Shop Update and Cyber Monday Sale!

Lapidify will be having a sale through Monday, 11/30! Use the code “CYBER15” at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase of shiny things.

I’m excited to report that I’ve uploaded a bunch of beautiful new items to the Etsy Shop! I’ll continue doing so over the next 48 hours or so as I have the opportunity to photograph the pieces.

A final note: I’ve taken a handful of holiday commissions so far, but have room for a few more. Let me know if I can make a special piece for you or a loved one.

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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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Ewwww.

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!

Cephalopod Rising: Reversible Handmade Copper, Lava Rock, and Iolite Necklace.

From the inky depths rises a cephalopod of unknown species or origin. Maybe its about you as you are of it, or maybe it’s hungry? ┬áMaybe it just wants a friend? If you wear it as a necklace, you can show it the sites around town. As an added bonus, it looks fetching.

Like many of my pieces, this necklace is designed to be reversible and versatile. Love your necklace but want to wear something more professional for the office? Simply turn the piece over and display the side with two small tentacles. Are you trapped in a conversation with someone rude or obnoxious? Turn the necklace over to display the image of an Elder God and summon its wrath to terrify or devour your opponent, enabling you to avoid potentially awkward social situations.

Coyote Tooth Spiral Copper Wrapped Earrings by Lapidify. All copper components of these earrings are hand hammered and wrapped to order.

(For good measure, I try to do a nice cleansing over the teeth while I’m at it.)

If you’re interested in these earrings or would like to make a custom order, let me know!

Looking for some teutonic bling for your viking bae? Some shimmer for your sheild maiden? Check out my new owl and snake motif woven copper bracelet, now up for sale on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/listing/221152969/owl-and-snake-germanic-style-copper-and

This pendant was the product of a really pretty iolite bead and my brain on a fever. My sister called it “Lovecraftian.” I like to think of it as my fever dream Crystal Shrine pendant.

This item has sold, but you can see more items like this by checking out my Etsy shop: Www.etsy.com/shop/lapidify

Another fun custom order down. This time it was garnet and copper earrings! I had to experiment a little with the design since I do not have the garnets drilled (though I did tumble/polish them myself). I may play around with something similar to it in the near future.