Created with fusion and solder rolling techniques.
Handmade Shibuichi copper, a Japanese copper alloy patinated through the niiro-eki processes and treated with Rokushō. 40% Silver, 60% copper.
As a jewelry artist, working intimately with copper was a game-changer for me. Combining my love for science with my natural affinity for understanding herbs and flora and their many uses, I formed wide ranges of homemade patinas and taught myself flame painting as well. In my research, I felt most drawn to the lovely Japanese coppers, and I knew that copper craftsmanship was my calling. To prepare myself, I shifted from copper electroforming to silversmithing, getting acquainted with the jeweler’s torch in combination with my soldering iron, before moving on to new processes such as layered mixed metals and forging billets. I am currently expanding my skills to encompass lapidary, inlays, etchings, and lamination.
These new pieces represent my journey as an artist, and the beginning of a new direction for Dopemystic.
Band: Copper, adjustable
All of my jewelry is sealed with a homemade lacquer to prevent tarnish and protect the skin
Rainbow Obsidian protects the over-sensitive against depression
Copper stimulates energy flow, enhances psychic abilities, and balances the energies of the sun and the moon.
CLEANING YOUR COPPER JEWELRY
Wet your copper jewelry piece with lemon juice, sprinkle with a bit of table salt then rub with either a soft cloth or your fingers until tarnish is gone. Rinse with water then dry thoroughly. To maintain a beautiful finish and protective coating after cleaning, you can apply a thin coat of car wax, let dry then buff with a soft cloth. The car wax is an excellent method of avoiding tarnish on silver and bronze as well.
Fill a small glass or plastic (don't use metal) cup with white vinegar, place your copper jewelry into the glass of vinegar making sure the vinegar covers the jewelry. You can add a sprinkle of salt to the vinegar if you'd like. Walk away for several minutes. After several minutes remove your copper jewelry from the cup, rinse with cold water, dry your jewelry with a soft cloth. You may then apply a thin coat of car wax, let dry then buff with a soft cloth.
Using a commercial jewelry polishing cloth is a good way to keep your copper jewelry shiny and clean. If your copper jewelry has an added patina, avoid using the commercial polishing cloth as it may eventually rub the patina off the copper depending on how the patina was originally applied.
Commercial copper cleaner especially the powder types, aren't made for copper jewelry and may be abrasive leading to scratches in your jewelry.