Jewelry CareBy nature, polymer clay is durable, lightweight, and can withstand everyday wear - and is really a wonderful medium for jewelry. This said, there are tips you can practice that will extend the life of your jewelry and protect it from any damage.
Below are my recommended care tips for your jewelry:
- Standard jewelry cleaner or rubbing alcohol may be used to clean metal parts, but only use soap & water or light buffing on clay parts, if needed
- Avoid wear during sleep, showering, exercise, and swimming
- Avoid direct contact with solvents (perfumes, hairspray, nail polish remover, etc.) as this can damage or discolor clay
- Clay is strong but can be scratched or broken - try to avoid placing in the bottom of pockets or purses; pack in a jewelry box if traveling
- For home storage, inside a box or on a jewelry stand/organizer is recommended
- Store at room temperature and away from direct sunlight to avoid metal tarnishing
- For rings: remove for handwashing; avoid wearing if working strenuously with hands (moving heavy objects, cleaning, etc.)
- Keep out of reach of children - small parts can be choking hazards
While I do my best to ensure all pieces are durable (you can read more about how on my FAQ page), in some instances, life happens and pieces can break - but don't fret! Super glue is an excellent fix for any clay-to-clay or clay-to-metal breakage. I personally recommend Loctite Super Glue or Krazy Glue. I'm more than happy to give application tips if needed :)
If you would like to send your piece back to me for a more permanent and stronger fix, I do free repairs within the first year of purchase. Please reach out to me if needed.
If you discover over time that your metal findings have tarnished, dulled, or become dirty from wear, I recommend Brilliant Jewelry Cleaner - they make a cleaner for silver as well as for gold and all other metal types. Please note that this cleaner is not intended for clay - you should remove the hardware first or carefully dip the hooks/posts in only.