Keep your handmade jewelry looking it's absolute best!
As many of you already know, metals are affected by many different natural elements. Water, air, sweat, etc. Sweat is especially bad for metals. But there are a few things you can do to keep your handmade jewelry looking it's best.
Copper is one of the main metals that will tarnish quickly. So you can either clean it, remove the tarnish or oxidize it.
There are plenty of very cheap solutions to this problem. You can easily go on amazon and get yourself some jewelry cleaning, or oxidizing solutions. But there is another way to naturally clean your metals.
Natural cleaning solution for jewelry
The best homemade jewelry cleaning solution is a mixture of a few drops of Dawn dish detergent in warm, not hot, water. Let the piece sit in the solution for a few minutes, longer if it's very dirty, then gently scrub with a new, baby-size, soft toothbrush. To rinse, place the item in a new container of lukewarm water.
Now if your jewelry is already tarnished that is a different matter and a different solution needs to be used.
How to remove tarnish naturally
Mix two parts baking soda to one part water to make a paste, then gently rub the mixture onto the jewelry. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth or microfiber towel. You can also follow a similar method using cornstarch. Just let the paste dry completely to remove the tarnish.
How to oxidize your jewelry naturally
White vinegar can produce a green or blue patina on copper, but requires another material to hold the moisture close to the metal. Let the copper soak in a mixture of white vinegar and salt, or bury it in sawdust or even crushed potato chips, then soak the mixture with vinegar. Oxidizing jewelry is also a different way you can actually customize the color and look of it.
Simple solutions to keep your handmade jewelry looking it's best..
Handmade jewelry is much more easily affected by natural elements that are used in everyday life. So if you want to avoid this as much as possible, it's simple.
1. Try not to wear or expose your jewelry to things such as, water, sweat, or other natural elements.
2. Keep your jewelry in a box of some sort or jewelry box to keep it safe from these elements.
3. If you are going to be doing something that will make you sweat such as working out, make sure to take your jewelry off first.
Protect your jewelry as much as possible.
But luckily if it does get affected there are simple treatments to help restore it back to it's natural beauty.
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