I am posting this home electrolysis video that I made while cleaning a few silver rings. If you have never done electrolysis and have always wondered how, then watch this video until the end, it is a little over 9 minutes long.
You can use the same process for cleaning silver coins but I do not recommend it for rare or key-date coins.
Some examples of rings that I have cleaned using electrolysis.
In the video I am cleaning 4 heavily tarnished silver rings ending up with amazing results.
AGAIN, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS WITH KEY-DATE OR RARE COINS
As I explain in the video, I make AC to DC, 9 volt adapters for this home electrolysis system. If you decide to make your own, be sure to know which lead is the positive and which is the negative. Always attach the negative clip to the item to be cleaned and the positive (which I used a red clip for) to a stainless steel spoon or similar high carbon steel piece.
Fill a glass with cold water and add a teaspoon of sea salt and stir it together, you can also add a squirt of lemon juice if you like (I did not) for better conductivity. Set the object and the spoon in the glass, without them touching during the process, and plug the adapter in.
I advise doing this near an open window or an outside area because it will produce a gas that may be bothersome to some people. Also periodically check the adapter to be sure that it doesn’t overheat. I found that my adapter usually gets warm after about 30 minutes, so I unplug it for about 15 minutes before the next use..
A ring usually only needs about 10 – 20 minutes of home electrolysis and then a baking soda and water rub with your fingers to become shiny again.
I usually give them a tumble in my Harbor Freight Tumbler for a bit to help polish them up.
Please watch the whole video for the best result and information.