My copper is turning people's skin green, HELP?!
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My copper is turning people's skin green, HELP?!
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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:11 am
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i made a copper bracelet for my nephew using the round maille method and he wore it for less than a day and his skin turned green.

Is there a way to seal the bracelet for wear and still maintain its flexibility?

Thanks for your help Coif Smiley

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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:16 am
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This topic was actually brought up recently. I don't know if this thread will answer your question, but it is a place to start.
http://www.mailleartisans.org/board/viewtopic.php?t=14995

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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:20 am
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Also, how long did it take you to make, and did you clean it prior to their wearing it?

A LOT of oils come off your fingertips during manufacture, that need ot bea cleaned off to prevent oxidization.



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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:45 am
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Yes, i cleaned it in lemon juice and then washed and let air dry on a towel. It took about 2 hours to assemble.

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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:54 am
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thank you Vorondil for the article. Now that i read it; I think I may try something I read before about painting motorcycle tanks. I will do a top coat of clear enamel and let dry. Then I plan to run it through a tumbler with super fine grit. I will repeat the process until coated sufficiently
Thanks for all the replies

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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:22 pm
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Be sure to post back with your results. It would be nice to know if that is a method we can recommend to others in your situation.

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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:35 pm
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rik888 - I had a bracelet that turned my wrist green and I kept on wearing it. After a couple of days of wear it stopped, my guess is that there was no bare copper left to react to my skin and it produced a really nice patina. Could just let it go and see what happens.


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Posted on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:52 pm
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(This thread should be moved to the KC)

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