldn't have tried with a special coin like that ::g ::g

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Post by Allectus » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:00 pm

Cheers all. ::g

I've not tried the lemon juice method..... I'm far too impatient! :))

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Post by Ten pence! » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:27 pm

Allectus wrote:
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Cheers all. ::g

I've not tried the lemon juice method..... I'm far too impatient! :))

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I'm not keen on using weak acids on coins that might be base silver, you can end up with a coin that has a copper tint, the acid seems to draw the copper to the surface, practice on a post 1920 silver coin and admire the reddish hue afterwards!

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Re: Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

Post by Fusion » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:32 pm

@Al : It's been in the ground 1300 years waiting to be found, no need to rush in cleaning it up. I like the steadier pace of acid cleaning, it allows you to check on the progress. You also get the opportunity to see if there are any really heavy deposits that might be mechanically cleaned, rather than leaving the item in acid unnecessarily long.
You've probably seen this archi report on cleaning very debased silver coins, but maybe other folks haven't, so I'll post the .pdf link:
https://www.jcms-journal.com/articles/1 ... /download/

They liked acid cleaning, in part because it was steady and predictable.

I've done plenty of electrolysis cleaning, and I never felt it was consistent - one coin fizzes vigorously and black rubbish leaps off the surface, another one will sit there with barely a bubble, for no good reason.

And @ TenPence : I've cleaned several 50% modern silver coins, I've never had and hint of red, they usually look "too silver" if anything, though that goes over time, as they gradually patinate.

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Post by Lowland » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:11 am

What a beautiful coin
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Post by GREGGOWREX » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:20 am

well done A , you have got to have the experience , knowledge and confidence .....you clearly have ::g
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Re: Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

Post by Swany » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:29 am

Nicely zapped Allectus, cracking result, are you using a home made bit of kit or a purchased unit.
I've tried a home made electrolysis setup, old charger, spoon etc but toasted a coin and never tried again. x;

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Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:54 am

It's certainly a great result ::g Perhaps bringing more potential Gunger's out of the closet. Fortune favours the brave - Have a go 8-| Regards ss47.
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Post by GREGGOWREX » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:08 pm

u;@ gungers never had a wardrobe.....as I said earlier great stuff A ::g
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Post by shaggybfc » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:32 pm

Super job. ::g
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Re: Saxon Sceat Before & After Electrocution!

Post by mrix » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:31 pm

Lovely coin ::g , certainly improved the detail after cleaning.

But as a Warning for the less experienced reading this topic, do not clean any coin or artefact until you are completely sure your know what it is,
Cleaning can lose much if not all of the coins / artefact`s historic and monetary value if it ends up being something special / rare.
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