Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Suppose this is me being crafty - I have been FIXING costume jewelry & clothing lately. Have to admit - I enjoy it!
Numero Uno - I bought what I found out was a Schiaperelli bracelet (famous 30's designer, Paris, surreal see pic) in Sacramento at a thrift shop - but it was a bit worn - so I FIXED the finish slightly with gold-colored nail polish - just a bit here & there where the gold finish was worn - & voila! lovely bracelet - which I couldn't afford otherwise - even in vintage. (Also touched up a worn bit on a pair of "gold" earrings - wore both with bargain new bracelet to concert on Sat. - in $7 Chico cropped pants set I had bought in Ventura & a pr. of silk? flats in a golden color $1 same place in Ventura - I am a good customer of theirs.)
Two - Fixed a spot on a nice light turquoise cotton jacket with waffle texture -
I got it for $1 because of 2 slight coffee spots in the front - So I bleached them just slightly with hydrogen peroxide - & it did make a lighter patch - which I could then fill in with water -soluble felt pen in turquoise applied on wet cloth - Worked!
Spot cleaning technique is very valuable for repairing/restoring vintage, etc.
Three - I tinted the ribbon "soutache" on a 99 Cent Store Vest
Did it with a light brown permanent marker (I have a whole set) - & colored the white plastic "dots" with dark blue nailpolish AND the white plastic buttons with the same light brown marker (I probably will replace them eventually). Now it will look fine with my dark blue & black Indian pants - with the 99Cent white chiffon blouse I also bought at the 99 Cent Store. That's how outfits are born!)
I have also colored white plastic buttons (they look so cheap) on a dress with light pink pearl nail polish to go with the dress. I liked the dome shape & once colored, just kept them. Never even had bothered to unsew them.
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