2016 is nearly over. What have I accomplished in the my jewelry making adventure? Well, it’s been a slow year for me. What about you?
In my personal life, we’ve spent months searching for that perfect home. We finally found it! A 1924 Sears catalog home. Well built, cozy and perfect! Moving and settling in was less than perfect, as you probably already know.
With my jewelry bench set up in the basement, I now feel ready to pick up where I left off. My etsy stores are open…check, my facebook page is up…check…my blog is current…check! Just need to get instagram back up and running with updates on my new projects.
With 2017 just around the corner, I’m starting to think about which jewelry making projects I’d like to work on. A new ring design…a new bracelet…how about earrings? One of the most wonderful things about learning to make jewelry is that you can make what YOU want to wear! The world of jewelry is at your feet! The sky really is the limit!
What about you? Are you trying to get your priorities for the coming year in order? Yes, there is more to life than learning how to make jewelry…but it’s one part of my life that I truly enjoy! I’m not giving up!
I’d love to hear about your 2017 projects!
Do you like pickles? No, not the ones you like to eat with your ham sandwich. The easy-on-the-earth-we-live-on pickle! This pickle cleans off fire-scale* from your metal jewelry.
I was quite cautious about using a caustic pickle mixture. Everything I read about it was HORRID! I didn’t want to worry about getting it on my skin, in my eyes and on my jewelry making bench. So, I just kept on researching and found a really great ‘natural’ pickle. I have used it for a couple of weeks and it works wonderfully! The fire-scale is cleaned off nicely and doesn’t harm anything that I value! The recipe is at the end of this post, if you’d like to try it.
I bought a little, used crock pot to heat the pickle mixture. It seems to work better warmed up a bit. I leave the metal in the pickle for about 15 minutes. Then, I turn off the crock pot and remove the metal piece using popsicle sticks. I then rinse and dry the metal and prepare it for the next step…whatever that might be.
The BEST part is that I’m not involved in harming the planet. That makes my heart happy! (Wouldn’t that make a cute stamped disc? A little smiling planet…sign!)
Hope you have a really nice evening!
Natural Pickle Recipe
About one cup of White wine vinegar to one teaspoon of iodized or kosher salt or slightly more, if required. Should be used warm for best results. I have personally used it on copper and sterling silver only. Please be advised to dispose of responsibly. Due to the possible metal content, pour into plastic container, label, then take to your community land fill. There should be persons on site to help you.