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Reduce Reuse Recycle Making Handmade Jewelry Earrings Bracelets

Earth Day gives everyone a chance to remember how precious our environment is and how many ways ordinary people can make the world a better place. Changing small things can have a huge impact on the future of the planet and the future of our children. Being environmentally friendly is not just for one day a year, it is a way a life that can save the world.

Handmade Bracelets, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry, Wholesale Bracelets

Handmade Bracelets, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry, Wholesale Bracelets

Reduce the amount of resources you consume. When making handmade jewelry strive to get it right the first time. Planning and experimentation greatly reduce the waste involved when making handmade earrings and handmade bracelets. Carefully consider the correct amount of resources that are needed to have the least amount of waste.

Reducing the waste by eliminating unnecessary packaging of handcrafted jewelry will help everyone in the long haul. Consider more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives such as jewelry gift boxes made from recycled materials.

Reuse materials for your handmade jewelry as well as reusing the packing products to eliminate waste everyday. Try visiting your local recycling plant to obtain packing materials such as Styrofoam and shredded papers. Every time you reuse materials and supplies you make the world a better place for your children.

Recycle your unused and scrap metal left over from making handmade jewelry. Many metal mills will buy your scrap metal to create new recycled metal products. Recycle older handcrafted jewelry pieces reusing parts and findings to create new handmade earrings and unique bracelets.   

Mother Nature will not be so forgiving once the damage is done. We have to be very careful with our actions as there will be no returning after everything is destroyed. We only have one world and our actions today can make the difference for a brighter tomorrow.

This is an original article from Jennifer Hisir of Handmade Jewelry by Copper Reflections.

Create Handcrafted Jewelry Handmade Earrings Unique Bracelets Using Patinas

Handmade earrings, Handcrafted jewelry by Copper Reflections offer unique copper earrings with green patina

Handmade earrings, Handcrafted jewelry, Unique Earrings with green patina

Creating incredible layers of color on your handmade jewelry is easily achieved with the use of Liver of sulfur. This wondrous chemical compound oxidizes many different metals creating fantastic colors on your handmade earrings and unique bracelets making your handcrafted jewelry extraordinary. The varieties of colors that can be achieved are incredible ranging from gold to black and everything in between. No other chemical can produce such wide-ranging color patterns on the surface of a variety of metals including silver and copper jewelry.

Working in a well ventilated area is a definite must, outdoors is preferable. The odor of rotten eggs given off by liver of sulfur can be overwhelming if used in a closed area. It is easy to be put off by the smell but the results that can be achieved are simply amazing.

Liver of sulfur comes in two types. The liquid form can be used straight from the bottle, but the shelf life is unpredictable even when stored in a cool, dark place. Solid liver of sulfur is usually sold in small chunks, which are mixed as needed. For this reason, it is better to buy small amounts of the solid and make your solution mixing only what you need to create the most beautiful handcrafted jewelry.

For your solution, put a 1cm or 1/4 inch clump of solid liver of sulfur in a glass or plastic container with about 1 cup of water. The color of the solution should be a very pale yellow. A strong solution will develop the colors too quickly to stop the process at your desired color while too weak of a solution can take too long and build a thick flaky crust. Experiment to find the best concentration for the metal you are working with to get the results you want.

Set up your workstation so you can easily go from one step to the next. Have a heat source, the liver of sulfur solution, cold water bath and finally a soapy baking soda rinse. The secret is to control the process is the solution strength and the temperature. The hotter solution will react more quickly and the colors will move faster from one color to the next. They roughly go from gold, pink, blue, purple, gray and finally black.

Before you begin, your metal handcrafted jewelry piece should be clean and free from dirt or oils from your hands. Wearing gloves throughout the process is preferable. Liver of sulfur will begin to react the instant you put handmade bracelets or handmade earrings into it. Let the color develop for a couple of seconds on the handmade jewelry piece, then put in the cold water to stop the patina forming. Repeat these steps until you reach the desired color. Finally, rinse the piece in soapy baking soda solution to remove any liver of sulfur residue that could continue to change the color of the patina. Do not rub the handcrafted jewelry piece with the baking soda mixture as any abrasive will damage the patina finish you have worked hard to create.

Liver of sulfur produces a patina finish on metal handmade jewelry but if not treated the effects will wear over time. Use a clear lacquer finish to protect your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets with their new patina finish. Be adventurous and watch how a little color can change your handmade jewelry into a masterpiece!

 
This article is an original article by Jennifer Hisir of Handmade Jewelry by Copper Reflections and may be reprinted as long as the hyper-links are kept intact with working links.