Cleaning your Metal Jewellery

All my metal jewellery is handmade from natural metals.  Some people like the oxidisation that occurs with these pieces.  However, to bring back the shine, the following methods should help to maintain the metals.

 How to clean Bronze

To remove patina, start by washing the item in warm soapy water to remove any dirt and then dry the piece.  If patina is still persistent, take a small bowl, and put 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda into it.  Pour a little lemon juice and mix it with the soda until you make a paste.  Rub the paste onto your bronze jewellery, use an old toothbrush to help get the paste into all areas.  Leave for 1/2 hour or so, and rinse thoroughly and buff with a soft cloth.  Repeat, if necessary until the tarnish goes away.

How to clean Copper
1. Submerge the piece in a mixture of white vinegar mixed with baking soda, then thoroughly rinse in warm soapy water, and buff with a soft cloth.
2. Drop the item in a small dish of tomato ketchup or brown sauce, thoroughly rinse in warm soapy water and buff with a soft cloth.
3. Make a paste consisting of equal parts of lemon juice, white vinegar, and baking soda. Mix in well, then rinse the item thoroughly, and buff with a soft cloth.

How to clean Brass
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into one-half cup of vinegar, and then add flour until the mixture becomes a paste.  Rub into the brass, leave for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly in warm water and buff with a soft cloth.

How to clean Iron Jewellery.

Apply a thin coat of olive oil (or any household oil) by rubbing a small amount into your hands and then rubbing your hands onto the jewellery. Blot away excess with a soft cloth. Apply oil a few times a year or as needed and store in a dry place. Other alternatives to use are beeswax, furniture polish or leather polish.

you should not let your iron artier get wet or wear in the shower, bath, or the ocean. If this happens, dry it immediately. If you do notice some ruse, wipe it with a polishing cloth or microfiber cloth and apply a light coat of oil.

When not in use, store your iron jewellery in a dry place or wrapped in a soft cloth that has been lightly rubbed with oil

Each of my pieces has a slight coating of ‘Renaissance Wax’, a soft wax that gives an added protection to your item.  This does eventually wear off, but is the most natural method of protecting you pieces, and one that I would recommend.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.