▪ Jewelry Care Q & A ▪

Some of the more frequent questions I get have to do with the jewelry care. Copper and silver jewelry tend to lose their luster over time, so the questions range from basic cleaning tips to restoring copper or silver jewelry to its like new condition.

If you have a question related to the care, maintenance or restoration of pure copper or silver jewelry, this is the place to ask it. I'll give you my best answer. And, if you're a wire jewelry artist yourself and you have a special solution to a problem or concern, please share it.


Jewelry Care questions asked by other visitors.


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Jewelry Care Questions Asked by Other Visitors

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Sulfur Water damage to silver jewelry 
My son has a sulfur water well, and my silver jewelry gets very tarnished if I forget to remove it before doing the dishes at his house. I have tried to …

Removing patina from copper 
Recently I made a helms chain weave necklace, bracelet, and earring set using copper for the large rings and Argentium Silver for the smaller rings. Not …

Why is my copper silver? 
Well, Stacy, I am not a chemist or a metalsmith (as you already know), so here goes....tried fusing some fine silver wire to a copper piece which I thought …

Tools Markings on Wire 
I am having a difficult time with tool marks, especially when working with heavier gauge wires like 14g or 16g. How do you avoid tool marks? Thanks! …

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. …

Intentionally Removing Plating from Brass Findings 
I have an assortment of brass jewelry components that are plated in silver and gold. I would like to strip them down to bare brass using a vibratory …

Remove Patina from Copper 
My first try at using LOS was not good. It was evidently to strong and my copper piece came out black. How do I remove the patina? I want to start over. …

Protection for sterling silver 
Hi! I am kind of new in the world of hand stamping jewelry and I have so many questions to ask! My biggest concern is about the tarnishing process. I am …

Hammered wire is filmy 
Lately, when I hammer a piece of wire, I have been using Argentium Sterling wire, there is a film on the hammered portion, I tumble it and still I can't …

My Copper Jewelry Turned Brown 
I have some copper bracelets that I've kept in my jewelry box for a while and they've turned dark brown. How can I clean them? Stacy's Answer: Ellen, …

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