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Bill in Oregon

Treating copper so it does not react with skin?

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Wondering if there is a way to treat or coat copper objects -- bracelets, for example -- so they do not react with human skin when worn. My understanding is that some folks' chemistry is more reactive than others'.

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Tin wash on the skin side,  lacquer,   maybe a good hard wax.

I don't believe that my Mom's old copper bracelets had anything on them.

My main concern would be getting a copper alloy with no lead or nickel in it - so no c96, c97 alloys for example.

 

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Bill in Oregon,

Have you considered coating the ring etc. with clear nail polish.  (nail varnish in  G. B.)

That would result in a temporary solution that would have to be renewed on a regular basis.

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The thin clear varnish that brass players put on their instruments might also be a good option. 

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Heavy gold plating? Note: some people want the reaction as they believe it helps with arthritis. So you may want to offer a mix of them.

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So is water and oxygen---avoid at all cost!

Prolonged storage of acidic foods in unlined copper pots is definitely a problem; wearing a copper bracelet not so much.

(Don't forget the use of copper in IUDs)

Of course some folks are much more sensitive to copper than others.

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