Cleaning Enamel – Cufflinks

I saw this question posted on Derek web discussion. Thought this might be useful for some of you.

Question: How can i clean/shine/polish enamel cufflinks?

When you pose the question of how to “clean/shine/polish the enamel” on cuff links, I will assume in answering your question you mean just that … the enamel … not the underlying metal.

Yes, the way to accomplish this is for an enamelist or enamel restorer to take on the job. They have the experience and expertise. Given this, it is the rare time that much can be done to help the damage to the enamel. And by damage I mean scratching from light to heavy. Chips, cracks and discolored areas are a completely different matter. This entails completely stripping the enamel and starting over. A very costly proposition.

There is nothing one can go out and buy to remove the scratches or make the enamel shine any brighter (aside from a wet cloth and a bit of mild soap).
The bottom line here is that enamel is simply colored glass. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Enamel is ground, powdered silica (sand) mixed with various oxides for color, bonded by fusion to a heat-softened metal surface in a kiln. The word “enamel” refers to the glass material as well as the finished product.
I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to post them or e-mail me.


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