Friday, April 20, 2012

Easy DIY to protect your fashion jewelry!

I just discovered this little trick and I really wanted to share it with you dolls.  It's SOOOO easy I actually felt silly for 1. not knowing about this sooner and 2. not doing it all these years.  If you're like me you L-O-V-E fashion jewelry.. I can spend hours at Forever 21 picking up the latest and cutest things.

But one thing that drives me TOTALLY crazy is that deep down you know in a few months it's going to tarnish or the color is going to rub off and look yucky :(

The reason why it tarnishes is because of the metal being exposed to moisture.  SO to prevent it from being exposed to moisture all you need to do is create a barrier so to speak - all you have to do is paint over it with a little clear nail polish!!

WHAT?  THAT'S IT?  YUP!!  THAT'S IT! :)

I have a couple of pieces of fashion jewelry I picked up lately that I'll be using in this demo.  I try to wait until I have a bunch of pieces and then I do all of them at one time.

This is what you'll need

Your fashion jewelry!


Saran wrap, clear nail polish (any brand will do) and some tape.


I take a big chunk of the saran wrap and lay it on the table and then tape down the sides.


Lay all of my fashion jewelry flat on the saran wrap


Then I paint the top visible layer.  After I'm done I let it rest there for a couple hours or so.  Then I gently touch the LAST piece I was working on to see if it's dried (because then obviously all the rest must be dry too.) Once it's dry you flip over all of the pieces and repeat on the other side!

Just a little tidbit - the first time I did this I held the costume jewelry in between my fingers and painted over the WHOLE piece and then set it down to dry on a piece of paper and what ended up happening was the bottom of the jewelry became glued to the piece of paper I laid it on (*&(@*#&$(*#@&$ AND you could see tiny thumb prints that had dried into the clear nail polish from where I was holding the jewelry AHAHAHA :p

And that's it!  Easy peasy right?  Now you'll be able to enjoy your favorite fashion jewelry pieces for many years to come!


Black & Gold pave pyramid bracelet - t+j designs, I <3 Paris cuff - Forever 21, Bamboo crystal bangles - t+j designs, Thin pyramid pave bangles - BCBG, Panther pave bangle - Kenneth Jay Lane, Heart shaped ring & Pyramid stud bracelet - ASOS, Crystal between-the-finger ring - Ted Baker via ASOS


DISCLAIMER - The fashion jewelry will have a slight clear film on from the clear nail polish so some of your high polish looking jewelry will look slightly dull after you do it.. it won't be as shiny as before you painted the clear nail polish on.. but it will prevent it from turning brown or changing color!  So definitely consider this before you do it :)  Also depending on how well .. or rather how patient you are in painting the nail polish on (unlike me.. who towards the end just kind of dumped nail polish all over the jewelry) it'll result in a much better finish if you put on a small thin layer of nail polish on!

67 comments:

  1. Love all the items you have and love this idea! :D

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  2. wow... i feel a bit dumbfounded. this is such a good idea! lol... i'll definitely try this one out!

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  3. That's an excellent tip! I've had to throw away so many costume/fashion jewelry pieces over the years due to the pieces tarnishing! I'll have to pick up a brand new bottle of polish to try this out with :)

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  4. Ah, great idea Lisa! This actually never occurred to me before either. I'll have to try it out myself.

    xo, alison*elle

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  5. Love this, thanks girly! I think I do remember hearing about using this trick, but I never understood why it worked or really how it should be done. I am definitely going to try it on my F21 pieces!

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  6. so cool! i love forever21 jewelry too, so this really comes in handy! i think i've heard about this trick before, but i never really got around to trying it out because i didn't know how to do it exactly, so thanks for this! :)

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  7. Love it! I've heard of using clear polish on earrings for sensitive ears but not this. Thanks XD

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  8. excellent idea!!! :)
    thanks for the tip

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  9. Such a cool ideea. I also love the bracelets :)

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  10. I used to do that to keep my cell phone charms in tact and avoid having the paint scrape! ^^

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  11. thats a easy trick, i just throw them out once they get tarnished too bad, but now i know how to prevent it~~~thx for the tip

    Jessy

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  12. brilliant! now if only i have the time and patience to do that lol

    love the panther by the way

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  13. I always forget to do this, thanks for the reminder! Rockin jewelry btw! :)

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  14. I love this tip and you weren't kidding. IT IS EASY TO DO. :) Keep them tips coming....

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  15. Oh yes I used to do this for some of my jewelleries but like my nails, the polish started chipping away! =)

    I will do it again though, thanks for the reminder!


    oxo

    ML
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  16. Thank you so much for this AWESOME tip! I'm going to have to try it the next time i go wild in Forever21!

