How do I make old metallic costume jewelry look good again?

Forum: Jewelry Making

I like to reuse old costume jewelry to make new pieces. Many metallic parts are dull and discolored.
Is there a way to refresh the metal areas to make them look better?

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kimberly newman ...

Wash them with warm water, a baby soft toothbrush and Dawn dish soap to get the oils and gunk off then dry well. Sometimes the finish is to far gone to save so I will use patina paints to accent and define. It comes in amazing colors even gold, antique gold and silver tones. You can go bold or put it on and wipe off some before it dries making it more muted. I have posted a few pieces on my profile if you want to check out how I have used them. Have fun!

Keenwyu Jolly ...

You can go with Home Remedies.
Try using lemon on the jewelry. Lemon has been used for a long time to rid jewelry of the oxide layer that forms on metals with the passage of time. You might want to add a little baking soda to the lemon.
Lemon is a natural acid and rubbing a half cut lemon on jewelry can hasten the process of cleaning. You can put the silver jewelry in a cup with lemonade with some salt for a night. Lemon works especially well on silver.
You could juice a lemon in a small plate, and then rub this juice over the jewelry that you intend to clean, and then use a rough cloth (or scotch bright) to rub vigorously against the jewelry.

Try using a white vinegar and water solution.
Soak the jewelry in the solution, and then use a soft toothbrush to get into corners and holes.
Cleaning fake jewelry in vinegar can leave the chains shiny. The soft bristle toothbrush can help if the jewelry contains gems by getting in cracks. You can simply apply the vinegar to a sponge, and use it to clean the jewelry.
Another natural product that can be used to clean jewelry is olive oil. Olive oil will make it shine, but make sure to wash it off. You could also use a dental tablet and dissolve it in water. Then, let the jewelry soak for a bit and scrub gently with a toothbrush.

Hope this was useful for you.