How to Polish a Crown

How to Polish a Crown

How to Polish a Crown is certainly a topic everyone can use, especially since we’re headed into the holidays — bringing out the good silver, and shining the jewels…and of course, Our Crowns!

Each Fall, I use this method to polish the silver, tossing in any silver jewelry needing a boost. I found this method years ago in a tiny book, Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing by Michael DeJong.

As many of my readers already know, I was a past Queen of the East Texas Yamboree, which is the longest running festival in the State of Texas. At that, I have a Crown, and this month, I’ve had several opportunities in East Texas to wear my Vintage Crown — so I’ve been doing a bit of polishing.

In honor of the 81st East Texas Yamboree, and the past Eighty Crown Wearing Queens…here’s and easy way to Polish Up Those Crowns, Girls! — and the sterling for the Royal Tea Parties!

When polishing silver flatware, I line the kitchen sink in heavy aluminum foil. For the crown, I needed something smaller, so I lined a soup pot.

Mouse in Crown

The Recipe

What You Need

  • Kitchen sink, stainless steel pot, or glass dish.
  • Baking Soda
  • Boiling water
  • Kitchen tongs

The Process

  • Line the vessel with aluminum foil.
  • Lay in the items to be polished. Place them where they are each touching the foil. Do not overlap items, give each it’s own space.
  • 1 heaped tablespoon baking soda per one quart water to be used. Sprinkle baking soda onto the dry foil.
  • Boil as much water as needed to cover items. Remember, the baking soda is in the vessel, not in the water you’re boiling.
  • Slowly pour the boiling water over the items.
  • You will have a bubbling, hissing reaction.
  • After a minute, use the tongs and move the items around turning them.
  • Give the process about five minutes.
  • You will notice the tarnish has jumped off the silver, and onto the foil — which is now brown.
  • That’s it!!!
  • Rinse the items in cool water and buff with a cloth.
  • Your “Crown” or silver should look good as new.

Special Note

  • If it is a Crown, using the kitchen tongs turn the Crown upside down, then back upright again. Roll the Crown around, so almost every piece of it touches the foil at some point in this process. Allow about five minutes. Once should be enough, but feel free to repeat the process if Royal Duties require an extra shiny Crown.

Another Special Note

  • Some recipes online mention using sea salt and white vinegar. I have never used these, and find the baking soda to be enough. I’m afraid to use sea salt, as this could be too abrasive and over time potentially cause wear on the surface.

Some Occasions to Wear My Crown

Official Yamboree Photo

This is the beginning of my Crown Wearing. You can’t really see it, but it’s on my head.

Queens Joyce and Phebe

My mother was a Yamboree Queen. I was the first daughter of a queen, and the first to wear a colored dress. I wish I had her crown.

The Southern Bow

I practiced my bow since about age five.

Phebe in Parade

Five years ago, I got to wear it again in the 75th Anniversary Parade. I will wear it again this year as Parade Grand Marshall this coming Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Phebe and Kathy Murphy

My friend, Kathy Murphy, and creator of the Pulpwood Queens Book Clubs with 800 chapters in the U.S. I was back home this weekend signing my new book at an afternoon tea. Kathy had to pin my crown on. She did such a great job it didn’t wobble once!

Book Signing, Laughing

This past Friday, October 12th, 2018, was my first book signing held in my home town. The event was an afternoon tea at the library for the Yamboree Association. It was a very fun day.

Yamboree Information

Originally published at Phebe Phillips Blog.