Info

1. Materials I usually work with:

  • metals : copper, brass, silver,  (sheet and wire form)
  • Gemstones
  • Glass, wooden and ceramic beads
  • sometimes fabric

2. Creation process:

– soon

3.  Jewelry Care:

For silver plated wire:

  • I advise you to keep them away from water, dust or humidity, therefore, when not wearing them, they should be kept in closed boxes or little plastic bags with a zipper, away from heat, moist or extreme lighting. This way they will keep their shine for a  longer time. When they do start to tarnish, they can be polished with a soft cotton cloth.
  • I’ve read about many different cleaning methods, from simple dish washer soap to special silver cleaning products, I personally tried it out with  a bit of a toothpaste, and it seemed to work. Just be very careful to choose a very soft toohtbrush and  brush gently so the silver layer doesn’t get scratched. Afterwards rins it very well and dry it. Still,  I do not advise to clean it this way too often.
  • For semipretious stones avoid special cleaning products, they may harm the stones. Just whipe them with a soft cloth.

For copper jewelry:

  • Copper jewelry oxidizes and darkens very quickly when it comes in contact with air, especially in the presence of heat, sunlight, sweat, humidity, water, chemicals and cosmetics (body lotions, perfumes, etc). When in direct contact with the skin, it may leave a darker, greenish coloration on the skin. Some people have a body chemistry that is more prone to staining than others. Usually it can be washed off with soap and water.
  • Cleaning can be done with lemon juice or vinegar and salt , but I do not recommend this for copper jewelry that has been previously oxidized. By cleaning the jewelry this way, it will remove all oxidation and will most likely eliminate any possible texture that has been achieved with previous oxidation.
  • Simply wipe your jewelry with a soft clean cloth prior to storing, in order to remove any oils from contact with your skin. Keep it out of direct sunlight or air. Storing copper jewelry with anti-tarnish paper or in a resealable plastic bag will probably slow down the tarnishing process, however, it will not eliminate it completely.
  • Other options may be using wax or a layer of spray lacquer on the parts of the jewelry that come in contact with the skin, but done in thin layers to prevent flaking. All coatings will wear down in time depending on usage, but they can easily be reapplied.

Some people actually prefer the deep rich look of vintage copper, as I do myself. 🙂 

For silver jewelry :

  • Silver jewelry tarnishes and darkens in time, especially in the presence of heat, sunlight, sweat, humidity, water, chemicals and cosmetics (body lotions, perfumes, etc).
  • Cleaning can be done with lemon juice or vinegar and salt, but I do not recommend this for jewelry that has been previously oxidized. By cleaning the jewelry this way, it will remove all oxidation and will most likely eliminate any possible texture that has been achieved with previous oxidation.
  • Just simply wipe your jewelry with a soft clean cloth prior to storing, in order to remove any oils from contact with your skin. Do not use paper towels or tissues to clean or polish your jewelry as they contain fibers that can scratch the silver.
  • Keep your jewelry out of direct sunlight or air. Storing it with anti-tarnish paper or in a resealable plastic bags will probably slow down the tarnishing process, however, it will not eliminate it completely.
  • Polishing your silver jewelry can be done by using a special silver cloth.