Taking care of Horn Materials

Organic Body jewelry and body piercings are made of exotic organic natural raw materials and are true work of art. It takes years of practice to master the art of carvings and material preparation knowledge for presenting a finish jewelry piece which is not only outstanding in its look and appearance but also lasts as such for a very long time. This article will explain below how to care and maintain organic body jewelry in order to get the maximum results while using them.


Maintaining Your Horn

1. Learn about the material

  • Domestic water buffalo horn is consisting mainly of keratin which is a protein made with fibers, identical to that exists in hair, claws, nails, feathers, quills & wool.
  • Horn and bone as organic materials allows the wearer skin to breath, it will not get cold in cool environment, but in time it can get dried out which if not properly addressed will result in cracks that may attract bacteria, therefore proper simple periodic maintenance once a month is highly recommended in order to keep their beauty and smoothness for a very long period of time.

2. Do not be autoclave or wash with regular soap (anti bacterial soap is okay).

3. Avoid soaking it in water for long periods. In case it has been soaked, it need to be dried and oiled immediately.

4. Do not leave in direct sunlight for long periods, and not be left exposed in extreme temperatures.

5. Periodical maintenance can be effectively done buy applying vegetable oils such as jojoba oil, or pure coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil. This will revive and sustain the flexibility and healthy appearance of them.

6. Avoid using with unhealed stretches and initial piercings as these cannot be sterilized like metals.


* How to clean horn bowl and dish?

1. Wash by normal water or room temperature water.

2. Clean by antibacterial soap or antibacterial hand gel.

3. Avoid soaking it in water for long periods. In case it has been soaked, it need to be dried and oiled immediately.




Taking care of Leather Products.

Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. It can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.

People use leather to make various goods—including clothing (e.g., shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers, and belts), it is produced in a wide variety of types and styles, decorated by a wide range of techniques.

Leather is a classic material. Durable, stylish, and tough, a good piece of leather should last you a lifetime. However, like most things, you need to show your leather some love. The better you maintain your leather the longer it will last and the better it will look. It’s a special kind of material that you can’t just throw in the wash, so it’s important to understand how to maintain it.


Maintaining Your Leather.

1. Keep leather items out of the sun. The sun will dry the leather out and cause it to become brittle. Once your leather has become brittle it will become to crack and deteriorate.

2. Keep the items in a cool, dry place when not in use. Mildew can deteriorate leather if it is allowed to grow on it. Don’t leave your items in a humid or wet basement – this could promote the growth of mildew.

  • Don’t keep your leather in plastic either. Removing all air supply from the leather is bad for the material.

3. Keep leather away from abrasives that can scuff or cut it. Once leather has been damaged, there is no way to repair it. Keep in mind that you can only prevent this to a degree, so don’t obsess over it. Try not to leave your leather on a gravel driveway, for example. However, throughout the lifespan of your leather something is bound to happen to it.

  • Many people enjoy the look of worn leather and think its brings the material to life.
  • You also should avoid letting your leather get stretched out. For example, if you stuff a leather wallet too full it won’t go back to its normal size afterwards. If you want sleek, new looking leather you should avoid stretching it.

4. Add moisture to your leather. If you find that your leather is starting to dry out or crack it may be time to moisturize the material. Buy a leather dressing or a leather cream. If you can, contact the manufacturer of your leather to find out what they recommend. There are a number of oils and waxes that can help you reduce the cracks and dryness in your leather.

  • Add leather dressing intermittently. Even if you haven’t used your leather item for many years, don’t just keep it stored in a glass display case. You need to dress the leather periodically.


Cleaning Your Leather.

1. Keep the leather clean. Try to brush your leather down with a damp cloth at least once a week. If you are diligent about doing a quick clean of your leather then you won’t have to worry about deep cleaning later on, which is much more difficult.

  • If dirt particles get into the leather they can cause serious abrasion from the inside.

2. Use a damp cloth. Start by brushing off any dirt of grime from the leather with your hand, then switch to a damp cloth.

3. Do not use any soaps or cleansers. These types of chemicals can remove the natural oils in the leather used to preserve the material. Chemical soaps will cause the leather to dry out, crack, and begin to deteriorate. Stick with water.

4. Dry your leather slowly. For example, if you have a leather motorcycle jacket and you are forced to drive in the rain you may have to live with it being wet for a little while. You shouldn’t put your leather by a fire, out in the sun, or near a heater to dry it off like you would with cotton or cloth. Dry your leather in room temperature by letting it sit.

  • Drying leather quickly will change its chemical structure, causing it to become brittle and crack.


*It is very important to remember that horn and leather products, organic and body jewelry are by-products (no animals are being killed for this purpose, the bone and horn reflects low value and extremely small part of the whole animal usage “after death” purposes in general) following a tribal tradition of using all the animal parts after death, that none will go to waste.



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