Copper was probably the first metal to be used by humans. In fact, copper beads dating back to 9000 BC have been found in Iraq. Copper jewelry is found in several ancient civilizations and was even associated with gods and goddesses in Greek mythology; this could be a statement for copper jewelry health benefits.
|This softer metal is relatively easy to shape. For that reason many cultures used copper with zinc to create a stronger, more durable alloy for the making of tools. Copper has a natural ability to conduct electricity so, when worn, is said to harmonize the body’s energies, clearing any blockages or imbalances--some copper jewelry benefits.|
|What’s so great about working with copper to create my jewelry designs? Where do I start! First of all I love the color. This rich and earthy hue looks great with many different gems including turquoise, amethyst, onyx and malachite.
These handmade copper jewelry pieces are a treasure to own.
|I love that I can alter the color of my handcrafted copper jewelry with a variety of different processes. Using heat I create a reddish tint; blue/green is created with a vinegar/ammonia process and liver of sulfur creates a blackened tint. This blackened (also referred to as antiqued) process looks especially beautiful when applied to a highly textured piece of jewelry. The surface is blackened while the raised textured areas remain bright. Stunning!|
|‘Sprinkled Silver’ is my copyrighted signature design process. I fuse copper and sterling together to create an amazing finish. Due to the nature of fusing every piece is different. No two will be identical. How often have you been able to say you are wearing a distinctly unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted copper jewelry design? Now you have that opportunity.|
Pure Copper is formed into my signature snake design. Rich black onyx is the perfect complement to the bright copper. This makes for a beautiful designer copper jewelry piece.
All of my copper jewelry is treated to prevent oxidation and maintain the finish.
Handmade copper jewelry is one of my specialties. Shop here for unique copper jewelry, sterling silver cuff bracelets, or an edgy one-of-a-kind gemstone creation. My designer copper jewelry creations include earrings, copper rings and copper cuffs. Check my site often for new designs and processes. Since my mind spins constantly with new ideas, my designs tend to change too. !
Well those of you who follow me KNOW that I adore copper jewerly. When I first started taking metals classes, the instructors always had us making the designs and templates with copper. Copper was considered a low cost alternative to silver and gold (Duh!) So we could make lots of mistakes on our journey to become designers... without the financial burden. That made lots of … [Read more...]
Gold jewelry has always been coveted. And even though gold prices have come down over the last 2 years, they are still almost 3 times the price from 10 years ago. As I write this post, the price of gold is $1229.00 and ounce. Ten years ago it was under $500 an ounce. I LOVE wearing beautiful baubles. In the past I eagerly purchased (and received as gifts from my hubby) gold … [Read more...]
A few years ago I took a metals class at the Mesa Arts Center. One of the processes explored at length was fold forming. I took to this process like icing on cake. (OK, so I am a little hungry as I write this) At any rate fold forming is FUN!! I experimented during the classes, on the days between classes and then just kept trying new ideas. The book that helped me the most … [Read more...]
Malachite is the vibrant deep green gemstone that is often seen in Southwestern Designs. It is always found mined with copper.... which is why you often find malachite settings in copper. The two are just meant for each other. In this design I have combined the Copper with a touch of silver too. "A field of ripe cabbage with their prevailing hue of malachite green" Walt … [Read more...]
I really LOVE working with copper! When I first started taking metals classes, copper was used as the 'learning' metal. Meaning 'work with copper to get the feel of metal and what you can accomplish' . Once past the learning curve, then venture on with Silver and/or Gold. However, with the incredible price raises for gold and silver, many jewelers have discovered the fun and … [Read more...]
Copper was probably the first metal to be used by humans and is considered sacred to many cultures. It has a natural ability to conduct electricity; So, when worn, it is said to harmonize the body's energies, clearing any blockages or imbalances--just some of the copper jewelry benefits.
Copper is biostatic, meaning bacteria will not grow on it. For this reason it has long been used to line parts of ships to protect against barnacles and mussels. It was originally used pure, but has since been superseded by Muntz metal. Similarly, as discussed in copper alloys in aquaculture, copper alloys have become important netting materials in the aquaculture industry because they are antimicrobial and prevent biofouling, even in extreme conditions and have strong structural and corrosion-resistant properties in marine environments.
Numerous antimicrobial efficacy studies have been conducted in the past 10 years regarding copper's efficacy to destroy a wide range of bacteria, as well as influenza A virus, adenovirus, and fungi.
