Copper electroforming is a popular jewelry-making technique that involves building up layers of copper onto a base material, such as a mold or a piece of jewelry, to create a unique and intricate design. Copper electroformed jewelry can be a beautiful and unique addition to any collection, but it does require a bit of special care to keep it looking its best. In this blog post, we'll go over some tips for caring for and maintaining your copper electroformed jewelry to ensure that it stays beautiful and vibrant for years to come.
First and foremost, it's important to remember that copper is a soft metal, so it is prone to scratching and dents. To prevent damage to your copper electroformed jewelry, it's a good idea to store it in a soft, padded container or jewelry box. By storing it in a cool, dry place, away from humidity and sunlight you can protect your copper electroformed jewelry from tarnish. You can also consider using a jewelry polishing cloth or a tarnish-preventative product to help protect the metal. Avoid stacking your copper jewelry on top of each other, as this can cause scratching and dents. If you do need to stack your jewelry, again be sure to use a protective barrier, such as a soft cloth, to prevent damage.
Another important aspect of caring for your copper electroformed jewelry is to keep it clean. Copper is a reactive metal, which means that it can tarnish over time. To keep your copper jewelry looking its best, it's important to clean it regularly. Do not use harsh abrasives or polishing compounds to clean your copper pieces. Instead, start with an old soft toothbrush with warm soapy water. You can soak the piece for 2-5 minutes and scrub with the soft brush. Carefully dry with a clean soft rag, and polish with your polishing cloth. Some crystals and stones react when submerged in water, practice caution and confirm water is safe before doing so. Another easy way to clean your copper jewelry is to mix equal parts white vinegar (or lemon!) and salt and use a soft cloth or toothbrush to gently scrub the jewelry. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly with warm water and dry it off with a soft cloth. If your jewelry has intricate designs or hard-to-reach areas, you may need to use a small, soft brush to get into the crevices.
In addition to regular cleaning, it's a good idea to protect your copper electroformed jewelry from harsh chemicals and environmental elements. Avoid wearing your copper jewelry while swimming, showering, or applying lotions and perfumes, as these can all cause tarnish or damage to the metal. If you do need to wear your copper jewelry in a chlorine- or saltwater-rich environment, be sure to rinse it thoroughly with fresh water after wearing it to help prevent tarnish.
Finally, it's important to be mindful of how you handle your copper electroformed jewelry. Be gentle when putting on and taking off your jewelry, and avoid pulling on the metal too hard or tugging at the design. If you do notice any dents or scratches on your jewelry, you can try to gently buff them out with a soft cloth or a jewelry polishing pad. If the damage is too severe or the jewelry is too delicate to buff, you may want to consider taking it to a professional jeweler for repair.
Overall, caring for and maintaining your copper electroformed jewelry is all about being gentle and proactive. With a little bit of care and attention, you can keep your copper jewelry looking beautiful and vibrant for years to come.