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How to clean jewelry May 22 2015
Caring for and cleaning jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, but it is important that you do so carefully to prevent damage and possibly help to ensure a longer life. Well cared for jewelry will stand the test of time and have a much nicer appearance than jewelry that is generally left to collect dust and grime without being cleaned. The exact technique you use to clean and care for your jewelry will depend on the item itself.
Regardless of the type of jewelry you should obviously try to prevent it from being scratched, knocked or banged. Even if damage doesn't appear visible immediately, knocking jewelry can often lead to unseen damage. Over time this damage will build up or progressively worsen until your jewelry becomes irreparable.
Should your jewelry suffer any damage you should have it seen to as soon as possible. Take it your local jewelers and ask their opinion. In most cases they will either be able to fix it themselves or send it away to be repaired properly. Super gluing any piece of jewelry yourself is a bad idea.
Many chemicals can damage jewelry and you should stay away from chemicals in general. In particular, cleaning fluids, chlorine and bromine can have a detrimental effect on some jewelry. Take off any rings or other items and leave them somewhere safe until you're finished. Direct sunlight and extreme hot or cold conditions can also weaken the metal or jewel.
Use a jewelry cleaning cloth on metal jewelry and clean regularly using soapy water but ensure that you rinse it off thoroughly when you've finished cleaning. Use a very mild cloth to dab it dry and don't rub it too vigorously. You should also take care when storing jewelry. If you don't intend to wear it or show it for some time then place it in an airtight bag away from heating or particularly cold areas. These simple maintenance tips should ensure the integrity of your jewelry for many years.
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Photographing farm jewelry September 23 2014
This blog post is written by Cow Art and More founder and jewelry artist, Kathy Swift.
Full disclosure: I am not a photographer. I barely know enough to be dangerous.
This is a picture of my setup. I put my 'smarter than me' camera on a mini tripod, which comes up to my knees. I put the charm on a box, with some scenery to get the picture. (The charm may be hard to see, but it's at the end of the yellow arrow.)
In this photography session from a couple of weeks ago, I wanted something very 'farmish' and natural as the background. I decided some pretty, green hay was in order.
The problem with wanting pretty, green hay in Florida is that WE DON'T HAVE ANY! The stuff we feed here, quite frankly, are mini tree trunks and it's never pretty. It's that stemmy, ugly stuff that you have hiding in the back of your barn that you will use to bed with this winter.
So I tasked dear hubby with finding me some pretty hay.
Two hours later, he walked in with this:
Yes, it's a bag of Western timothy hay he got from one of those large scale pet stores. As you can see, it's meant for rodents and rabbits and such. What's the price for a bag of hay this pretty you ask? Why it was only $6 for the one pound bag. Not bad, until you start thinking about it in farming terms and realize it's $12,000 a ton.
Maybe I'm in the wrong business.
Nonetheless, I think it was worth it.
You can find Kathy and her jewelry charms at the World Dairy Expo, September 30 through October 4, 2014, Madison, Wisconsin.
Cow Art and More to exhibit at the 2014 World Dairy Expo August 29 2014
Cow Art and More, the art gallery where 'art and agriculture' meet, will once again attend the World Dairy Expo. This year's exposition, held yearly in Madison, Wisconsin, will be September 30 to October 4. Gallery owner and jewelry artist Kathy Swift is excited to announce a new booth location in the exhibition hall. "We are excited to be in the Exhibition Hall this year with other arts and crafts vendors," says Swift. "While being the coliseum has always meant being closer to the cattle shows, we're looking forward to being with other exhibits similar to ours." Cow Art and More will have an array of art and craft at booth 6303 in the exhibition hall.
Find out more about the Expo at www.worlddairyexpo.com
Choosing Jewelry - Which style is most flattering for you? August 15 2014The right choice of jewelry can make you feel like a dazzling superstar, even as you do your daily errands. It can enhance your best features, while drawing attention away from others.
Here's an easy guide for selecting the jewelry style that is most flattering for your face and body type.
How would you describe the shape of your face? Is it round, oval, rectangular, heart-shaped, or square?
If you have an oval face shape, you can wear just about any style of earring. Everyone else needs to look for earrings that create a contrast with their face shape. If you have a round face, for example, don't go for a round-style button earring or a hoop earring because this style will actually emphasize the roundness of your face. You will probably find that a rectangular or square earring looks more flattering on you.
If you have a long or rectangular face, you'll typically want to opt for studs instead of long, dangling earrings.
If you have a square face, try hoop earrings or round styles to soften the lines of your face.
If your face is heart-shaped, you probably have a fairly narrow chin, so be on the lookout for triangular earring shapes that feature a wide base to balance the shape of your face.
Your choice of necklace can minimize or emphasize the size of your frame, depending on the desired effect.
If you are larger in stature, you can wear larger pieces. People with smaller frames need to be careful that chunky pieces don't overwhelm their frame and their look.
If you wish to create a taller appearance (or emphasize your tall stature), select a longer necklace and a V-shape. A jewelry piece that goes past your bustline (but ends above your waist) will create an elongated appearance. A shorter, U-shaped style that sits on the breast bone (such as a choker), tends to lead to a shortened appearance.
As with necklaces, your stature will determine your best look with bracelets. If you have an average height and weight, a wide bracelet may be most complimentary.
If you are petite, on the other hand, you will probably want to stick with more delicate pieces. If you are tall or full-figured, you will want to go with something a bit more bold. You can also pull off the look of layering bracelets of various sizes and shapes.
The rule of thumb here: if your fingers are short, try an oval setting. If your fingers are long, try a wide band with a round, simple setting.
Anything You Love
These guidelines are here to help steer you toward jewelry that compliments your face and body type, but the most important thing when selecting jewelry is to find something that you personally love.
When you purchase a quality piece of jewelry, it will last a lifetime, so take your time in considering your selection to make sure it is exactly right for you.
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