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Sirakor
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If you ever want to clean your coppers, or have found a nice copper coin that you want to be really shiny, but it looks brown and manky (you know what I mean), here's the effortless way to do it:
drop them into a glass of red wine and just let them sit there for 15min or so. take them out and - voila, they'll be the shiniest coppers you have ever seen.
Larry Barnowsky
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It also works for old British gold coins but I recommend you pour Cabernet Sovereign. Smile
Don't try it with Cabernet Sauvignon it won't work.
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Actually if you pour some salt on them and rub a lemon on them they get cleaned in under 30 seconds.
Roland B
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Coca cola also works, I never tried with wine (and I don't think I will Smile )
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Does this work with silvers also, or does it jsut work with coppers because of the way they "decompose" (for lack of a better word)?
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Kidmagic87 -
:fyi: check this link...

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......;forum=3

:goodluck:
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Sirakor
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No idea if it works for silver, nickel or anything else. I justed wanted to share the fact that red wine cleans coppers. in case you wonder how I came to try this - I didn't, at least not intentionally. we have a funny tradition here: at dinners you can drop a penny into some elses wine glass and the owner of that wine glass then has to down it (the wine, not the penny). originates from saving the queen from drowning as far as I know. well and someone got 'pennied' with a rather dirty coin the other week but didn't touch their glass for a while; after he downed it a truly shiny penny emerged from the glass ;-)
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We also have a tradition in states Sirakor... it's called "quarters". Same coin in glass idea, but totally different motivation. Instead of saving the Queen from drowning, we try to drown our buddies!

I have a little group who come into the bar on weekends, take over a small area, and play for hours.

It's a learned but useless skill Smile

They're fun to do magic for by the end of the night. Talk about being able to get away with murder... I could load soccer balls under their coasters and they wouldn't notice!

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I would never do this to harm a fine wine... argh... Smile
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Pete-I'm with you. What a waste of good wine. But it does remind me of my sponge beluga effect.....
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Ethicaly, I definetly would not use wine. Fine wine would be harmed and poor wine wouldn't be in my glass Smile
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Heh, if you feel hessitant about using (wasting!) good wine, there's another technique, whic is a bit messier mind.
I've found using Brown Sauce also cleans the coppers so that they look like they are 'fresh from the mint'.

Just place the copper in some of the sauce so that it is covered, leave for a minute or 2, and then clean it off.

At least this way you aren't wasting any wine!

Although the salt and lemon idea seems more appropriate.
Thanks,
Tony Smile
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Dropping a coin into wine isn't quite as bet etiquette-wise as something that happened the other night...

We were dining with some friends, who brought along a couple we had just met. Said couple are richer than God... but class? The man (I leave out the first six letters of the word GENTLEman), while we were eating, whipped out a length of DENTAL FLOSS and flossed...

Ptoooooooieeeeeeeee
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Pete,
Are you sure he wasn't doing the The Gypsy Thread and you were too inebriated to remember. Smile
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Burp!
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I use BAKING SODA - It works on Brass, Silver & Copper. Mix Baking Soda with water into a paste then rub it on your coins! No harm to your coins... see how it sHinEs!
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I just tried using lemon juice, salt and a little water on one of my coin sets - worked great! I just swished them around and let them sit for 5 minutes. Got shiny coppers and silvers without any fuss.
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I just found a easier way take ashes from a cigerette and rub it on the copper coin I have not tryed it with silver but works great with copper.
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Amazing recipes. what are you trying to clean off the coins?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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Instaed of wine use vinegar.

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