Simple DIY Tricks for Restoring Jewelry
We’re all about repurposed and recycled jewelry, and why wouldn’t we be? But what if it stinks like that old attic smell? In this post, we’ve got some simple DIY tricks for renewing that old jewelry, and even getting rid of that stink–yay! 🙂
This post came about because the other day I was at a Boutique and ran across a booth full of old jewelry. I must have had the “look” because the girl at the booth announced that every piece was just $3. Immediately I had to touch it, and as I felt the metals and jewels, I knew they were worth much more than the price she had set.
She continued, “We bought a storage unit at an action and it was loaded with all of this jewelry.” I was intrigued, “so I’m just selling it to get rid of it.”
Wow. Some people get all the luck, lol.
But I’m happy for her and also happy for me, because that $3 price went a very long way! As I draped 17 pieces of very cool jewelry onto one arm, I started to smell that old stinky metal smell. If I didn’t know it was an easy fix, I may have set down every one of those pieces and move on. But luckily I knew, and that’s when I realized I needed to share what I knew with you.
I went home and here is what I did:
Mix the following together:
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Liquid Castile Soap
Pour ingredients into a pitcher and stir.
- Place jewelry into a glass bowl or metal pan, then pour the mixture over the jewelry, making sure to saturate each peice.
- Allow to sit overnight or at least 12 hours.
- Remove from the liquid mixture and place jewelry pieces onto a dry towel.
- Allow to dry completely.
- Enjoy your fresh new jewelry!
Viola!! That’s all there is to it. I wish I would’ve taken a before and after because it was much more sparkly and bright after the cleaning. But had you seen it before, it was pretty dingy and dull, but luckily I could see a glimmer of hope.
So that’s all there is to it.
Many of the pieces I’ve done this with have been costume jewelry, and I haven’t had any problems with it at all. If you have something you’re afraid could get ruined, do some research before taking the plunge. But from my experience it has brought new life back to something old and forgotten, and that’s been really fun!
Let us know how it works for you! Comment below, we love hearing from you!
Laurie & Tiffany
ps See how pretty my little jewelry finds turned out? And they don’t stink anymore at all!!! YAY! 🙂