Dating gold artifacts

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A final polishing with a fine brass wire wheel or even by hand with a brillo pad will make the brass shine.

As a final stage to any of the above listed methods, I suggest coating the polished brass with a clear poly-urethane spray, which helps to prevent the shine from dulling.

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To actually clean the object, several methods can be used.The idea is to leach out as much salt as possible from the artifact.Steve Bielenda uses the toilet bowl tank as his artifact bath.Although no preservation is needed, most brass or bronze artifacts usually need to be cleaned to some degree.Any encrustation can often be chipped off with wooden picks.

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