How to remove tarnish from sterling silver

 

We compared a couple of different methods of removing tarnish from sterling silver, to show you which we like, and why.

The simplest solution we’ve found is the little yellow polish cloths we offer in our store. The cloths are treated to remove tarnish, and are a great little option to keep in your jewelry box. A bit of pressure and the tarnish comes off fairly easily. You can find the polish cloths here:

Sunshine Polishing Cloth

To show you how well the cloth works, we used it on a pair of badly tarnished earrings.  Before:

 

We used the yellow polish cloth to polish one of the large links:

And after a bit of polishing.  A bit more time spent would have removed more of the tarnish.

The other option is a sterling silver dip like the one we show in the video. That dip is available at Walmart and other big box stores. It is very fast-acting, but you must be careful with it as it can remove the darkening of the letters on your jewelry as well. Yes, it’s great to get tarnish out of the crevices where you can’t reach with a jewelry cloth, but you also want to leave the darkening inside the letters instead of removing it. This is faster and less effort than using a cloth, though, and it’s the best method we’ve found so far to brighten a tarnished chain.

We dipped a badly tarnished layered necklace in the video below.  The sterling silver layer was pretty black.  This picture shows how the necklace looked right after it was made, compared to how badly it tarnished over time.

 

Here’s how the necklace looked after a quick dip into silver cleaner.  A bit more time in the silver dip, some gentle scrubbing, and a polish cloth would finish this necklace up nicely.

Basically it all depends on what item the tarnish is on, and what is easiest for you. We like both methods for different projects, and we use both regularly in our shop.

The best weapon against tarnish is actually to keep your jewelry stored in an airtight bag when you’re not using it.  I stored a lot of my jewelry hanging on the wall next to my bathroom door.  You can see the results of that by looking at the earrings above.  Now I store my necklaces in small zip bags in my jewelry box, one necklace per bag.  It works much better.

 

 

An Update with you in mind

Hey everyone!  We’ve made some changes to our website, to make it easier for you to use.

Everything you need to choose about your jewelry is now in one place on the item pages.  You can upload images, choose chain length, as well as select back side engraving (if applicable, of course).  We wanted to make sure hopeofmyheart.com is as easy to use as we could possibly make it.  Etsy doesn’t give us the ability to make image upload boxes, but we can do it on our own website, and we’re pretty excited to be able to offer it.

We also added a few more options to some necklaces, like the option to add additional pendants.  Hope you like it!

Our newest fingerprint necklace

Yesterday we shipped out a special request. I have a lot of pieces that I truly love making, but I have to say this one was special. I LOVE how it turned out.

I’m wanting to make this in sterling silver and yellow gold fill eventually as well. Isn’t it beautiful?

 

Teardrop Fingerprint Necklace Rose Gold

Does Real Sterling Silver Tarnish?

Tarnished Jewelry

Did you know that real .925 sterling silver can tarnish?  It does.

Sterling silver is actually a mix of metals (also called an alloy).  Pure silver by itself is very soft.  It doesn’t tarnish for the most part, but is too soft for most everyday use.  Because of this, pure silver is alloyed with another metal to create sterling silver.  That other metal is often copper.

Copper does tarnish, and does so easily.  As a result, sterling silver tarnishes because of the copper content.  How quickly depends on the environment and how the wearer’s skin reacts to certain metals.

Some areas with more humidity may see sterling silver tarnish quickly, while it might be slower to turn black in drier climates.

Although you can wear your jewelry swimming or in the shower, the soaps and lotions can cause your jewelry to tarnish faster and lose its shine.  We recommend always removing your jewelry before swimming or showering.

The picture above is a great example of how sterling silver and gold fill look over time if not cared for.  This necklace was just thrown in a jewelry box and forgotten, and the silver tarnished badly.  The gold fill layers also have a film on them, but they’re not tarnished as much as the sterling silver layer.

The best way to prevent tarnish is to store your jewelry in a zip top bag while not wearing it.  Wipe it with a soft cloth after removing it for the day, place it in the bag, and seal it to keep the tarnish away longer.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Take Fingerprints for Fingerprint Jewelry

Here’s a really easy way to take your fingerprints at home.  All you need is a pencil, some white paper, and clear tape.  This is a fantastic way to get the fingerprints you need for our fingerprint jewelry.

It’s best to use a sheet of plain white paper, with no lines on it.  With the pencil (a regular graphite pencil works well), color in an area about an inch across.  Keep the lines nice and close together so that there is a lot of lead on the paper.

Rub your finger on the pencil marks so that the graphite transfers to your finger.  For a good print, make sure a good portion of your finger is covered.

Next, take a piece of clear tape and press it onto your finger.

Peel the tape off carefully, and place it onto the paper.  You should be able to see the fingerprint lines clearly.

Take a clear, well lit photo of the fingerprint.  Make sure there are no shadows on the page and that the print is clear.

You can upload the fingerprint image when adding the item to your cart here on our site.  Do not crop or edit the image – just send us the original photo you took of the fingerprint.

Once we receive your order and your fingerprint image, we do the rest.

You can view our entire Fingerprint Collection here.

Fingerprint NecklacesFingerprint Necklace

Steel Fingerprint Necklace

Actual Fingerprint Heart Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Toppers

Since our laser arrived, we’ve been making new items beyond jewelry. We had this cake topper professionally photographed and just got the pictures back a few days ago. Isn’t it beautiful?

We’ll be sending these in to Amazon so they’ll be available for Prime Shipping. I’m really excited about them.

Fight

Fight Rose Gold Bracelet

Testing out this little rose bracelet today. We just got the supplies in a few days ago, and they are beautiful.

Why I chose the word fight:
This one little word is my reminder to always stay vigilant in prayer. Nobody knows my family and each member’s struggles like my husband and I do….and no other person has a burden to pray for them like I should have. This is a simple reminder to pray without ceasing.

My stamping is a little more crooked than normal on it because Little Miss 8 month old is sick for the first time and just wanted her mama. I stamped it with her in my arms. 💕 It’s not perfect, but it’s still a great reminder to always pray for my family.

Beautiful In His Sight

Beautiful in His Sight

You are beautiful.

Yes, you.  You are beautiful.

No, it doesn’t matter what objections you have, you are beautiful, just the way you are.
Just the way God created you.

We’re created in His image, and we are all beautiful in His sight.  Every one of us.

Psalm 139:14 says:

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Fearfully and wonderfully made.

If we really are fearfully and wonderfully made, why do we grimace when we look in the mirror?  Why do we look at ourselves and pick our appearance apart?  Why do we hate the way we look SO much?
It doesn’t matter what we look like.  Whether we’re tall or short, blonde or brunette, skinny or curvy girls.  Each of us is truly beautiful in God’s eyes.

So we decided to make shirts that celebrate that beauty.  A reminder when we look in the mirror that God made us just the way He wanted us to be.