Apr 30, 2009
I just got back from a 3 week trip to Mexico to celebrate my 50th birthday. It being my favorite country I can't think of a better place to turn the big 5 0I found great seeds while I was there. They are amulets and are a Mexican form of magical protection. They are called ''Ojo de Venado'' seeds of Mucuna pruriens. The Ojo de Venado mature beans are considered both aphrodisiac and very protective, with strong healing properties. Upon my return I used them to make these earrings and pendant after carefully polishing and drilling them.
This is a very soft metal, so it is often mixed with an alloy like copper. Sterling silver originally was created in an area in Germany called Easterling. So that’s where the word sterling came from. To be sterling sliver, the metal is made up of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.
Pure silver, aka Fine Silver (.999), will melt at 1761 degrees F (961 degrees C), while sterling melts at 1434 degrees F (779 degreees C) and the flow point is 1655 degrees F (902 degrees C).Coin silver melts at a slightly lower temperature than sterling because it has more copper alloy in it; usually any where for 10 to 20 percent of it is an alloy.
By: Tammy Powley