What do you do, when the UNTHINKABLE happens . . . . . . . ?
What do you do, when the UNTHINKABLE happens . . . . . . .?
So, you have this really nice, fairly clean coin, token, or medal, but it's got a small bit of smoodge on it. It has a nice matte finish on it, so you have to be really careful NOT to compromise the finish. To get the smoodge off, you know you can take care of that with a little trip to the Acetone Spa.
You carefully lower it in for a few minutes . . . . but wait, you have just used the little wooden paddle you use to extract said coin, token or medal in a different solution. You don't want to "cross pollenate" the chemicals, so you grab a little brass spudge tool you have lying around.
It's not as wide, but it'll do, right?
Wrong! The spudge tool is somewhat chrome plated. It has a somewhat hard edge, and in a moment of idiocracy, the tool slips, the planchet slides across it's edge, and . . . . . . . .
I mean, how do you recover from something like this? After the screaming, swearing, and use of some "perfectly good English," you calm down and try to weigh your options.
That's when lessons learned from the "CircCam" discussions come to mind.
If life gives you lemons . . . . . . screw it, I hate lemon-aide, give me some Mike's Hard Cider to get through this . . . . . . .
So my only option left, other than to toss it out or buy a new one (which I did anyway), is to try give this piece a circulated cameo conversion.
I therefore tossed this medal into my pocket with about 6 bucks of clad quarters, dimes, and nickels. I was looking for an "accelerated" aging process. And I am getting the results I was looking for.
Here it is after almost one week of pocket carry.
The matte finish is wearing down nicely. The scratch above does not penetrate deeply into the surface, but just breaks the matte finish away. High points on the planchet are getting a nice polish.
It's better, but the original gouge is still visible and a couple new ones have appeared.
Back into the pocket it goes . . . . . . . .
About 2.5 weeks into pocket carry (and one night buried in a flower pot in my backyard) and this bad boy is really starting to take on the appearance I was hoping for.
The fields are now nicely lightened. The areas around raised elements are starting to darken. High points are nicely polished. A few "bag marks" and additional scratches all lead to the newfound character of this piece.
Here is how it looks after 2.5 weeks . . . . . .
The fields on the reverse need a LOT more work. The complexity of the design has the high points "protecting" the fields. I need the lettering to get a bit more evenly polished to make them readable.
All in all, I think another month of pocket carry will get this "once damaged" piece back to a respectable, but different than original, finish.
Heck, I might even go back out and bury it in the backyard to see what additional "environmental enhancements" I can get to the brass . . . . . . . .
Busy chasing Carr's . . . . . woof!
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