Matte finishes are initially achieved in the studio using radial sanding brushes or 800/1500 grain sandpaper. We send out a little cut of 1500 grain sandpaper with any matte-finished purchase. This is especially useful with brass as it tarnishes more quickly (see below for why we don't plate or coat to protect against tarnish).
Another at-home trick for restoring the original matte finish is to make a paste using baking soda and water
High polish finishes can be restored using any kind of silver polish. We send you home with a little square of Sunshine Cloth-- a trusted and easy-to-use polishing method. If you'd like to get your own, the whole cloth is only about $3 and available at a number of online stores.
The only thing about hollow forms is not to submerge them in water or other liquid. They always have breathing holes (usually discretely placed) that are necessary for the soldering process and could take awhile to dry out.
STERLING SILVER + 14K YELLOW GOLD
I feel fortunate to work with a metal supplier that uses recycled material for their sterling silver and gold supply, which allows me to use recycled material for my work.
NO PLATING, NO COATINGS
We have chosen to always leave our metals with natural surfaces. The problem with plating or coating, although it can prevent tarnish for a time, is that eventually it wears off-- and usually not uniformly. This requires more intensive upkeep, usually from another professional. The choice to finish our jewelry and leave it to the elements is so you can easily maintain that original finish at home. If you ever have a problem with maintaining your jewelry please don't hesitate to reach out to us for tips and solutions.
We really love brass-- it's got a beautiful gold tone AND it's affordable. The only challenge with it is that usually with prolonged contact with skin, it/and your skin will turn greenish. For this reason we only employ brass when it is not intended for prolonged contact with skin.
If you have any problems with or questions about your purchase please don't hesitate to contact us. It is very important to us that you are happy with it for the long haul. We're happy to do what we can to ensure that.