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School season is nearly upon us, and with it comes new questions for the budding musicians in our families. If your child chooses, or already plays a brass instrument of any kind, you may want to know about this.
The mouthpiece of most brass instruments is made of (guess what?) - brass. This is often plated with another metal which looks silver, but is less expensive - Nickel.
I heard this originally from my husband, who is not really a brass player, but more of a guitar dude.) My husband says his high school music teacher told his brass players at that time, to coat the mouthpiece with clear finger nail polish if they started to react to it. Apparently the reaction is know among musicians as "Brass Poisoning," but we know it as our old friend, "Nickel Allergy." Reactions to the brass itself are also possible, and relatively common, however.
(Now, I cannot comment on the wisdom us using nail polish for anything near your lips - I can only think that this is not a …
Argentium Sterling Silver ... what is it?I've talked about Argentium before in my blog. I've sung its praises, I've shown it and described it to everyone I meet (it seems) but I still hear a question now and then that breaks my heart: "What is Argentium - is it real Sterling silver?" ... alas, my tiny little world is not the world where everyone lives. So I'll start with some basic information. One way to understand Argentium Sterling Silver is to compare it to standard Sterling Silver, which more people are familiar with. Regular Sterling contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. In addition, it contains a tiny bit of "something else" which acts as the hardener. If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll know that this little bit of unidentified silver stuff can sometimes be nickel, and for those of us with allergies, is the source of some aggravation. Enter: Argentium Sterling Silver. Argentium Sterling Silver is correctly identifie…
It sounds like one of those "allergic to homework" lines, but this one might be true.
With school starting and fall approaching, we start to think of some of those necessary little family chores, like going to the dentist. Most visits aren't too dramatic, but once in a while you get some bad news. The news that you need braces, though is not at all uncommon, and most families will have at least one member who needs to go through this ordeal.
If you have nickel allergies, or you want to avoid them, these little suckers pose more of a problem. Think about it. These things are in your mouth all the time, most likely when you are young. Over a couple of years, your mouth is the site of a host of little cuts, sores and irritations, many of which come and go without much notice. These little irritations are the perfect entry point for nickel to get into your body, and make an ideal environment for an allergy to develop.
Also, it is good to remember that even if you don't …