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Thursday
Jul262018

The Non-Toxic Way to Clean Your Silver Jewellery

Many factors affect how fast your silver jewellery will tarnish, and unless you're wearing argentium silver (this should be another blog post), chances are you have beautiful pieces of jewellery seating in a drawer waiting to see shinier days. Today though, Melanie (our awesome Gallery Assistant in Calgary) is sharing a very effective, non-toxic way to get through this task. 

The best part about this method? You can do it right at home with very (very!) simple ingredients.

This method is specially great for: medium-heavy tarnish or items that can’t be cleaned with a polishing cloth ie. chains, heavily textured/intricate pieces, etc. This method will also save your life if you have lots of items to clean at once - So, let's begin! 

*** Important note: Do not use for pearls, opals or other porous stones. 

What you'll need:
         -Heat proof bowl (pyrex is a always a good choice)
         -Sheet of aluminum foil doubled over
         -Baking powder or salt
         -A spoon for stirring
         -Water

Steps:
1.    Start by boiling the water. You'll need to wait 5 minutes after it boils. 
2.    While you wait for the water to boil, line the bowl with the foil -remember to have a double layer. 
2.    Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of baking soda or salt.
3.    Add water, enough to fill the bowl. Stir to dissolve.
4.    Add jewellery - let it soak for 10 to 15 min.
        
 ***The science behind it: Aluminum has a stronger attraction to silver sulfide (tarnish) than silver itself. When aluminum is placed in an electrolyte solution and it comes into contact with the silver, a small electric current is produced, transferring the sulfur atoms (the tarnish) from the silver to the aluminum, leaving your silver sparkling clean! 

5.     Check your jewellery.  Is it still tarnished? Leave soaking for another 5 min.
        If tarnish remains, repeat process with fresh solution.
6.     Remove pieces. Rinse well under running water.
7.     Dry thoroughly with a soft, lint-free cloth.
8.     The best step - Wear and enjoy your tarnish free, good-as-new silver jewellery!

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Melanie Archer is our Gallery Assistant at the Alberta Craft Gallery - Calgary. She is also a goldsmith and designer. She graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015 and she currently shares her passion for fine craft with the Alberta Craft Gallery while continuing to work at ACC Professional Member Shona Rae’s Blackboard Gallery.

Jewellery: Milt Fischbein (Calgary, AB) and Soma Mo (Edmonton, AB) Photos: Corinne Cowell. 

Wednesday
Sep272017

First Edition of Gifted


Gifted is an annual collection of Edmonton Made products that makes it easy to shop local, whether you are an Edmonton resident, visitor, or business. ACC Members featured include Matt Heide (Concrete Cat) and Terry Hildebrand. Alberta Craft Gallery - Edmonton is a featured retailer.

Find out more here.

Wednesday
Sep272017

Tyler Rock Participating in Hot Matter Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: September 28 - November 25, 2017
Location: La Guilde, Montreal, QC

HOT MATTER | MATIÈRE INCANDESCENTE is a collective exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary Canadian glass artists. Above and beyond each artist’s exceptional skill and creative process, this more than necessary exhibition will underline the artists’ work which goes far beyond the usual functionality of the object. Exhibition includes work by ACC Professional Member Tyler Rock.

Find out more here.

Wednesday
Sep272017

Christine Pedersen Featured in Narrative Jewelry Tales From The Toolbox

ACC professional member Christine Pedersen has one of her ReFind jewellery collection pieces featured in the book: Pull necklace is made from the plastic seals, or pulls, found inside soy milk and juice cartons. Components were cast in bronze and linked together.

Narrative Jewelry Tales From The Toolbox
will be released on October 28, 2017.

Find out more here.

Wednesday
Sep272017

Jane Kidd Exhibition at Kelowna Art Gallery

Exhibition Dates: September 30 - January 14, 2018
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna, BC

In Curious, Jane Kidd explores the human/nature relationship through woven tapestry. The included works from her Curiosities and Wonderland series draw attention to pertinent contemporary issues, such as genetically modified and engineered organisms and the destruction of the environment.

Find out more here.

Wednesday
Sep062017

Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock Featured in Where Magazine

Public art piece Transect by Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock is featured in the September/October 2017 issue of Where Edmonton magazine.

Find out more here.

Wednesday
Sep062017

Leah Gravells Juried Into Three American Quilt Weeks

Flax Fields by Leah Gravells has been juried into three consecutive American Quilter’s Society Quilt Weeks: Grand Rapids, Michigan (August 16-19, 2017), Fall Paducah, Kentucky (September 13-16, 2017) and Des Moines, Iowa (October 4-7, 2017).

Find out more here.