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How To Clean + Care For Your Jewelry

Brass, bronze and sterling silver jewelry has an appeal that is hard to match. The warm earthy tones, the low cost and the rustic appeal all contribute to its lovely charm. Unfortunately, over time and when not worn, these lovely metals can tarnish and turn dull. This natural oxidation process is intriguing, simply because it gives the jewelry character and builds upon its story. However, every once in awhile, that dull finish needs a facelift and the jewelry needs a good cleaning. Besides, who wants their jewelry just sitting around, looking drab? Let’s make those beautiful handmade pieces shine so we can wear them with confidence! At the CSB Jewelry studio, we have tested some great DIY, all-natural jewelry polishing...

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Renegade Craft Fair | Maker Spotlight | CSB Jewelry

The Renegade Craft Fair does a lovely series of Maker Spotlights on their blog and we were fortunate enough to be featured when the fair rolled through town. Check out our interview with them and an insider's scoop into our east Austin studio & production processes HERE.  Thank you again RCF team! Can't wait to see you again in November! xo

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The Meaning Behind the 'Evil Eye'

While traveling through Turkey last summer, it was impossible not to notice to plethora of 'Evil Eye' charms overflowing tourist shops, decorating the walls and sidewalks of businesses and hanging in windows and in entryways. This is a tradition or superstition, as I have always thought, that my mother introduced me to as soon as I started traveling the world on my own. She always had me pin an evil eye somewhere inside my backpack as a 'protector' to keep me safe and out of harm. I had never given this much thought until my trip last summer and even then still didn't quite understand the meaning behind it all until now. I recently found a fantastic article addressing just...

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Inspirational Textiles | Mali Mudcloth

My obsession with Mali mudcloth began in the Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco last summer. While wandering the narrow streets and purposefully getting lost with my good friend Ceceilia, we discovered a sweet Malinese vendor selling loads of cool African artifacts. I was immediately drawn to the textiles and jewelry (of course) and we spent about an hour there, with gaping mouths and overstimulated senses.  Mudcloth is traditional to Mali & is dyed using fermented mud. I am of course in love with the patterns and natural colors, but also the dyeing process itself. It's incredibly labor intensive. I found a super interesting Youtube video that gives insight into how the dyeing process works. (Be sure and click on 'settings' to turn...

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