Sunday, March 30, 2008

My New/Old Finds!!!

I've finally had time to concentrate on my crafting because of my Easter break. Recently I've discovered two fabolous new/old materials to incorporate into my jewelry making: lucite from the 1960's and molded pressed glass from Japan during the 1930's and 1940's. I fell in love with the vibrant colors and the detailed patterns. I've purchased a bit of both and am experimenting on ways to showcase them.

Here is a sterling ring and pendant set with the lucite cabochons.

Next is a pendant with molded 1940's glass.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Cleaning Copper

Cleaning Copper Jewelry

With the price of sterling silver at $19.74 many designers and buyer are discovering other metals for their jewelry. Pieces made of copper, brass and bronze are now being seen in marketplaces. The marrying of metals is evident in designs. As an aspiring metalsmith I personally like combination of sterling with copper/and/or brass. I offer these two nontoxic solutions for cleaning your copper jewelry to bring back that bright penny shine!

Method 1
Mix equal parts salt & lemon juice

Drop in jewelry for 1-2 minutes

Rinse and dry thoroughly ( I use a hair dryer)

Vinegar can be substituted for the lemon juice.

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