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« on: October 23, 2006 05:40:58 PM »

i'm sorry if fi'm repeating anyone's post, but..

well, i've been making a lot for a while, and after some time, the ear hooks start to smell. in some cases, the whole thing starts to smell, and it always rusts.

why? Is it the things i'm using? cause i dont think so.
is there any way to prevent this? or at least, fix this?


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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2006 05:59:38 PM »

You'll find that most earrings (especially plugs-bigger surface area) will smell a bit if you don't take them out and clean them and your ear at least every second day. And of course make sure that you dry them really well. It's just the dead skin cells being shed that go icky, and possibly a bit of a reaction to the material by the sounds of it.

What kind of material are you using for your earrings? If it's rusting, get it out!!! Please don't use any material in your ears that rusts. If it's just tarnish you can polish it out-just make sure any cleaning solution you use is completely gone before you pop it back in your ears.

Meh, my plugs are tarnished to hell, but you can't tell when they're in  Tongue

Sorry if I wasn't much help, but if you let us know what material you're using, we may be able to pinpoint the cause Smiley
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2006 04:02:53 PM »

thanks, that really did help\
i think i'll start cleaning my jewelry and ears more often
i mostly use differend chandeir findings, and even some spacer beads and head pins rust

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2006 08:29:54 PM »

using sterling or 14K gold helps with this.

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2006 07:25:49 PM »

use a hypo-allergenic surgical steel with no nickel.  And clean your jewelry frequently.  Also, if you're using very inexpensive findings you should consider coating them with clear nail polish.

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