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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Love Copper

Copper is wonderful. It's fun to work with, affordable, can be recycled or reclaimed, and has a variety of nice patinas to make it unique.

I came across a website today called "I Love Copper."

Here is some information on copper that is posted on the site that I want to share with everyone:

Will Copper Turn My Skin Green?

Will Copper Turn My Wrist Turn Green

Benefits of Wearing Copper 
The use of copper for medicinal purposes is found throughout recorded history. 
The world's oldest medical texts, the Eber Papyrus, states, "Treat inflammation 
with pulverized copper". Today, thousands of years later, pharmacies 
around the world offer copper bracelets as a safe first aid for joint pains.
"Copper, when in contact with the skin, forms chelates with human sweat 
(sometimes seen as green deposits) and is thus absorbed through skin." 
"Copper chelates are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used 
to treat arthritis."
Green wrist occurances vary depending on the body chemistry of the wearer and, if desired, are easily washed off. Many expect an occassional green mark to show that the copper "is working". Copper combines with sweat, and forms compounds called chelates which are assimilated by the body. Green deposits occur when chelates are formed faster then they are absorbed. This phenomenon increases with stress and it can be intrepreted as an early warning 
to slow down.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Pieces to get me Out of my Slump (Part 2)

Here is my newest pendant, suspended on a raw copper chain with a hand forged hook and eye clasp. The labradorite is grade A, and when the light hits it just so it GLOWS with the deepest blue. This statement piece is huge with thick gauge copper mixed with thin intricate weave. If you're interested in owning this one of a kind creation send me a message. The stone by itself is worth quite a bit, so serious inquiries only. Send me a message if anything you see strikes your fancy. 

New Pieces to get me Out of my Slump (part 1)

It's been a long time since I've been able to get time away from kids and everyday stuff, but last week I was able to get downstairs to my "studio."  I think what I like the most about this piece is the stone. This labradorite has so many colors within. Blues, reds, golds, even purples. The wire work has a lot of dimension that is just impossible to capture with my phone's camera. I took a hundred pictures just trying to capture that, but I just couldn't figure it out. It might be one of those things that someone will have to see in person to really appreciate, or just take my word for it... if you're interested in ordering anything you see posted on my blog send me a message.