Archive for August, 2008
There are many ways to care for your Sterling silver jewelry, One of the most simple is to place your pieces in zip lock bags with a small piece of white chalk, this will keep the moisture down and minimize your need to polish your pieces. If your pieces do tarnish then cleaning with a special treated cloth is all you need to do. In those rare cases you may need to use other means I posted a option a few posts ago that works well. The best thing to do is to prevent the tarnish, use the chalk and baggies. Then the cleaning will stay a minimum. For other care info see our website.
Ok so here is the deal for every 5 enties in the contest I will add a new set of enterchangeable dangles so this contest could be the best yet. Tell all your friends email everyone you know lets get the entries up and the prize bigger and better than ever.
I found this on Beading daily.
At-Home Tarnish-Busting Remedies
I help out at one of my local bead shops every so often. As one of the store managers mentioned, it helps sate “Jean’s need for adult conversation.” That pathetic reality aside, I also like to be at the shop to see and hear about what other beaders are making and doing. It’s a great way to learn about beading dilemmas and their solutions.
Case in point: One day I was helping a customer with a silver purchase and she was absolutely bubbling over to share an at-home tarnish removing method. I couldn’t wait to go home and try it.
1. Choose a plastic or glass (never metal) pan that is deep enough so that when filled with water your tarnished jewelry will be covered.
2. Put a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the pan.
3. Pour near-boiling water into the pan.
4. Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to the water.
5. Place the tarnished jewelry onto the piece of aluminum.
6. If necessary, add more baking soda to the dish until you see the tarnish coming off your piece. You should get a slight bubbling effect with an odd odor.
As soon as I got home that day I tried it, and guess what? It worked like a charm! I found I needed to take a soft toothbrush to some of the metal beads to get the tarnish completely off, but it didn’t take much. I’m not sure how the chemical reaction would affect gemstones or other beads, and I would never try it with a piece strung on silk, cotton, or nylon thread because of the hot water. But it went perfectly for this bracelet made of sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and crystals strung on beading wire.
I’ve heard of other at-home tarnish remedies, too:
Mix mild soap, water, and a drop of ammonia. Rub the tarnished piece with the mixture and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Place clean silver in a plastic zip bag with a piece of white chalk inside. This keeps new tarnishing at bay.
Cover newly cleaned silver with car wax to inhibit tarnishing.
If anyone has a home treatment please post it here.. I hope to be back creating soon and will get new things posted here. But in the mean time New month New contest don’t forget to enter at
Thanks for all your patience, with the furneral of my father-in-law this last thursay things have been very crazy. But the orders were mailed today and I hope to be back on track now. . . . . Di