Copper-alloy touch surfaces have natural intrinsic properties to destroy a wide range of microorganisms (e.g., E. coli O157:H7, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),Staphylococcus, Clostridium difficile, influenza A virus, adenovirus, and fungi). Some 355 copper alloys were proven to kill more than 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria within just two hours when cleaned regularly. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the registrations of these copper alloys as "antimicrobial materials with public health benefits," which allows manufacturers to legally make claims as to the positive public (copper) health benefits of products made with registered antimicrobial copper alloys. In addition, the EPA has approved a long list of antimicrobial copper products made from these alloys, such as bedrails, handrails, over-bed tables, sinks, faucets, door knobs, toilet hardware, computer keyboards, health club equipment, shopping cart handles, etc. (for a comprehensive list of products, see: Antimicrobial copper-alloy touch surfaces#Approved products). Copper doorknobs are used by hospitals to reduce the transfer of disease, and Legionnaires' disease is suppressed by copper tubing in plumbing systems. Antimicrobial copper alloy products are now being installed in healthcare facilities in the U.K., Ireland, Japan, Korea, France, Denmark, and Brazil and in the subway transit system in Santiago, Chile, where copper-zinc alloy handrails will be installed in some 30 stations between 2011–2014.
Copper is commonly used in jewelry, and folklore says that copper bracelets relieve arthritis symptoms. In alternative medicine, some proponents speculate that excess copper absorbed through the skin can treat some ailments, or that the copper somehow creates a magnetic field, treating nearby tissue.
In various studies, though, no difference is found between arthritis treated with a copper bracelet, magnetic bracelet, or placebo bracelet. As far as medical science is concerned, wearing copper has no known benefit, for any medical condition at all. A human being can have a dietary copper deficiency, but this is very rare, because copper is present in many common foods, including legumes (beans), grains, and nuts. 
More recently, some compression clothing has been sold with copper woven into it, with the same folk medicine claims being made. While compression clothing is a real treatment for some ailments, therefore the clothing may appear to work, the added copper may very well have no benefit beyond a placebo effect.
Copper compounds in liquid form are used as a wood preservative, particularly in treating original portion of structures during restoration of damage due to dry rot. Together with zinc, copper wires may be placed over non-conductive roofing materials to discourage the growth of moss. Textile fibers use copper to create antimicrobial protective fabrics, as do ceramic glazes, stained glass and musical instruments. Electroplating commonly uses copper as a base for other metals such as nickel.
Copper is one of three metals, along with lead and silver, used in a museum materials testing procedure called the Oddy test. In this procedure, copper is used to detect chlorides, oxides, and sulfur compounds.
When in raw form copper oxidizes quickly when exposed to the air. This means it will turn various shades of green. There is nothing hazardous about this oxidation… especially if you like the green. However, it will wear off on your skin when worn. Of course you can clean your skin with soap and water to remove the green.
Wear your jewelry AFTER you have applied make-up, perfume, lotion, sanitizer or hairspray. Metal does react to any of these applications so it is best to don the jewelry last!
Clean and shine the copper with Lemon juice. If the piece is small enough, then immerse it in the lemon juice for 10-20 minutes. The length of time is determined by the amount of ‘green’ or dirt on the piece.
If your piece has texture and crevices, please use a soft brush to clean those areas.
I treat ALL my pieces with a lacquer finish. Rustoleum enamel spray works for me but there are several others on the market. The finish maintains the beautiful colors and inhibits oxidation.
Do NOT use chemicals (or lemon juice) to clean these pieces. They will eat away at the finish. All you need is a soft cloth. Microfiber works great.
Keep in mind that NO finish is going to last forever.
With prolonged wearing, your skin oils will tend to soften the finish that touches the body. If this happens you can always apply more lacquer to the underside. Any lacquer that says it will protect metal will work. Prolonged wearing is defined as wearing it EVERY DAY for 4-5 months.
Sprinkled Silver is my name for the process of fusing sterling or fine silver into copper. I fuse silver components right into the copper. The result is a single design that is unique, one of a kind and so much fun to wear!
How did it all begin?
I took lots of metals classes, especially in the beginning of this journey. One fact was drummed into me right away. Keep ALL the silver (or gold) scraps. As the cost of gold and silver skyrocketed, these tiny components all had value. I started collecting all my scraps, including the silver dust that accumulated when doing extensive filing. One day, I had a brainstorm.
What would happen if I melted all these components onto a metal background? I was curious to see how it would turn out. So began this process I eventually copyrighted as Sprinkled Silver.
The possibilities are endless.
My favorite part of the process is not knowing exactly how the components will melt.
I can make an attempt to have them form an image, but ultimately the fire makes the final decision.