functional vs. non-functional
Brass and copper utensils have been around for a long time and with that there has been many opinions to whether the use of these metals in functional food use are safe to use or not. Through research on Google I have found that some cultures such as Ayurveda says that these metals can be beneficial to our bodies and other scientific research says otherwise. What I have found out that most agree on is to avoid using copper and brass utensils and cookware with foods containing vinegar, tomatoes or citrus fruits. Brass easily reacts with salt and acidic foods, when it is heated so probably best to avoid that as well.
Most importantly if your copper or brass cookware shows any signs of verdigris, a greenish or bluish deposit especially of copper carbonates formed on copper, brass or bronze surfaces and is poisonous, it is not food safe until it is cleaned. Once all the verdigris is scrubbed off, your cookware is food safe again.
So, with that information I will let you decide whether your utensil is food safe or not for you!
February 16th the challenge was born! I had one of my besties staying with me this winter which was a delight! We would spend hours talking about EVERYTHING under the sun while she was sitting on "her" couch and I was sitting across from her on "my" couch. As side note, my house is only a 704 sq ft A-frame but yet I'm able to comfortably have 2 full couches! This comes in handy when guest stay. One day in February I told her that I wanted to be artistically challenged! After a few days of refection, Pinterest, sorting through photos of my past art work, art work of my Grandparents, art work of their friends, old sketch books of mine, and LOTS of conversation with my bestie I came up with the idea to make a spoon! Not just any spoon of course, spoons that were different, spoons that had some meaning. The challenge was, 60 spoons in 60 days with only the materials and tooling that I had. I gave myself 60 days for a few reasons. First, I would know after 60 days if I liked making spoons! Hand hammering metal can be loud receptive work and hard on the arm if not careful. Second, 60 spoons would give me a full display if I choose to apply for a show in which the deadline was April 16th! It turns out that I LOVE making spoons and I got into the show!!
Hello! Here is the beginning of my blog posts. I will be posting about my work of enameling, jewelry, maybe a little family history, (I am going to photo some of my Grandfathers work and post it here for some fun) I'll post about new enameling projects and perhaps other projects as well! Here we go! Enjoy.
Hi, I'm Laura, I'm a creative that likes to create! I work in metals and mixed media for the most part but have been know to dabble in other mediums to keep creative juices flowing!