Recently, on a video, someone commented inquiring why I "waste all my time" on copper. Now, those of you who've followed my blog for a hot minute may know exactly why I turn to copper. But some new to my work and my site may be surprised at the multitude of reasons I have at the ready. Let's discuss a few of them!
"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." Junichiro Tanizaki
This discoloration should not be confused with an allergic reaction, which is rare, and more likely to occur from ingestion than surface contact. However, if you suspect an allergic reaction, please contact a health care provider.
And, while copper jewelry does require more care than it's silver counterparts, and certainly more than gold jewelry, it's very easy to maintain. A simple, quick bath in a bit of Worcestershire Sauce (yes, you read that right), or a quick brush with a super fine steel wool pad (affordable and easily available at any hardware store) is all that's needed to maintain a beautiful finish. If worn frequently, an occasional gentle scrubbing with dish liquid beneath lukewarm water will keep your copper jewelry clean and fresh. Just dry thoroughly and store in a sealed container when not worn to slow the oxidation process.
And that's it! You can enjoy the warm, earthy tones of copper, even enjoy its metaphysical healing properties (which you can read more about here), without a concern for it's "worth". Beauty and worth is, after all, in the eye of the beholder.
Yes, I'm one of those people, sickeningly prepared for the holidays, with my gift shopping finished by Halloween and wrapped by Thanksgiving, and my cards in the mail by December 1st. This year, however..... this year has been.... challenging, and nothing is done!
But you know what? That's okay. I think it's fair to say many of us have had struggles this year, and expecting of ourselves more than our bodies and spirits can manage is an unfair burden. We can all allow ourselves time to heal. Heal our grief. Heal our bodies. Create for ourselves an atmosphere that is forgiving and comforting, in which time is a friend and tomorrow is a promise. I'm working towards seeing each tomorrow as that promise. It's not always easy, but it's always possible, right?
And yes, I'm gathering my energy for the busy weeks ahead, in which we all seem to scramble for some control, when our patience is stretched thin and our wallets thin as well. But, also.... yes, I'm looking forward to those beautiful days when I can surround myself with family and friends and curl up inside the building of memories.
So, though I've been quiet and distracted of late, my focus is pulling back to center and I've got plans. All kinds of plans. I hope you'll stick around to see them.
"Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch."
- Evelyn Glennie
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