Do you have some jewellery, necklaces or earrings you don’t wear because the colour is wrong (or there is something else about it you don’t love)? Frequently presents of jewellery are lovely, but just not quite right. Most commonly the colour is off, and if it’s in a palette that clashes with the rest of your wardrobe, you can feel bad about not wearing the item because it just doesn’t go. Rather than leave your jewellery languishing, here are 4 easy ways to revamp your jewellery to make it something that you love and will wear and appreciate.
To inspire you into finding some quick and easy ways to improve on your costume jewellery and to turn it into something you love I’ve collected some examples from some of my amazing 7 Steps to Style members who have shared their efforts and successes.
1. Dye Your Beads
Have you ever thought about dying your beads? It won’t work if they are plastic or glass, but it may work if they are made of wood or are a seed. Here is an example of tagua seed beads dyed with magenta Procion MX dye (which is a dye for cotton and silk).
Here the orange beads were dyed with magenta, and the ivory ones were brightened with a pearl nail polish.
Natural materials can dye reasonably easily. So next time you’re overdyeing one of your garments, why not dip your jewellery in the pot too!
2. Paint Your Jewellery with Nail Polish to Change the Colour
Sick of the colour of your costume jewellery? Whether it’s plastic or metal or many other kinds of surface, nail polish can change the colour easily.
The orange pieces became purple.
The yellow ‘stones’ became teal.
The lifeless light green became a jewelled violet.
These yellow beads are now green.
And these leather earrings were also given a coat of raspberry polish to change their colour.
3. Rework Your Necklace
Don’t like one or more of the elements of your necklace? It’s not too hard to change elements of them up.
Improving a piece can be as simple as taking out one feature bead and replacing it with another that you love.
To a more complex project where you restring and rework the entire piece.
Here some beads were removed and new ones added plus a new cord to tie the new elements together.
Get the right length and right colour contrast with a few easy adjustments. You just need a pair of jewellery pliers (find out more about some of these kinds of tweaks in this post).
4. Make Sure it Sit’s at the Perfect Length
Changing the cord means that you can change the length and texture (should you so wish), and ensure that your necklace ends right on your balance point creating harmony with your appearance.
5. Grab a Sharpie and Colour Them In
This is so easy – this enamel and metal brooch was transformed with the humble Sharpie permanent marker!
These are easy ways to revamp and improve upon your existing jewellery to make them that much better.
Not sure where to end your necklaces? Then check out this post.