Cari Taylor's Profile

About

Welcome to my shop!

I find inspiration for my designs anywhere and everywhere, including the different hues of sky and earth, unusual found objects and the patterns found in nature and urban settings.

My jewelry is handcrafted from my home studio in western Colorado where I live with two very obnoxious cats. By day, I work at the local Public Library, managing electronic resources and answering all kinds of interesting questions.

Other place to find me:
facebook.com/weekendcreature

Thanks for supporting handcrafted!

Please see my Shop Policies before ordering to answer questions about shipping, gift wrapping, materials, etc.:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/weekendcreature/policy…

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  • Joined February 1, 2007

Favorite materials

recycled sterling silver, recycled fine silver, metal, gemstones, glass, wire, wood

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About

Welcome to my shop!

I find inspiration for my designs anywhere and everywhere, including the different hues of sky and earth, unusual found objects and the patterns found in nature and urban settings.

My jewelry is handcrafted from my home studio in western Colorado where I live with two very obnoxious cats. By day, I work at the local Public Library, managing electronic resources and answering all kinds of interesting questions.

Other place to find me:
facebook.com/weekendcreature

Thanks for supporting handcrafted!

Please see my Shop Policies before ordering to answer questions about shipping, gift wrapping, materials, etc.:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/weekendcreature/policy

Questions? Contact me through Etsy or email: weekendcreature @ gmail.com

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SILVER JEWELRY

Of course I have to add that this method is at your own risk—if you’re worried about damaging your great-great-grandmother’s antique ring, maybe just to be safe you should go to a jeweler. I’ve heard you should be careful with pearls or fragile gemstones with this method, but I’ve used this technique for a long time and so far, so good. I haven’t used it on pearls, but I have used it with soft gemstones, like fluorite. And, if your jewelry is purposely oxidized, don't use this method, as it will remove all that antiquing!

To get shiny silver back, here’s how:

1. Put about 2 cups of water on to boil.
2. Find a pan, dish or bowl that’s big enough to lay whatever you want cleaned flat on the bottom, and can hold up to boiling water. I don’t clean more than a few items at a time.
3. Line the pan with aluminum foil making sure to cover all the sides. You want to create a foil liner.
4. Place your jewelry in the pan making sure it’s completely flat and touching the foil.
5. Cover the jewelry with an adequate layer of baking soda. Make sure your pan isn’t too shallow because when you add water to baking soda, it foams up quite a bit.
6. Slowly pour the boiling water over your jewelry. Swish your jewelry around a bit with some sort of utensil, then add some more hot water and keep foaming it until you either have no more room for water, or the foaming stops.
7. Carefully take your jewelry out of the hot water and rinse with water until no residue remains.
8. Gently towel dry your jewelry and enjoy!

Hopefully that works as well for you as it does for me. This technique is GREAT for sterling chains, though you might need to repeat it for really bad tarnish. This is a pretty common technique, so if you find yourself needing pictures or more info, just search for ‘cleaning jewelry with baking soda’ in Google—you’ll get lots of results.

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