Extend the Life of Your Jewelry
Because beadwork is constructed from hundreds of tiny glass beads, as with any glass, these beads are delicate and can break upon impact with a hard surface. Please take care when wearing and handling, as damage can compromise the integrity of the beadwork.
Protect your jewelry from getting banged or scratched and keep it away from chemicals including those in pools or hot tubs, hairspray, lotions or other skincare products. To slow down the tarnishing process, store your jewelry in a re-closeable plastic bag.
Proper Care of Copper Jewelry
Over time natural copper, bronze and brass will age or patina and loose its bright shine darkening to a warm brown color. This can be appealing to a point, however you may want to clean your jewelry when you notice it becoming dingy.
To clean your copper jewelry I have found the following 2 methods work very well.
- Scrub your creation lightly with fine steel wool (inexpensive and available at any hardware store) as needed depending upon the amount of wear the piece experiences. Rinse beneath lukewarm water, then pat gently with a clean soft cloth; or
- Soak your piece in just enough freshly squeezed lemon juice to cover your piece, i.e. 2-3 tablespoons. Add a dash of salt. Dip your piece into the lemon juice and swirl it around. Remove, rinse under clean water and pat dry with a clean soft cloth.
Note: If your copper is very dirty you may need to soak it for 10-20 minutes turning the piece every few minutes. Use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the cracks and crevasses. Do not leave for an extended period of time and do not soak pearls or soft stones. Do not clean your creations with ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or abrasive.