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    Posted 2 months ago

    valentino97
    (732 items)

    I recently found this 1.5" lightly domed pendant/brooch marked MB Taxco Mexico 925 online in the scrubbed state shown in pic. 3. It probably had composite stone originally. Someone scraped and cleaned it thoroughly. It wasn't very expensive so I decided to add it to my collection of 6 round Mexico brooches (2 not shown have composite stone). I decided to dip it in "liver of sulfur" and then buff the high surface back to bright sterling. I was nervous but the result was GREAT! My pictures aren't the best. It looks brand new, except for the back which I'll keep cleaning with q-tip and simichrome polish while I watch TV.

    A few tips about using liver of sulfur: Clean your sterling item. Dip it, rinse item with water. Meanwhile, pour fluid back in original container. It's nasty stuff, try not to get it on you or anything else. Because I didn't want to damage the oxidized low areas, my first pass was with simichrome on damp t-shirt rag, lightly rubbing item. Next I used simi on q-tip careful not to damage the oxidize areas. Pay attention to the pin connector - it might not be 925 grade sterling. Be sure you carefully scrape, clean because it would be a big bummer if the pin connector disintegrated after all your work.

    Anyway, it was so worth this humble Valitization effort. Thanks for looking.

    Note: The 3 graphic pins are inspired by Aztec shields or Chimallas from the Nahuatl tribes (including Aztec and Mixtec) of Mexico.

    9/1/2021

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    Comments

    1. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Thank you Fort and vcal for your loves.
    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 months ago
      Its BEAUTIFUL -- and the four of 'em look GREAT together!! :-) :-) :-)
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      AnythingObscure - thank you for your nice comment. The one that started it all is the bashed up swordfish which is my favorite. :-)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
      How nice is the result!
      I never had the nerve to order and use liver of sulfur, fearing I couldn't get rid of it on unwanted areas... Your post makes me reconsider to try :-)
      Thanks Mary!
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 months ago
      I know that I have seen one before, quit recently but don't know where. It has a very nice picasso look to it !~
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Thanks kyra - I think the secret is to dip, rinse, buff quickly.

      Thanks Phil - yes, these have a Picasso vibe. They were made in the 1950's, but also the motifs are from ancient patterns found on stone buildings, temples, pottery in Mexico. I bet Picasso was inspired by that.

      Thanks friends for your love - Kevin, Jenni, T, aura, watchsearcher, vintagelamp, vynil33 :-)
    7. Searching1 Searching1, 2 months ago
      What a fabulous job you did to this brooch!!!! Looks so beautiful - Well done!!!!!!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Thank you Searching1 for your nice comment. I thought it would work since I've used liver of sulfur before, just have to act quickly.

      Thanks Daisy for your love.

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