Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Makeover - Starfish Earrings

Color is 'Cajun Shrimp' by OPI

As I go through my old and unwanted things, I always ask myself if there is some way to change so it can be used again. I have some Tiffany knockoff silver earrings that I used to love wearing when they were bright and shiny, but they eventually took on a worn patina that was not so nice. Since I wasn't sure if they were real silver, I decided to forgo the aluminum and boiling water and set my sights on some bright, coral-colored nail polish.

If you have some old metal pieces that could use a pick me up, grab them and your favorite color nail polish for an easy makeover.

You will need:
220 grit sandpaper or nail buffer
Nail polish - color of choice and clear topcoat
Old jewelry
Jump rings/Earring hooks/hardware (optional) - you only need this if you decide to change it out.
2 pairs small, flat pliers (optional) - for changing out your hardware

  1. Remove any jewelry hardware with pliers or tape over it with painter's/masking tape.
  2. Using fine grit sandpaper (220 or higher), lightly sand the surface you wish to cover.
  3. Apply first coat of nail polish color. Let it dry completely between coats. I did somewhere between 6-8 coats to achieve the finish I wanted, but you can do more or less depending on your piece and how the polish covers.
  4. Apply at least one clear top coat. Let it dry between coats. Tip: I tried using an acrylic sealer on this first and it "pulled" my nail polish, causing me to have to apply extra color coats. Use the top coat polish instead.
  5.  Add your hardware back or replace it and you are ready to groove.
I wear these all the time now and I am in love with the color. It's on the fringe of the neon craze, which suits me perfectly. ~ OP

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