While I don't mind the look of tarnished/aged/antiqued sterling silver, sometimes I prefer the look of polished sterling more. This was one of those times - I needed 1 of the flower spacer beads I had gotten but in a polished, clean silver finish.
|Before: "Aged" Sterling Silver|
I assumed that I could drop them into my silver dip (shine brite brand) and it would clean off the patina. I don't think most bali beads have a natural patina, however - I think some sort of black ink is applied to give them the tarnished/aged/antiqued look. So, the silver dip did not remove the black fake patina.
Next I tried a brass brush - and this is the way to go! I used a cheap brass brush from a local hardware store, nothing fancy. It was the smallest they had, and it was perfect. The black came off like a dream - the silver dip helped, but the brush was the king of clean! Another quick polish and they were ready to use and free of the black.
|After: Polished Sterling Silver|
Either way, if you're wondering how to get super shiny bali beads, a brass brush is a must!