posted on Nov, 14 2005 @ 01:27 PM
even easier than the nail polish trick (which works btw) is to spray paint the piece with a clear sealant (just make sure not to skip any part of it-
try hanging it vertically so you can get all around it evenly). there are little plastic 'ear protectors' that can fit in your earring holes, the
earring back then slips through it and keeps the metal from contacting the skin...
i asked a friend of mine that makes jewelry, he said that most silvers are electro-plated with nickel and then rhodium to keep it from scratching and
tarnishing easily... unfortunately many people have allergic reactions to them. the best thing to do is go 'higher end'... pure gold or silver (just
speak with the jeweler about whether any of it is plated, or 'lower end'- there's great selections of beads, wood, seed, braided twine, plastic,
i found that after working with some not so safe chemicals doing art projects, that my skin sensitivity was terribly heightened- and i developed new
allergies- metals that might not have given me problems before, DID... i've seen jewelry fastened together with lead solder (no kiddin'!) just
because it's fashioned for wear doesn't mean it's safe to rest against the skin! so just learn to work around it, once your body has become
hypersensitive to whatever substance is causing the rashes, the best thing is to listen to what your body is telling you and avoid contact.