Thanks for the tips on rust remover, and phosporic acid- I’m going to
gather all unopened bottles of Coke in my pantry, and get to work. And I’m
switching to Fresca as soon as possible!! Do you think I’ll end up with
rust in my gut without the Coke???
I just went to an InterGem Show this weekend. Not only was it twice as
crowded as the last one three months ago, but everyone was buying pearls!
I think it’s a trend from the public’s interest in beads that’s been
thriving for the last few years, (from an "I can make it myself"attitude)
to a more expensive, dressy look from pearls. Hopefully, this will
progress to an attitude of wanting a look that only a professional jeweler
can provide! I was also surprised at how easy it is for non-professionals
to gain access to the wholesale section of this show, with fake ID. Also,
the suppliers inside don’t seem to be asking for resale info., knowingling
selling small amounts of jewelry, gems, findings, etc., to hobbyists and
bargain hunters, right in front of the merchants they might have been from
down the street! Any comments? Ruth