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Cleaning Copper

Over a period of time your body perspiration, chemical makeup, the air, any of these factors will cause copper jewelry to discolor and possibly discolor your skin. But there’s an easy fix, right in your kitchen cupboard!  First of all, I recommend that you store your jewelry in small airtight plastic bags, or in tarnish resistant cloth bags.  However, metals will darken and become dull after a period of use and exposure.  It’s time to clean!


My favorite method is: 

Use a small glass or ceramic dish, lemon juice, a old toothbrush, soap and a drying towel. (Anything in your kitchen cupboard with a high acidic content such as the lemon juice will work...you might try; tomato ketchup, or even Worcestershire sauce.  I choose lemon juice, it cleans your jewelry pretty quickly so it will be bright and shiny in no time! )


Place one piece of jewelry in the dish and pour the lemon juice over the item and allow it to set for a short time in the liquid, about 10 to 20 minutes. I usually use a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and turn the copper over every few minutes to assure an even cleaning. You may have to change the cleaning liquid a couple of times if the copper is extremely dirty.  If you have copper on a wooden or bone cuff, use baking soda, lemon juice to make a paste and brush it on the metal area.

Use your old toothbrush to gently scrub into the cracks and crevasses of the design. When you have achieved the desired cleaning, run clear water over the jewelry to rinse. Then use a little soap and the toothbrush to clean just a little more, rinse and pat dry with a towel.


Please DO NOT leave your jewelry soaking too long OR if your copper jewelry has pearls, or any other soft stone DO NOT use any of these ways of cleaning!


Metal Clay

Metal clay is a pliable material made with fine particles of metal, silver-bronze-copper, combined with an organic binder and glycerin or water. Together it is a claylike substance and can be molded, shaped, textured, and formed into anything you want. Once you form 

your clay, it is fired at a very high temperature, usually in a kiln, and the binder burns away, the metal particles fuse together and form a solid piece of metal. 


 



Brenda Branson