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.
FOLKSY FINDS! Say it with flowers…
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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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