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Old 01-14-2020, 05:43 PM
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Hey everyone so I dug this crotal bell this past weekend and it has a crusty layer on it and I was looking for some ideas on how to clean it so I can display it. Name:  D4467E95-AD67-41A7-9C83-DB8FAE09BED4.jpg
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:17 PM
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Is it a brass or steel bell? Iíve seen them madd from both


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Old 01-14-2020, 10:16 PM
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All the ones I have found simply wipe clean with some water. These are made of tombac. yours seems to have the tombac color.

Hard to tell with yours since the photo is out of focus. Try taking another photo with the camera slightly farther away (note the cloth is in focus).

I would start with just washing and scrub with a soft brush.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:25 PM
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All the ones I have found simply wipe clean with some water. These are made of tombac. yours seems to have the tombac color.



Hard to tell with yours since the photo is out of focus. Try taking another photo with the camera slightly farther away (note the cloth is in focus).



I would start with just washing and scrub with a soft brush.


Yeah thatís it lol tombac not steel. Yet they were also made of brass to so it depends on the makeup for how to clean.


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Old 01-15-2020, 01:12 AM
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I have found a soak in distilled water helps dissolve that mineral layer you are struggling with. Let the distilled water do the job with very little light brushing or depending on patina condition you can remove it if it isn't stable.
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:48 AM
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Iíve had great results tumbling for a half hour or so.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:38 AM
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Thank you to everyone I will get a better picture and will try some of your suggestions.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:41 AM
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for the clearer photo.
That is a crusty crotal bell. Looks like concreted soil and some rust staining.

Bamboo skewer may be helpful to pick away some of the soil. Other than that go with what the others suggested.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:30 PM
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Thanks to everybody for your suggestions Iím going to try a few things and see what works
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:10 AM
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Found good info on cleaning cal bells here:
https://classicbells.com/info/Care.asp

This web site has lots of very good info on Horse Bells. Worth bookmarking for later reference.
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:02 AM
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I throw things like this into tumblers with coins. What you might try to get something inside of it would be dry rice, water and Dawn detergent

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