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How To Wear A Cuff Bracelet – Maintaining It’s Shape and Form

How To Wear A Cuff Bracelet – Maintaining It’s Shape and Form

To maintain the shape of your cuff it’s important that you are putting it on and take it off correctly. A cuff bracelet does not close completely and is typically worn low on the wrist instead of pushed up on the forearm like a bangle. […]

February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day

February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day

February 20th is National Love your Pet Day.  Gallup poll reports that 60% of Americans are pet owners.  It’s not often that we find a companion that  will listen to our complaints, great us with joy after a long day of work and always love […]

Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry :  A Guide For Giving It a Facelift

Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry : A Guide For Giving It a Facelift

As mentioned in my previous post, the best way to clean aluminum jewelry is with soap and water (Dawn dishwashing soap being my favorite). With a little wash down and a good polishing rub from a clean towel, your piece will shine like new.

As these aluminum cuffs are worn, especially if you are active, or if you swim or bathe while wearing them, the black on the lettering may dull or wear off. 

The easiest and most effective way to make them stand out again is with a black sharpie pen…yes as sharpen pen.

This technique will work on any type of metal: silver, copper, brass, sterling.  And is especially great for hand stamped rings as they have frequent exposure to soap and water.

Follow the directions below and your rings, bracelets and necklaces can quickly and easily be restore a to a like new condition.

Darken your text with a black Sharpie marker
Step 1:
Make sure your piece is dry. Take a fine point black Sharpie pen and color in the lettering. Work in small sections, as the sharpie will dry quickly, wiping away any excess marker as you go. Paper towels will work in a pinch, but I actually find that tissues that are coated with lotion work the best. If the ink is immediately wiped away the tissues will actually remove most of the ink.
Refresh your hand stamped jewelry.
Step 2:
After all of your letters have been coated and your piece has been wiped as clean as possible , take a jewelry polishing cloth and polish away any marker that is left behind. My favorite way to clean and touch up pieces are with pretreated Pro Polishing Pads. They remove tarnish from brass, copper, and sterling silver and are perfect for hand-polishing. I’ve found they are the best way to brighten and restore your jewelry at home.

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Aluminum Jewelry: Maintaining That Upscale Look

Aluminum Jewelry: Maintaining That Upscale Look

Aluminum jewelry has been gaining in popularity over the past few years, with jewelers as well as consumers. A large portion of my business is taking a customers’ idea or motivation and translating it into a hand stamped piece of jewelry. More often that not, […]

Master Bath Shenanigans

Master Bath Shenanigans

When I first purchased the Lake house it only had two bathrooms.  The bath that was located on the main floor connected the master bedroom to the kitchen?!  Say what?? Yes, (not a typo) …the kitchen. Over the lifespan of  this home, several additions were […]

It’s time for a time out

It’s time for a time out

Everyone needs a break once in awhile.  Sitting on the beach would be ideal, but a nice couch nap might just do the trick 🙂

Happy Friday!

Transformation is harder than you think!

Transformation is harder than you think!

Not knowing what I was getting myself into I thought a few gallons of paint and a nice couch or two would transform this ugly duckling,  but this house was like a beautiful Monet watercolor.  Gazing from afar, your eyes reveal an exquisite landscape of […]


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