My bench is packed, as is my tumbler and all of my cleaning stuff. After the estate sale I went back through the remaining costume jewelry and removed a few more pieces for my MIL's great granddaughter (who was supposed to get ALL of the jewelry but at 9 years old doesn't need 5 boxes of the stuff!). I found a few chains that were cute but gunky with grime.
Couldn't find anything other than dish soap so I put the all metal pieces in an old cup and poured Windex (with ammonia) in. Let them soak for a few minutes then shook the cup a bit (a manual tumbler :-) Hit the tough spots with a soft toothbrush. This worked great in a pinch.
That's amazing! I know that many jewelers use Windex if you put on a ring and can't get it off. I also know that my mother used to clean her diamond rings with a solution of ammonia and water. There must be something to it, then!
I've also read that it's great to clean Argentium silver with before firing it. Ostensibly, it's supposed to clean the metal best and prevents fire scale. Haven't tried it yet, but when I do, I'll let ya know. I'll also let you know if it clears up my acne. LOL