Jewellery Supplies :: Copper findings and caring for copper jewellery

Written by Jo Reed of Finding Beadtopia

FEATURED SUPPLIER! – Abyjem Jewellery

This month I am featuring a Folksy shop which is not all about supplies but will certainly hold the interest of jewellery makers.

Faith Bowman is a jewellery maker of some 5 years and alongside her own beautiful creations she has bestowed upon us some very eye- catching findings.

Working mainly in copper there are S clasps, swan clasps and ear wires. You should also cast your eye over Faith’s impressive toggle clasps in both copper and sterling silver; these couldn’t fail to make an impact on any piece of jewellery. Ideal if you are a handmade purist whose skills don’t quite reach that far yet.

So we have makers and jewellery supplies shops and then we also have a hybrid of the two and it’s all on Folksy.
Visit – Abyjem Jewellery

Copper Swan clasps x 3 - handmade findings
Pure copper toggle clasp jewellery findings

FOLKSY FINDS! Say it with flowers…

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8 antique silver CCB flower beads for jewellery handmade resin flower pendants - with hidden loop on back Orange Jade Carved Flower Focal for 3 Strand Design Czech Baby Bell Flower Beads - Fuschia/Lemon - 4x6mm Yellow Crochet Flowers

JEWELLERY MAKERS TIPS! – Copper Care

Copper has become an attractive alternative in jewellery making given the increase in precious metal prices generally.

Copper will tarnish but there are some really easy and inexpensive ways to keep it looking sparkling:

Keep in a cool dry place, preferably in a sealed bag and use a polishing cloth regularly.

Keep away from water, so take off before showering and you must never do any washing up again!

If your jewellery does develop a patina (due to exposure to the air over time) and you would prefer the shiny look there are a number of things you can root out of your kitchen cupboard to help.

Tomato ketchup, Worcester sauce or the favourite lemon juice/water/salt mix can all be used to clean copper. Avoid lemon juice if the copper is set with gemstones or pearls as it will be a little harsh.

Jo Reed @ Finding Beadtopia

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3 Comments

  • March 26, 2011

    Jenny

    I love copper. I have recently been using it in my latest creations. It adds a really vintage feel to the pieces. Lovely findings here. I have added this shop to my favourites now, x

  • March 27, 2011

    Jacqueline

    Thank you so much for featuring one of my flower focals from my destash shop! I haven’t used copper in my designs up till now, but after reading you blog, I may well give it a try.

    Love Jacqueline x

  • March 31, 2011

    Faith - (Abyjem)

    I am really chuffed to be featured in your Blog Jo, thankyou.

    I love making jewellery but I particularly enjoy making the findings. Its very rewarding to know that someone has chosen my work to compliment their own.
    Faith xx