I have recently, happily, obtained the tools & materials for doing
dyed anodized aluminum from someone who no longer wants to do it.
I'm very excited about having this new way to add color to my work,
but I didn't realize how sensitive the aluminum would be to jewelry
cleaners, that basically it's "dirt" on the metal and that regular
jewelry cleaner will at least damage it, if not just clean it off.
So, if I put some of these parts next to silver, how do I maintain
clean silver? Is there some way to coat the aluminum so that it's at
least not AS senstive when I'm cleaning the silver next to it? Or do
I coat the silver so it doesn't get tarnished at least as quickly?
Or do I make sure that they are far enough apart that if the silver
is really needing a cleaning I can still clean it with a q-tip dipped
in cleaner? Or is there some other way (other than just not putting
the two metals in one piece together)? After doing some surfing, I've
seen mostly anodized pieces where that was the only metal in it, or
maybe an earring on a surgical steel wire or something, and then
some that were mixed with gf, and although that doesn't need cleaning
as often as sterling, it still could be a problem over time. I have,
however, also seen pieces with the anodized stuff right next to
bright and shiny sterling, and I'm just not sure how the care of
such things is handled. I'd like to be able to mix them, even having
them right next to each other if possible, but not at the expense of
the piece's care by the owner!
Designs by Lisa Gallagher