My shot has turned very dark ?
I recently tumbled some sterling that must have had a reaction from the soap with the left over pickle used? My shot turned very dark. Can I still use it on Fine Silver? I have been instructed to run it without any jewelry pieces in it a few times to clean it again. Will this work? Have I ruined my shot?
First, I really want to apologize for the long delay in responding to your question. I accidentally marked it, along with several others, as being completed when it was not. By now, you may have resolved the problem but, if not, here's my answer.
I'm sure your shot is not ruined...it just needs to be cleaned. It's always a good idea to clean Stainless steel shot from time-to-time as it seems to get a dark residue on it occasionally.
I use a Stainless steel shot cleaner I get from Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. It's concentrated and mixed with water. Basically you mix it up add it to your barrel with the shot and let you tumber run for an hour or two.