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Anyway I can try remove the crust from this tiny bronze coin and what would best to get more detail of it as looks like it has some detail on it under that corrosion.
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It's always a gamble cleaning copper alloy coins, it either enhances them or destroys the detail, though there is no reversing the process if it has a detrimental effect! :o I think personally I would just leave that one as is, but having said that I once simmered some Roman coins in olive oil, they came out a uniform colour with some enhanced detail.
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Yep, toss it in some olive oil and forget it for a few weeks to soak.
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I hear that soaking in olive oil teases out a bit of detail (never tried it meself) but do bear in mind that, being organic, olive oil will break down and ruin the object over time, so don't use it on anything you want to last or is of historic value :thumbsup:
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Be very wary using olive oil, it’s acidic and can very easily ruin them.
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Do you think distilled water would be better I no it's a longer process
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Infinitely better, Pete, though there are also those who say you should never use water of any description (though I simply don't understand that). I don't soak mine - just give em a dip and show em the toothbrush to get the mud off. Encrustation requires more work though.
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figgis wrote: Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:57 pm Infinitely better, Pete, though there are also those who say you should never use water of any description (though I simply don't understand that). I don't soak mine - just give em a dip and show em the toothbrush to get the mud off. Encrustation requires more work though.
cheers mate it looks silver under that crust
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figgis wrote: Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:57 pm Infinitely better, Pete, though there are also those who say you should never use water of any description (though I simply don't understand that). I don't soak mine - just give em a dip and show em the toothbrush to get the mud off. Encrustation requires more work though.
Yep, encrustation is the problem, mud is easy peasy.
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