it worked! there was a little more elbow grease than what i was hoping for, but not bad!
the baking soda/salt concoction really worked. you literally watch some of the tarnish come off. i didn't follow the directions perfectly. sometimes i get so excited about stuff and i rush through things because i want to get to the end result quickly. i put the baking soda and salt into the foil lined dish before adding the water and it spattered and spit and made a mess all over my black dining table. just beware, if you're like me and have a tendency to jump the gun. everything still worked fine. some of the silverware was soaked twice and some i gave a little extra loving from mr. scotch brite. i wouldn't take a scotch brite to silverware that was a family heirloom, but heck, this bag 'o silver was cheap and i didn't care if i messed it up. know what i mean jelly bean?
an "S" for little miss S. perfect.
i ended up with:
11 random knives
13 random forks
12 random spoons
now on to the stamping, if it turns out to be a disaster, which is highly likely, i won't report back. if it turns out great, you know i'll let you know!
happy st. patty's day!