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Top Tips for Cleaning Your Brass Jewellery

Brass has become our signature here at Made. Bold and beautiful, brass is durable and diverse - and in plentiful supply here in Kenya.

Brass will tarnish with wear so it's important you clean it regularly to keep it looking as good as new. For those of you who don't have any Brass cleaner to hand, here are some handy tips on how to clean your Made using store cupboard staples you're bound to have in your kitchen.

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1. Good ol’ fashioned soap and water

Here at Made HQ we use Mothers favourite Fairy Liquid (other brands are available). Simply fill your sink with warm water, squeeze in a dash of the green stuff and, using an old toothbrush or nail brush, give your jewels a good scrub.
If your piece is especially tarnished leave to soak for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with clean water and leaving to air dry before giving it a good buff with a clean cloth.

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2. Lemon Juice

This is the method we use at the Made workshop in Kenya. Once our artisans have crafted the jewellery each piece will then be cleaned with lemon juice and then rinsed thoroughly with clean water before being left to air dry and subsequently buffed for added shine.

Top tip: Why not use an old toothbrush to clean cracks and crevices that are otherwise hard to reach.

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3. Tomato Ketchup (yes really)

The acid in tomatoes is acidic enough to remove the tarnish from your brass whilst being gentle enough to prevent any damage – making it the perfect go-to method for cleaning your favourite Made jewels. Simply apply with a brush or cloth and gently scrub. Use a clean cloth to remove the ketchup and follow with a damp cloth before buffing for added shine.

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Have you got a handy tip for keeping your Made looking marvellous? Let us know hello@made.uk.com