I was going to do some gardening today but the weather put paid to that with grey skies and rain for most of the day so I went into the studio to make bangles and boy did I make some :) The photo shows the bangles, which are sterling silver, being lightly hammered to give them some texture and shine. Tomorrow I'll add a tree of life or a starfish charm to each one (which will be soldered, so no more lost charms) and polished ready for sale.
These are what the bangles will look like when they are finished...
Over time any sterling silver jewellery exposed to air will tarnish. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. It’s the other metals, primarily copper, that make sterling silver tarnish. The copper reacts to moisture and sulfur in the air, causing the sterling silver tarnish. Silver tarnishes faster in areas with high humidity and air pollution. Chemicals like hairspray, perfume, deodorant, body lotion, bleach, etc., can speed up the tarnishing process.
The best way to prevent tarnishing is to store clean, dry sterling silver in a dry airtight container, like a Ziploc bag, airtight container etc.
An anti-tarnish strip with the silver jewellery in a Ziploc bag or airtight container helps to absorb tarnish-causing elements.
The Strips absorb atmosperic pollutants which can cause the silver to become oxidised and can help silver to retain its bright colour over time. To ensure best results replace the Strips as often as possible.
On Monday I thought I'll get back on my blog in earnest and start with 'Today I'll be making', but here we are on Thursday and I'm just posting the makes today !! I'll definitely get more organised and post regularly to keep you up to date with what's going on in my studio :)
Below is a pic of what was on my bench on Monday - cast sterling silver cockle shells just back from my casting service - 12 tiny and 12 medium all ready to be sanded, soldered and polished. The tiny ones will be attached to delicate bracelets and drop earrings and the medium ones to chunky bracelets and possibly necklaces.
A wonderful customer asked for a custom order of seven sterling silver with sea glass charm bangles - to four she wanted to add a sterling silver stafish charm and to the other three an anchor charm and these are the finished bangles. I posted them off and the very next day I received this fantastic message:
I ordered 7 bangles for my daughter's wedding. They will be presents for her bridesmaids. I contacted the jeweller Maureen and she liaised with me to make these bangles slightly customised. I went for 7 silver bangles all with sea glass and some had an anchor charm and some had a starfish charm. They arrived very promptly all presented in lovely white drawstring bags. My daughter & I were really thrilled. Thoroughly recommend this lovely jeweller. THANK YOU XXXX
Just had a wonderful day - drilling sea glass! I've made approx. 42 sea glass charms and this stunning emerald green sea glass and silver cluster necklace, available on an 18, 20, 22 or 24 inch chain. Hoping to make some more tomorrow with different colours of sea glass, browns, blues, whites etc.