Blog posts of '2015' 'October'

All Natural Tarnish Remover

I spend a lot of time checking all my pieces for any signs of tarnish. Jewelry that I may have for a few months before they sell may have some tarnish on them from exposure to the environment. Tarnish is actually is oxidation due to exposure to the air. Many of my pieces are also exposed to a lot of handling by interested customers. Fingerprints seem to speed up the process.

Silver pieces will definitely tarnish over time but did you know that plated pieces can also tarnish? You could use a silver polishing cloth on your jewelry, but this takes quite some time and elbow grease. I've spent some time researching this issue looking for a procedure that would use everyday household products. This is what most people recommend:

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup water, hot not boiling

1 plate

1 sheet of aluminum foil

Cover the plate with the foil. Place salt and baking soda on the plate. Pour the water over the powder and salt and carefully mix them together.

Place the jewelry in the watery mixture and wait a few minutes. The foil pulls the tarnish from the jewelry onto itself.

Rinse, towel dry and, using a soft cloth polish the remaining tarnish from the jewelry.

Let me know how it goes!


An Apple A Day....

The Apple Festival Beaded Pendant  Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away (or so the saying goes). Fall is apple picking season, with crisp, cool air and the refreshing smell of an autumn breeze. The apples are ripe and delicious! My favorite is the Fuji, they were developed by the crossing of two different american types of apples and are sweet and crunchy.

Apple season is the inspiration for The Apple Festival pendant. Perfect for the down to earth, outdoor type. Looks great with a turtle neck or a low scoop neck sweater.

This pendant is on sale for $49.00 from the everyday price of $55.00 at The Apple Festival Pendant. Get the pick of the crop handmade, one of a kind piece for a great price!

See this pendant in person at the Crafts in The Meadow Arts Festival at Tyler State Park Oct 17 & 18, 2015.