Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Banana Skin Silver Polish
I'm continuing my series of posts called Witchcraft on a Shoestring, which I began after someone who came to one of my workshops suggested I do more for witches who are strapped for cash. Today I am writing about how you can use banana skins to polish silver.
You see that pretty little silver-plated dish with the seahorses on it in the picture above, and the two chalices in the picture below? Well, they are looking nice and sparkly because the other day I gave them a good polish with banana skins, as you can see in progress in the photo to the right.
All you need to do is smear the pulp from the inside of a banana skin all over the silver, leave it for a little while. The pulp will dry a bit, but go over the silver again with the banana skin to loosen it and to polish the silver more. Then wipe it off and buff your silver further with a cloth. I will admit it does take a little bit more elbow-grease than using proper silver polish, but if you eat bananas then this method of polishing is effectively a free bonus.
I should probably add that the chalices and dish were also inexpensive items, because they came from charity shops some time ago. However, I've only recently got around to cleaning them!
My first Witchcraft on a Shoestring tip was to make use of libraries. Obviously libraries are mostly closed due to the current pandemic lockdown policies - but many offer online loans of ebooks, so do check out what your local library has in the way of ebooks on magic, witchcraft and related topics by going to its website.
I also blogged about how it is always fine to use ordinary white candles for spells if you don't have anything more fancy. That's also good advice for people in lockdown, who might not have anything except tealights to hand. Another money-saving idea was to use a black ready-meal dish as an inexpensive scrying bowl.
I'll be blogging with more Witchcraft on a Shoestring posts in the future, but if you have an questions or suggestions do leave a comment.