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Desert Patina cleaning Project, step by step !!

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Awsome, Salem! Thanks! Now to see about making this sticky...


Joe Sermarini:
This is the same method that I use.  Let me add one thing - this should be done under magnification, preferably under a binocular microscope. 

The two steps that cannot be over emphasized:

(Joe):   Do it under magnification.  If you can't see what you're doing, you're bound to screw it up.  A steady hand will only take you so far.

(Salem):  Shave/scrape from down to up.  Mistakes/slips are FAR less damaging and FAR less frequent going in this direction.  It doesn't matter what tool you're using (pin/pick/scalpel), always down to up.

What's the tool?


--- Quote from: Salem Alshdaifat on May 22, 2010, 01:34:29 am ---
start shaving from down the edges to the up, never go from up to down, you might remove some of the sand patina .

--- End quote ---

What do you mean by down to up?  Are we talking from low points to high points or from edge to center or from the bottom of the coin to the top?

And what kind of tool is that?


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