Shipping Out Some Cabochons

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Five of the cabochons I made are in the mail and headed to their new home today. I feel a little like my my children have left for college.

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These are the first of my cabs that anyone has ever purchase from me. I’m really excited to see what they get turned into, and I hope they are loved as much as I have loved them!

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Crafting Carolina Rescheduled

Due to rain, Crafting Carolina was postponed. The new date is March 28th, 2015, and it will be happening rain or shine.

I was really bummed out about the change of date, but it’s given me the opportunity to expand my inventory even more! I’m beyond prepared for next Saturday, and I hope you’ll come see us at the Lapidify booth.

New Fire Agates

Two new fire agates from Arizona Firegems arrived this week. I had to take some glamor shots and show them off, because I’m totally enchanted by them. If you’re interested in doing a custom order with either of these stones, send me a message and I’ll let you know if they’re still available.

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Cleaning Copper Jewelry

Copper is amazing. One of the reasons I love it so much is how much it changes over time. As it is exposed to the elements, it oxidizes, creating a blue-green patina on it’s surface. Not everyone wants that though, and bright shiny copper is lovely in its own right.

Patina and accumulated dirt and grime can be easily removed from copper jewelry with a few natural ingredients. All you need is some lemon juice, salt, and a small bowl to mix them in. My partner’s ring got covered in black acrylic paint and other gunk the other day, so I took a few pictures while I cleaned it!

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Here are the basic steps:

  1. Juice 1/2 a lemon into a small bowl, and add 2 teaspoons of salt. You want just enough liquid in there to cover the piece you want to clean.
  2. Place your copper jewelry into the bowl and gently swirl the mixture around. Make sure that the piece is covered. If it’s not, add a little more lemon juice and salt.
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  3. Set your timer for about 5 to 10 minutes and let the piece sit.
  4. After 5 to 10 minutes has passed, remove the jewelry from the bowl and gently rub in with a paper towel. Most, if not all, of the patina and gunk should come off with minimal effort.
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  5. Rinse the piece in running water and then dry it with a soft, lint free cloth.
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There are a few things to keep in mind before you clean your jewelry. Some stones like calcite can be harmed by acids and it would be best to keep them out of lemon juice. It’s also important to be patient when you’re cleaning wire wrapped jewelery. Small wires can get snagged on rags or bent out of place if they are scrubbed with too much force. Instead, use less pressure and trust the lemon juice and salt to do its job.

If you have any questions or other ideas on how to clean copper jewelry, leave me a comment!

When you’re smaller than your shop banner…

I’ve never had a banner before. When the shop banner came in I was so excited that I wanted to post a picture of it, but the cats were determined to step all over it/gnaw on it. Instead my partner agreed to take a picture of it while I held it up. 20150301_202602

I think it really does a good job of accenting my shortness.

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Thankfully, my tent will be holding this up during Crafting Carolina in Charlotte on March 14th, not me, and everyone who so desires should be able to find the Lapidify booth. Come stop by and see me in all of my short glory (Also, my jewelry will be there. I guess that’s important too).

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