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postheadericon How to Clean Found Coins or Fountain Coins

How to Clean Found Coins or Fountain Coins

Here’s how to clean coins collected from fountains or coins picked up from the street. These coins are usually dirty, grimy and clog coin counters. This is a cheap and easy way to clean them. 1 Take coins and place them in a mesh strainer or an old metal strainer. Give the coins a rinse to get any of the loose dirt off. 2 Place the coins in a container with a small amount of dish soap. Let them soak for a few hours to overnight. This helps loosen any…

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How to Clean Negatives

Two Methods:Cleaning Negatives After DevelopingCleaning Old NegativesCommunity Q&A Before you use a negative to create a photographic print, the negative must be as clean as possible. Dust, watermarks, streaks and fingerprints on negatives are just a few things that will cause a print to be flawed. However, cleaning negatives can damage them if you don’t use the right techniques; and once damaged, negatives cannot be repaired. Method 1 Cleaning Negatives After Developing 1 Use the Ilford rapid fixed method of washing after developing your negatives. The Ilford method uses far…

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How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes

Two Methods:Mineral TurpentineLaundry DetergentCommunity Q&A Cleaning paint brushes which have been used for oil paints or varnish can be a chore and result in dried paint clogging the brush if not done thoroughly. You can also use a lot of turps in the process! An easy and economical way to clean them is as follows. Method 1 Mineral Turpentine 1 Obtain the needed items. For this method, you’ll need three glass jars, preferably with interchangeable lids, an empty tin such as a tuna tin and some rags or newspaper. 2…

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How to Clean Geodes

Two Methods:Use Bleach and Denture Cleaner to Clean GeodesUse Oxalic Acid to Clean GeodesCommunity Q&A A geode is a rock that contains crystals in a hollow cavity. When geodes are split open, you can see the crystals inside the rock. The crystals in geodes come in different colors, due to different minerals found in the environment around the geode. You can clean a geode with bleach and denture cleaner. Oxalic acid, which is also called wood bleach, will remove iron deposit stains from a geode. Use these tips to clean…

postheadericon How to Clean Oil Paintings to Preserve It for Years

How to Clean Oil Paintings to Preserve It for Years

Owning a good original painting has always a matter of pride for the owner. And nowadays purchasing modern paintings or original oil paintings have become easier with the popularity of online art galleries. But just as it takes one a long time to find an oil painting which one would like to own, an oil painting also needs a lot of caring and maintenance to retain its beauty for years to come. Professional help can be obtained to clean or refurbish your valuable oil paintings. However you can effectively clean…

postheadericon How to Clean Oil Paint off a Paint Brush With Dish Soap

How to Clean Oil Paint off a Paint Brush With Dish Soap

The common and effective method to clean paint brushes that has been used for oil painting is to wash them in turpentine. Sometimes, however, you may find yourself inspired to paint and then find, once you have finished, that you have run out of turps! If you leave your brushes coated in oil paint to dry then they will be ruined. Your brushes need to be cleaned before they become unusable, so here is another effective way. 1 Prepare your cleaning materials. First, ask yourself this question: Why does the…

postheadericon How to Clean Coins With Electrolysis

How to Clean Coins With Electrolysis

One of electrolysis uses is purifying metals. Coins are metals, thus can be purified by electrolysis 1 Gather the things that are needed. These are listed under “Things You’ll Need”. 2 Connect four AA batteries in series to form a 6-volt DC power source. 3 One alligator clip will be positive (anode) and the other will be negative (cathode). Test it by putting the coin on one clip. If it bubbles, put it on the other clip (the anode). 4 Clip the nail onto the other clip (the cathode). 5…

postheadericon How to Clean Copper Coins in Seconds

How to Clean Copper Coins in Seconds

Brighten old, dark pennies in seconds! No scrubbing necessary at all. The effect is achieved only where the mixture has been in contact with the coin, so be careful to cover the entire coin!! 1 In a small container, place a small amount of table-salt (1 gram is plenty). /c/c8/Clean Copper Coins in Seconds Step 1 Version 2.360p.mp4 2 Add enough acetic acid (vinegar, white vinegar is most recommended) to moisten the salt into a paste. /4/44/Clean Copper Coins in Seconds Step 2 Version 2.360p.mp4 3…

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How to Clean a Stuffed Animal

Three Methods:Using a Washing MachineWashing By HandDrying Your Stuffed AnimalCommunity Q&A Stuffed animals are popular with kids of all ages so it is important to know how to properly clean them. Make sure to always read the label so it won’t get ruined or fall apart. Use soaps that are safe for both the material and your health. Always make sure both the inside and outside are dry to prevent mildew. Method 1 Using a Washing Machine 1 Make sure that you’re able to machine wash your stuffed animal. Read…

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How to Clean Bakelite

Two Parts:Cleaning and Polishing BakeliteIdentifying and Cleaning Early PlasticsCommunity Q&A Bakelite is a synthetic plastic resin first produced over a century ago, and used in thousands of applications. Nowadays, Bakelite has been replaced by more modern plastics, and may be the first plastic to achieve vintage status. While tough, Bakelite will develop a hazy or dull finish when exposed to the elements. Specialized products are required to clean it safely and effectively, but the restored shine will last for many years if the Bakelite is kept out of direct sunlight….