▪ Weekly Wire Blog ▪

The Weekly Wire is my mini-blog. Here's where I'll...

  • let you know what's new on the site — content, questions in the Q&A section, jewelry hot-off-the-bench.
  • update you on new classes, events, jewelry shows and other interesting goings-on in the hodgepodgerie world.
Feb 08, 2015

remove a tarnish free coating on my brass necklace.

How do I remove a coating (or tell if I have one) on my brass necklace? Stacy's Answer: Hi Sandy! Brass items with a protective coating do not tarnish.

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Feb 08, 2015

How to polish 60/40 copper-zinc alloy bangle?

I have a beautiful Koi bangle. The bracelet has a silver appearance but is actually cast from 60/40 copper/zinc alloy. It has turned from silver to yellow.

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Feb 08, 2015

hoop earring tutorial question

Good Morning ! I love your hoop earring tutorial and your entire site. I make these earrings often. When I make them out of 18 gauge wire and add beads,

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Feb 08, 2015

Does liver of sulfer make the metal stink afterwards?

I have never used liver of sulfur before but I understand that it stinks like (duh, sulfur) similar to stink bombs from grade school. I am wondering if

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Jan 23, 2015

Wire Jewelry Class Schedule

Check out my latest wire and metal jewelry class schedule and be part of a fun jewelry making class or workshop.

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Oct 28, 2014

Will LOS Patina on ring turn finger black?

Will my finger turn black from the liver of sulfur Patina on a coin ring? If so how can I stop this an still keep the patina? Thanks! John Stacy's Answer:

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Oct 07, 2014

Amount of shot in dual tumbler.

Hi, I see that you recommended putting 1lb of shot in the tumbler. I just got a dual tumbler and ordered 1lb of shot, so I was wondering if I could split

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Sep 24, 2014


What do you use to remove some of the patina after darkening. I have found a lot about adding patina but very little about what to do after the patina

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Sep 23, 2014

black matte finish on a copper pendant

Thank you for your article. I recently made a copper pendant with silver balls. I want the copper to be black ( really black) and the silver balls silver.

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Sep 23, 2014

a really black color

I made a pendant of copper with silver balls. I'd like the copper to remain black. In the LOS it turned black really quickly. I let it sit for a while

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