For YEARS, I wore no gold. Carried no handbags with goldtone hardwear. Bought no shoes with brass accents. I was religious about wearing silvertone, and silvertone alone. Why? Who the hell knows. I’m a double Capricorn with Taurus rising, so let’s blame it on that.
ANYWAYS. Sometimes I would buy vintage stuff off Etsy that looked silver, but turned out to be faded gold. Sometimes the perfect piece of costume jewelry had one little brass bit that made me twitch with dismay. And eventually I found a solution:
(Also comes in gold, copper, pale gold,
and something called “red shimmer” for all your shimmery red … stuff.)
$3 – $10
A couple of years ago, Lucky recommended these for touching up worn hardware on handbags. The silver paint was a bit bright for most of my hardware, which has aged and grown a bit gray. But it worked perfectly for another project.
Here are a pair brown wedges that I nabbed from eBay. Notice the crappy, slightly rusted brasstone rivets:
This is basically just like the paint pens I played with as a wee lass: You shake them, you press to release the paint into the tip, and you draw. They’re permanent, they’re messy, and if you goof up there’s no going back. So do not retouch your hardware after four glasses of wine, friends. I’ve got a few smudges on these wedges that are never gonna come out, and I hadn’t had so much as a Diet Coke.
I’ve tried using silver nail polish for these purposes and it just becomes a gooey mess. I’m delighted to have found a way to quickly and easily turn gold to silver. Although I’m sure that sounds ass-backwards to many of you …
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Originally posted 2010-02-14 07:41:00.