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About Daikokubashira

About Materials & How to take care of them.

Hi, Thank you for visiting Daikokubashira! :)

In Daikokubashira, I provide handmade jewelries which are reasonable price, looks nice & fashionable. For metal parts, I mainly use plated metals for my handmade items in Daikokubashira. They are reasonable price and beautiful but they are not pure silver or gold, they will get tarnished / lose colour bit easier.

===== To make them last longer, please ======================
# DO NOT wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# Some metal parts are weak for sweat. So maybe it is NOT good idea to wear them when you are doing exercise.
# Some metal parts are weak sweat. So please be careful in the Summer.
# It is better to polish / clean them gently with soft cloth (Which does not contain polishing materials or hard materials) after use.
# Some materials can take water bit but some of them are not. So please take items off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for Jewelries, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# To clean metal parts, clean them gently with Mild soap and water by hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard / polishing material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth). BUT please be careful about other materials which are on same jewelry, some materials you should not use in water.

===== Plastic parts ======================
Plastic earrings findings is great substance for people who have metal allergy.
But some people also get allergic reaction from these Plastic findings. So if you like to try them before you get handmade items with these plastic findings, please contact me via message.

When you like to use them with earrings which you already have, Please.
# Check you CAN take metal stud post findings off from main earrings.
# Check how Hook part and Main drop earrings part are connected. Sometimes you need jump rings to connect drop part and plastic findings.
# Do you have tool to connect plastic findings and earrings? (like Glue, Pliers etc)

===== Colour wires ======================
In Daikokubashira, I mainly use colour plated (Colour is coated on base metal) wires from “Artistic Wire”. They have Tarnish resistant coatings (& some wire have Silver plated under colour coating) which have good durability for getting scratched + tarnished. Their base metal is mainly Copper.
Please read About Artistic Wire.

===== Stainless steel wire ======================
Stainless steel wires colour is nice silver colour, bit harder than other wires but still able to bend to make different shapes.
Stainless steel wire is strong for not getting tarnished / changing colours, also strong for water.

# Do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# They can take quite bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage items.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth)

===== Brass wire ======================
Brass wire has nice goldish colour.
Brass wire is alloy metal mainly made of Copper & Zinc.
Brass wire get tarnished / change colours while you are using them. Also Brass wire has nice goldish colour originally, not gold colour is plated, so the goldish colour will not comes off like plated ones.

#Do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
#They can take bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
#Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# Brass is NOT strong for sweat. So please be careful in the Summer and it is better to clean them when you sweat a lot.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth)

===== About Artistic Wire ======================
High quality wires from US company calls “Artistic Wire” which have nice Colour, Tarnish resistant coatings (& some wire have Silver plated under colour coating) which have good durability for getting scratched (colour is not coming off easily) + getting tarnished.
The base metal is mainly Copper, some have Brass or Stainless Steel for base metal.

To keep Artistic Wires colour last longer, please
# Do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# They can take bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
# They are plated wires with coatings so please do not scratch them.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# Artistic Wire is NOT strong for sweat. So please be careful in the Summer and it is better to clean them when you sweat a lot.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth, also you can use hair dryer)
# It is better to polish / clean them gently with soft cloth after use.

===== Copper wire ======================
Copper wire colour is rose gold to dark brown.
Copper wire get tarnished while you are using them, but the tarnished colour is great with Antique, Vintage and Retro look.

# Do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# They can take bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth)

===== Aluminum wire ======================
Aluminum wire has White silver like light silver colour, very soft metal so even thick wire, you can still bend it to change its shape.
Aluminum wire is very lightweight and strong for getting rusted, and also does not get tarnished (It become bit dull colour tho).

# They are quite soft so please Do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# They can take bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth)

===== Filled wires ======================
High quality wires which have thick Gold or Rose gold (In Daikokubashira, 14kt Yellow gold & 14kt Rose gold) coatings on base metals (In Daikokubashira, Brass - Nickel and Lead free). Because of thickness of coating, these coatings will not come off easily. But still they are not pure metals so

# Please do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# They can take bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth)

===== Argentium Sterling Silver wire ======================
New type of sterling silver, same silver content as regular sterling silver but Argentium Sterling Silver has stronger durability for getting tarnished than regular sterling silver. So very easy to taking care of them.

# Please do not wear them 24/7. You will scratch / damage them.
# They can take bit of water but please take them off when you are shower, doing some housekeeping works or swimming. Because you might scratch / damage them.
# Some Hair sprays & Cosmetic items & Creams are not good for them, so please wear them last, just before you do final check in front of mirror.
# To clean them, clean them gently Mild soap and water by hand hand / cotton bud / cloth, please do NOT scrub them by hard material. After clean them, rinse them well then polish & dry them well (please use soft cloth)


If you have questions, please ask me anytime via message. (^U^)/


Thank you


Fumiko Motooka