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!