I’m excited to learn this information. On the one hand, I have been leaning toward working with brass and copper, and this is one more reason. Then, again, sometimes I just wonder , because I have very sensitive skin, what’s going on with the materials I use.
Brass, copper, and silver have been found to be self-disinfecting, and have the ability to inactivate such bacteria as E. Coli and staphylococcus.
Take brass, for example. Because brass has been found to automatically disinfect itself within 8 hours, and destroys 99% of fungi it comes into contact with within 6 hours, brass door handles/openers or doorknobs are popular options for healthcare facilities.
Copper will destroy mold completely within 6 hours of contact. Its disinfecting properties take effect within 15 minutes after contact
Silver is a common material for water storage tanks, and such, because it disinfects bacteria cells in water within as little as 12 hours.
.On the other hand, bacteria can survive on stainless steel, the most commonly-used material for hospital equipment, as well as equipment used in food processing, will survive for up to 30 days.
Adapted from http://www.wisegeek.com article
This week, I am on vacation with my parents, in Kill Devil Hills, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m looking forward to good weather — I even have my pink glamor bathing suit along, in case there are some good days for the beach.
So…. every year when I come here, I help my mom do something for her church’s holiday bazaar. This year, her idea is to take all the sea glass she has collected over the years on various beaches around the world (Dad was in the Navy), and make wire-wrap baubles — guess who is in charge of making wire-wrap baubles!!!!
Today, I have been looking at sea glass — my mother’s collection comes in “frosted clear”, “frosted pale green”, “frosted bright green”, and “frosted brown”. There are also some small sea shells, mostly snail types or an oval one with a hole in the middle. I’ve been separating the glass into colors, and then into small or large. I’ve also made 5 pieces — a copper wrapped brown triangle piece, a brass-wrapped frosted clear one, a wrapped oval shell, and two snail shells wrapped with brass and some little gold-filled beads.
I have the camera, but not the plug-in, so I will have to wait until I get back to post the pictures.
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