jewelry. Friday , July 28th , 2017 - 09:56:54 AM
A favorite home treatment is to line a pot with aluminum foil, one of the metals anodic to silver, put your jewelry in, and cover it with water, then add several tablespoons of baking soda. Boil gently until you see that the discoloration is gone. Your jewelry may be completely clean, or may have a white powder on its surface from the oxidization. This can be removed easily with a baking soda paste. Remember to exercise caution in cleaning silver jewelry. If it is not purely silver, like a chain or bracelet, the treatment you use can damage soft stone or pearls.
Resin is an excellent medium that provides endless thoughts and ideas when it comes to arts and crafts. Resin casting method is quite popular among hobbyists for making interesting resin jewelry. It is a process wherein there are solidifying molds for resin. Resin jewelry molds have a hollow cavity of the desired shape that allows easy solidification of jewelry designs. Today various types of synthetic resin, like polyurethane resin, unsaturated polyester resin and epoxy resin, etc., are used for making this jewelry. Resin is used as a varnish for making various beautiful jewelry items. This jewelry looks somewhat similar to beaded jewelry and you can also carry out beading with resin.
Rock polishing is achieved via a process called 'tumbling'. A tumbler consists of an electric motor, a barrel, and a frame with rollers. A pulley and a belt connect the rollers to the motor. To begin with, the barrel is filled up to almost three quarters with stones of about 1 inch in diameter. Silicon carbide is then added in a proportion that is half the total load in the barrel. Water is also added. The basic procedure is to tumble the rocks with progressively finer grits and polishes until the desired shape and shine is achieved. As the barrel rotates, its contents collide, wearing down the stones. The stones then begin to erode. The rate at which the stone erodes will depend on its characteristics. Every day, stop the machine, remove some stones, and wash them under clean water. Then allow them to dry and inspect them with a small magnifying glass under bright light. Clean out the sludge in the barrel. If the stones are pitted or cracked, return them to the tumbler, add the right amount of silicon carbide and water, and repeat the process. When your samples do not reveal these pits, cracks, and hairlines, remove all the stones. It may take 4 to 6 weeks to finish a batch. Once the stones are perfected, comes the final part. A tablespoon of cerium oxide per pound of stones is to be added. Tumble for another week.
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