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Cleaning and Storage of Silver Jewelry

Cleaning and Storage of Silver Jewelry

Ozidization or tarnish occurs on your silver jewelry when sulphur compounds in the atmosphere chemically react to the silver. Tarnishing can be avoided when you properly store your silver. When you put your silver jewerly away add a silica gel pack (that often comes in shoe boxes) or caulk to absorb moisture. (Not a good idea to store your jewelry in a bathroom) You can buy bags made with silver cloth embedded with thousands of fine silver particles, which absorbs tarnish producing gases before they reach the silver. A less convenient way to store, is wrap the silver in acid free tissue...

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Anatomy of a Mattress

Anatomy of a Mattress

My artist statement is below. Our consumer throwaway culture and the resulting disconnection with the supply chain are factors that influence my sculpture. By highlighting the materials in a mattress, in most cases bound for a landfill, I invite the viewer to assess all products and materials used in the interior design field. The process of design does not generally take into account valuable existing materials, or incorporate them into the new environment. Deconstructing the mattress and using these components to construct something new, is symbolic of the potential use of all consumer goods that go into waste streams. It is...

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Art And Cultural Appropriation

Art And Cultural Appropriation

I have borrowed and copied the corporate symbol for Chanel and integrated it with the form of a button blanket. In so doing, I have attempted to draw attention to corporations and their influence on indigenous peoples history and future.  More pictures under Studio Work... click title to read more

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Washing and Storage of Wool Blankets

Washing and Storage of Wool Blankets

Hand shake your blanket regularly and hang to ventilate. Spot clean using 1/3 vinegar 2/3 water Fill a washing machine with warm water and add a very small amount of mild wool safe or Castile soap(if it suds you are using too much soap). Wash on the short delicate cycle, rinse on cold setting then hang to air dry out of direct sun. A gentler alternative is to bathe your blanket in a sink of warm water with a scant amount of wool safe soap. Soaking allows the dirt to come out on its own. Do not scrub or agitate,...

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Being Frugal

Being Frugal

  I inherited the "avoiding unncessary waste" part of being frugal from my father who grew up at a time when there were little resources so out of necessity did not waste. To be called frugal was not always a compliment as it was associated with being skimpy and cheap.  Frugality encompasses the reduction of waste, cutting costly habits while seeking efficiency and avoiding the trap of manipulative advertising.  The new Frugal may contribute to health by leading people to avoid products that are expensive and in some cases unhealthy.      

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