Jewelry Care


Where do you source the materials from for your paper beads?

The majority of my paper beads are created from my hand made papers and/or pulp. My hand made papers are created with recycled materials as well as various plants, vegetables, fruit, spices & herbs to name a few.

My Artist paper beads are created from sheets of Artist quality paper that I hand paint designs onto and then create into my Artist Paper beads.

Are your beads water resistant and/or water proof?

All paper beads receive several coats of durable gloss glaze making them water-resistant. From time-to-time, paper beads may be coated in resin making them water-proof.

As with all my beads, with the proper handling and care they will last many many years. Do not immerse paper beads in water or wear swimming, or, in the shower, sauna, hot tub, pool, torrential rain to name a few.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry.
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight. 
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils / water sources. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines as they may separate the resin layer from the paper layer. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment.
What is Polymer Clay?

Aside from this material being an exceptional versatile medium, essentially Polymer
Clay consists of tiny polyvinyl chloride particles suspended in plasticizers and mixed with various pigments. As its name suggests, polymer clay behaves a lot like natural clay – namely, it is pliable in its raw form and hardens when cured.

What brand of Polymer Clay do you use?

I exclusively use Premo branded Polymer Clay for creating beads and pendants. It's a wonderful material with practically endless possibilities. It’s lightweight, fade resistant, and waterproof!

Polymer clay pieces can last many years with the proper care and handling. However, polymer clay can be very fragile when mistreated. Once cured, there is some flexibility to the clay itself.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry. 
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight. 
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines as they may separate the resin layer from the polymer clay layer. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment. 
  • To clean polymer clay pieces, simply wipe with a bath of warm water and a lint free cloth. To restore sheen, buff gently with a soft cotton cloth or fleece.
I use Art Resin on all of my mixed media pieces due in part to its friendly low VOC nature while I am pouring and while it's curing and its crystal clear finish once cured.

Resin finishes will last many years with the proper care and handling.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.
 
  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry. 
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight. 
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines as they may separate the resin layer from the polymer clay layer. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment. 
  • To restore sheen, buff gently with a soft cotton cloth or fleece.
Why choose Stainless Steel?

I chose stainless steel for its appeal as well as its properties. It’s an excellent alternative for wearers with allergies and/or sensitivities to base metals such as copper or brass and won’t fade or chip over time.

Stainless steel has excellent strength properties in that it retains its shape and wear longer than those created out of carbon steel and softer base metals. It’s also resistant to rust, oxidation and discoloration and comes in an attractive muted grey color (much akin to a vintage pewter) with either a shiny or matte finish – a perfect compliment to my hand made papers and polymer clay.

Stainless steel jewelry is made of a steel alloy that contains chromium. The chromium creates a very thin chromium-oxide layer on the surface of the metal which prevents it from rusting.

Other metals are added to the alloy to give the steel other properties, such as strength and malleability. Nickel is added to strengthen the protective oxide layer, however in smaller quantities than 316L.

304 stainless steel is the most popular grade of stainless steel. It is 18-20% chromium, 8-10.5% nickel, 0.08% carbon, plus iron and the trace elements listed above and is a popular choice for Jewelry.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:
 
As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • Pour some warm water in a small bowl and add some mild dish washing soap. 
  • Dip a soft, lint-free cloth in the soapy water then gently wipe the stainless steel jewelry with the damp cloth until the piece is clean. 
  • When cleaning it, rub the item along its polish lines. 
  • Rinse the remaining soap off your stainless steel jewelry. 
  • Dry the jewelry well with a clean towel and then leave your pieces to air dry.
From time to time, although very limited, I may use base metals in the creation of my jewelry designs and as such they will be lead and nickel free.  To clean designs consisting of base metals, simply rub with a soft cloth to remove any tarnishing. Factors such as weather (humidity) and skin type will play a large part in how your skin/environment reacts with these metals.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.
 
  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry. 
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight.
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine, salt or humid conditions. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment. 
  • To remove any tarnish / darkening of the metal or, to restore sheen, buff gently with a soft cotton cloth or fleece.
(Leather / Hemp / T-shirt stringing materials)

For non-metal stringing care, they are fairly easy to care for while still taking into consideration guidelines with caring for your Jewelry.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • If leather becomes wet, air dry flat on a towel in a shady area. 
  • It is not recommended to wash leather stringing materials. 
  • Hemp and T-shirt cord, if become soiled/scented... can be gently spot cleaned with mild soapy water and left to dry flat on a towel in a shady area.   
  • If the design consists of paper beads, please ensure that you do not submerge the entire jewelry design. Please refer to caring for Paper beads.
  • If your design consists of ALL polymer clay beads (no paper beads), and is strung on up-cycled t-shirt cord, you can submerge briefly, or, spot clean the area.
  • Do not scrub or rub vigorously stringing material together as doing so may distort or stretch the stringing material.