MidwestAlchemy

Raw Crystal and Stone Copper Rings and Jewelry

Ohio, United States · 2828 Sales

MidwestAlchemy

Raw Crystal and Stone Copper Rings and Jewelry

Ohio, United States 2828 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Laura

Laura on Jul 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I should be giving 10 starts as I have 2 semi-custom rings. Both AMAZINGLY beautiful and with excellent craftsmanship. They are works of art and it is difficult to stop admiring them :) Kelly sized them down a bit with no extra charge. Thanks so much!

TERRI SPINUZZI

TERRI SPINUZZI on Jul 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

ONE OF A KIND PIECE. I LOVE IT AND HAVE RECEIVED MANY COMPLIMENTS ON IT. SOMETIMES I CHANGED THE CHAIN OUT FOR A BLACK LEATHER CORD AND IT MAKES A SHORTER NECKLACE. CAN'T WAIT FOR MY NEXT PURCHASE

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Modern Sculptural Gems

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Unique and unusual handmade copper rings, pendants and raw crystal jewelry - focusing on wearable, sculptural specimens and rough gemstones and minerals. Organically imbued, modern, urban gems!

Crystal, amethyst, quartz, topaz, wood, aquamarine, opal, tourmaline, garnet, sapphire, citrine, druzy, labradorite, turquoise, chrysoprase, pyrite, pearl...

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  • Kelly

    Owner

    Texture, shadow, color and subtle nuances - Paired down and simplified.

  • Shane

    Creator

    My super talented husband! Hand sculpts and carves all of the animal totems within the shop. We then cast them in copper PMC and fire them in our home studio.

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Last updated on Mar 20, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I welcome custom work should you be looking for something that is not currently available within my shop. Custom work based upon availability and studio schedule. Please feel free to contact me with your questions!

ELECTROFORMING

This process allows me to explore opportunities that are not feasible with traditional metal-working techniques but unfortunately does not allow for resizing once the ring is complete.

Electroforming, in the simplest terms, is the intricate process of controlling a metal deposit of copper onto a conductive surface whether it be an organic or inorganic material. This process is similar to plating...but is done over a much longer period of time - and can be anywhere from 2 - 12 hours. Basically a thick “skin” of metal is built up into a rigid surface - which in this case is the ring or pendant form. Various patinas and finishes are possible after the initial electroforming process is complete.

Care instructions

Each piece has been hand-sculpted, electroformed in copper.

To preserve its finish, please do not use heavy commercial abrasives, tarnish removers or ultrasonic cleaners. Pieces should be worn with care and not during aggressive activities or long exposures to water - shower, swimming, etc. Avoid strikes or blows to the minerals or gemstones. A warm, natural oxidation will occur after repeated wear or use. A soft polish cloth can be used to lightly buff the surface. Storing in an airtight container when not in use will also help preserve its finish.

PATINA

BLACKENED COPPER

Rings have been treated with LOS - Liver of Sulfur. It is a surface treatment / patina and will wear in time. Keeping the surface free of excessive water will help preserve the finish. The exposed copper will darken and oxidize with continuous use to a beautiful, natural patina.

REAPPLY PATINA

As you wear your piece the patina will wear with time - this varies from person to person. Should you want to freshen your piece with a new patina, you can do so with liver of sulfur which can be purchased online. Personally I prefer the gel variety that is premixed and apply as needed.

Will my finger turn green?

Some people green and others do not. Greening is simply the ring reacting to the air and your body's chemistry. We are constantly releasing chemicals from our bodies sometimes resulting in a reaction with the metal surface. This will not effect the integrity of the ring. Electroformed pieces will not be affected …but alkaline levels in some persons bodies may be high and may cause greening along the base of the finger - this is difficult to predict - as everyone's chemistry is different.

Greening is not harmful and can be removed with non-gel toothpaste.

If you are concerned with greening, you can apply jeweler's Skin Guard (available in a brush-on form) to the ring band to aid in preventing greening.