Copper is one of the essential minerals needed in the body, since it facilitates activity of some enzymes. Copper bracelets have been worn for many years not only for beauty purposes, but also for medicinal benefits. Bracelets made of copper have no side effects, unless you have an allergy to copper. Copper bracelets can be in form of copper magnetic bracelets, copper wristbands or copper wrist bracelets.
Magnetic Copper Bracelets
Copper Fold Formed Bangle Bracelet
Copper magnetic bracelets have been used for decades with belief that, they have natural ability to conduct heat and contribute to the conduction of healing energies. When magnets and copper work together, they produce a therapeutic effect. Ideally, the electrical and thermal conductive activities of copper, produce the same effect as when heat is applied on an affected body part. For this reason, copper bracelets have been worn by people suffering from arthritis to relief pain around ankles and wrists. This has contributed to copper bracelets being among the most purchased bracelets all over the world.
Lacquered Copper Bracelets
For many years, manufactures and dealers of copper bracelets have sealed these bracelets to prevent them from oxidation. Bracelets made of copper remain tarnish free when worn occasionally. However, as the bracelet gets old, it may lack a protective finish or even have some spots where lacquer has eroded. Generally, dull look on the surface means that the bracelet is lacquered although it is still in good condition. If you notice some spots of corrosion rising to the surface, then the bracelet is most likely not have been sealed. If the bracelet looks more like copper plating, in areas where flecks have fallen away, that means that the lacquer is merely peeling.
Copper Bracelet Care Tips
Fold Formed Copper Bangle Bracelet with Brazilian Fire Agate Focal Cabochon
Copper bracelets should be cleaned according to the finish and condition. Cleaning can be done using common household cleaning products. However, if your copper bracelet contains some gemstones in its design, then you should carefully avoid touching the gemstones since they may react to some household cleaning products. To clean a copper bracelet, you can either use ketchup or lemon juice. When cleaning using lemon juice you should pour a cup of the juice into a clean jar and then add a tablespoon of table salt. Dissolve the salt by swishing the liquid around and then place the bracelet in the jar and tighten the lid. Swish the juice around for about 2 to 5 minutes to ensure that the liquid has ample time to work on the bracelet. Remove your copper bracelet and rinse it well in warm water. Finally rub the bracelet with baking soda, so as to neutralize acids from the lemon juice, that may corrode the bracelet.
To clean a copper bracelet using ketchup, you should pour a small amount of ketchup onto a new toothbrush. Scrub the bracelet well with the ketchup, adding more ketchup to the toothbrush if necessary. Then, rinse the bracelet thoroughly making sure that all traces of ketchup are removed. The bracelet is then dried using a soft, clean cloth; buffing the cloth slightly so as to bring out the shine. Copper bracelets with moderate tarnish can be cleaned using baking soda solution. The solution is prepared by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda into 32 ounces of boiling water. The bracelet is dipped into simmering water for 10 minutes, then removed and wiped briskly with a soft cloth before rinsing. Commercial copper cleansers are used to clean bracelets with severe tarnish.
Copper Bracelet Repair
Corrugated Copper Cuff Bracelet
Just like any other type of bracelet, copper bracelets are prone to breakages due to their delicate nature. However, you can repair your broken bracelet at home if you have the necessary tools. Repairing a broken copper bracelet involves soldering it, by melting the metal and then sanding it down. The bracelet is first placed in a vise clamp to hold it in position, and to prevent it from moving when fixing it. If the bracelet is split into two, just clamp one part. Using a brush, dab some flux on the area to be soldered or in the case of two split parts apply the flux of the broken ends. Then, you should fire the copper bracelet using a butane torch on the broken part, passing the flame over the broken ends for several seconds until the metal starts to melt.
If it’s a crack that you intend to fill, hold the flame for a few seconds only. Solder is then dabbed on the part to be fixed, until it melts and fills the crack. In case of split bracelet, heat the solder with butane torch while pressing the other part into the one held by the vise. You should use a needle nosed pliers to hold the part in place. The flame is then turned off, while you continue holding the parts in place using the pliers. Continue holding until the bracelet cools down before you let go. After cooling down completely, sand it down using coarse sandpaper first, and then a finer sandpaper to produce a smooth and shiny look. Brush the fixed part using copper patina to cover any evidence of repair. This process can be hazardous and should be done with a lot of care. In case you are not sure of how to do this, you should take your copper bracelet to a jeweler for repair.
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