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How do you take the shine out of stainless steel cutlery?

I’m in a play and in one scene my character waves around cutlery. The problem with this is that the forks and knives reflect badly on the lights and creates a blinding effect towards the audience.
My director asked me to wash the cutlery with a bar of soap, (i’m using an organic, olive oil based bar of soap) and told me it would take away the shine.
The trouble with this is that it isn’t working!
Any advice on what i should do?

3 Responses to “How do you take the shine out of stainless steel cutlery?”

  • Christine:

    Silly question, but are you rinsing them off after washing? Try leaving the soap on them

    Next option: if you have hard water locally, and are using softened water, try using water that hasn’t been through the softener. It will leave lots of water stone on the cutlery if you just let it drip-dry (yes, I found this out the hard way).

    You can try scratching the cutlery with some steel wool, that might reduce the shininess. At the very least you won’t get a beam of light reflecting into the audience.

    If nothing else works, just get them dirty enough that they are no longer shiny.

  • ♥♥♥English & Western Cowgirl♥♥♥:

    You can try sanding it. I’m just guessing. But, if its for a school play why are you using a real knife? Its probably not though because they would never let you. Good Luck and Have Fun!

  • oldknowitall:

    Try spraying it with hair spray. It leaves a residue and should kill the shine.

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