Handmade Prom Jewelry
For me the best part about prom was getting to make the jewelry to match my dress. This is my junior prom. I was 16 and had just learned how to make wire wrapped earrings so I went crazy and made these ridiculous shoulder dusters!
I love how personal handmade jewelry is when it comes to special life events like prom. I'm glad I'll have these pieces to remember that time in my life especially since I'm obviously not so photogenic! I've learned a little more about beading since then (nearly 10 years ago!) So here's some of my pieces that I think would be prom-suitable today.
How to Clean Your Tarnished Jewelry
I've been cleaning up some of my pieces to take to a small show tomorrow, so I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how I clean my jewelry!
I like to use materials in my work that will last, but even quality materials need to be cleaned every so often to keep them looking their best! Raw brass, copper and sterling silver are great quality alternatives to the mega expensive stuff and it all polishes up so nicely. Here’s what I use to clean my jewelry.
Sunshine Polishing Cloth: $6.75 on Amazon
I include a mini Sunshine cloth with all of my sterling and raw brass pieces. We’ve been selling this at the bead shop for years! It’s great for a quick fix and for cleaning pieces with gemstones or parts that can’t come in contact with a cleaning solution. It’s super easy and quick to use which is what I’m all about! You can use it on silver, brass, copper and gold.
Brasso: $6.53 on Amazon
If you need a deeper clean, you’ll need to use a metal polish. This stuff is a little stinky, but you’ll have a hard time finding any jewelry cleaner that isn’t. Squirt a little bit onto a rag and rub it on the jewelry. For chains, I usually pinch the chain between the cloth and pull it through to cover the whole surface. Then you’ll want to rub it with a clean area of the cloth. To finish it off I usually will rub it with the sunshine cloth. You can also use this stuff on copper, stainless, pewter and bronze.
Tarn-X: $10.45 on Amazon
I usually just use the Sunshine cloth for my sterling silver, but have also used Tarn-X Silver polish. Once again rub it on with a cloth, and then let it sit for about a minute. Then you’ll want to rinse it with water and then try it with a clean cloth.
Weimar Silver Wipes: $6.25 on Amazon
I haven’t tried these yet, but in terms of convince these look pretty great and worth a try.
There are lots of ways to clean your jewelry naturally, although I haven’t tried any of these methods out yet. In case you’re interested in a more natural approach, you can check out these articles:
How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home - SheKnows.com
How to Clean Silver Jewelry the Natural Way - TheGreenists.com
Homemade Jewelry Cleaner - DIYNatural.com
Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!