    PS. I LOVE that Panther bracelet. I may need to fight you for it. By fight I mean ask nicely.

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  17. i am doing the same trick to protect mine for years now and i still have some really old jewelry that look great.

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  18. genius lisa, genius! also, love all your pieces!

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  19. It didn't even occur to me to cover the metals on costume jewelry... I wonder if I could just spray them with clear acrylic...

    I love your collection!

    xoxo

    Lily

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  20. I do this :) It really does make pieces last SO much longer :)

    Love, Rachel

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  21. I did this to a couple of jewellery pieces I had, but didn't like how it took away the shine. I also stupidly painted it over some fake diamantes as I read that can prevent them from dropping off. Not a good idea. The diamantes looked horrible :(
    Now I just live with it and keep the ones that can tarnish easily in boxes

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  22. That is such a great tip, i'll have to try this out for sure, hate it when my favourite necklaces start looking brown.

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  23. thank for this tip ! :) Sure i will try soon !!! :D

    kisses

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  24. This is a wonderful tip Lisa, now i can go out and spend more on their jewelry at F21!

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  25. What a FANTASTIC TIP! Thanks so much!!! Now, I can fix my Stella and Dot bracelet that is only a few months old. Thanks again!
    Best, M.

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  26. Thanks for the tip, Lisa!! I would totally give it a try however I would spill the nail polish all over me, my dog, and anything else nearby. LOL.

    :-)

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  27. Thats such a great tip lisa! never would have thought!

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  28. That's such a great idea!! I also saw a video of a girl painting some of her older tarnished jewelry with colored nail polish to spice it up again.

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  29. Hey Lisa, thanks for sharing this tip! :) Have a beautiful weekend

    ♥ laura
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  30. this is so cool! I do this as well! It does protect your fashion accessories. Especially if one is acidic the tarnishing tends to happen faster.

    Vanessa

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  31. Such a great tips, I can't wait to try it on mine, thanks for sharing.
    xoxo
    Christy

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  32. hi Lisa.

    What a great idea! I love the top coat Seche Vite. It does get super goopy if you don't use it within a few months but that would be a good time to get rid of goopy nail polish and use it to touch up your jewelry. :)

    Btw... I was reading your blog while hanging out w my boyfriend one day and I and saw your pictures and was like, 'hey, that's my friend!' lol. small world. Anyhow, Ian says hi!

    xo

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  33. I was so surprised when i saw this post, actually my grand mother taught me how to do this and it's been a habit for me since years. I really love the way you share your tips and knowledge with us. Thank you for that!
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  34. what a savvy trick. i will have to do this too.

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  35. Awesome idea - never thought of this!

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  36. Omg!! I never thought about this before! <-- I say this because I actually paint polish over any jewelry with rhinestones to protect them a bit from falling out but I never thought it would prevent tarnishing!! Awesome!! Now we can horde F21 jewelry and feel good about it! Great tip!

    P.s I'd probably become hella impatient too hahaha

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  37. I love this - what an easy way to protect costume jewelry! Hmm is base coat the same as clear polish?

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  38. This is such a fabulous idea Lisa! Thank you for sharing :)

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  39. thanks for the tip Lisa, I do that with my sparkly jewellery to prevent the bits from falling out, but this takes it to another level :D
    thank you darlin'

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  40. I love great tips like this...thank you so much! BTW the last picture of you with all your jewelry is just too fabulous!!

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  41. Great idea! Thanks for the tips :) while reading you post i cant seem to find my clear nail polish ;( Anyway, i should go and do as u told before all the colors disappear ;(

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  42. thanks for sharing. your jewelry looks so nice and its such a statement piece

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  43. Thanks for sharing this great advice. I must do this this weekend.

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  44. Whattt... I never knew you could paint the jewelry with nail polish. COOLL. haha Im just so amused by this fact.
    I was soo sad when some of my older earrings which were given to me by my uncle started to tarnish. It broke my heart so im so glad there's a solution
    Thanks so MUCH

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  45. Very cool! I did not know this! I'm going to have to try it!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  46. What a fantastic and simple idea, going to go try this on all my rings that turn my fingers green!

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  47. That panther bangle...I must have it! Where did you purchase it?

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  48. this is such a genius idea. Can't tell you how many of my faves have been thrown out because they tarnished!

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  49. Cool! Gotta try this someday *wink*

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  50. wow i love the jewerlly..they are soo nice and nice idea..
    Mi_Mi
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  51. jewelry has importance for our life so we need to know How to protect Jewelry?

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  52. yesss! i should get one soooon! btw u jewery reallly awesome! :)

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