Cool Tool: Silica Gel Dehumidifiers

Recently I moved my finished jewelry pieces to a jewelry carrying case equipped with jewelry trays instead of my usual plastic baggie in binder or on shelf option. I wanted everything in one place and most of all – portable so I could easily take my work with me to show potential buyers. However  I was a little concerned about tarnish since the jewelry is no longer concealed in plastic with an anti-tarnish strip. I placed anti-tarnish strips inside the case but I didn’t have  the confidence that they would do the trick.

Then I found these silica gel humidifiers from Lee Valley. They wick the moisture out of the air around metal gardening tools – so why not try them in the jewelry case? I bought the 40g one which is nice & compact. I like that once the beads fill up with moisture you can pop them in the oven & dry them back out – reusable over & over again.

It’s been several weeks now & so far so good. I’m thinking of getting another; one for the bottom of the case & one for the top.

I’ll report back with an update in a few months. I figure if the results are not great then I can always throw these into my garden shed. :) But so far…no complaints.

 Leilani Cleveland Deveau is a self-taught jewelry artist with over sixteen years of experience. 4 years ago she added the fiber arts (wool processing/dyeing/carding/spinning, knitting, crochet and felting) to her long list of creative interests. Leilani welcomes questions or comments from other crafters and handmade artists, as well as requests for custom, wholesale or consignment jewelry. Her home studio is located in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. You can contact her by email:

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