Last month we talked about firescale, now let us discuss another finishing step - Oxidizing Jewelry. When or why do we oxidize our jewelry? How is it different from natural tarnish?
Metals like sterling silver is an alloy that contains other metal such as copper. When the copper reacts to moisture (from our hands) and sulfur (in the air), the sterling silver will tarnish. Typically natural tarnish starts from slight yellow/brownish colors and over time will get more brown then gray to dark gray and eventually black. The rate of tarnish really depends on ones skins' pH and the surrounding environment. Certain chemicals such as sun screen, lotions, or even perfume can expedite the speed of tarnish.
Now a days, many people are not only into shiny jewelry but also rustic, antique or vintage styled jewelry. For us, oxidization is applied to help bring out those texture and stamping to give it that rustic appearance on some of our jewelry (e.g. tree bark rings). Different oxidizing solutions are used on different metals such as sterling silver, copper and/or gold. Some rings are oxidized completely while others are only oxidized on the stamping (See below).
Once they are oxidized, we would clean them up again with sand paper until we get the desired effect.
Both natural tarnish or oxidation darkens the ring. Either way, the darkness can be removed, lighten and/or brighten up by using the specific metal jewelry polishing cloth.
So what else is happening in April? We Monkeys had a few good Easter gatherings over the last two weekends and had enjoyed many fun filled Easter games (Yes, we know Easter is not here yet though thats just the way to meet everyones schedules these days). Following is a sample egg hunt idea for those who is still looking for an awesome game on Easter day.
1) Pick the egg hunt location --> A park or your home. For us we picked the park.
2) Pick out 10 specific spots in that location to hide eggs (e.g. a swing, tree, net, bench, slide, table, etc..) There should be a clue next to each hidden egg for them to solve for the next hidden egg location.
3) The first person who finds all 10 eggs wins the big surprise baskets.
Three main kinds of clues were used in this egg hunt. Example of each type of clue is shown below:
i) Secret Code:
ii) Word Search (Crossing out POP gives you the word --> SWING)
iii) Picture puzzle. We took pictures of a few specific locations. Cut each picture (older kids 8+ pieces, toddlers 2 - 3 pieces) to make a puzzle.
Mother's Day is on Sunday 5/14. It is definitely not too late to plan your special gift for your grandma, mother and/or wife. Our domestic order deadline for mother's day with USPS First Class shipping is Friday 4/21/17. Domestic with USPS Priority deadline is 4/28/17. For international orders, please contact us for rates.
Some of our Signature Mother's Day Gifts are......
A) When do you see Friday comes before Thursday? (An object)
B) What is the Easter bunny’s favorite kind of music? (A type of music)
C) I jump when I walk and sit when I stand. What am I? (An animal)
As usual...answers is at the very bottom.....
A) A dictionary B) Hip Hop C) Kangaroo