You’re probably sick to death of hearing about my silver hardware neurosis, but just in case you missed the memo: I wear no gold. Carry no handbags with goldtone hardwear. Buy no shoes with brass accents. I am 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 buy vintage stuff off Etsy that looks silver, but turns out to be faded gold. Sometimes the perfect piece of costume jewelry has one little brass bit that makes me twitch with dismay. And now, I need not deny myself these cheap, fun impulse purchases. I have found the solution!
(Also comes in gold, copper, pale gold,
and something called “red shimmer” for all your shimmery red … stuff.)
$3 – $10
A couple of months ago, Lucky recommended these for touching up worn hardware on handbags. The silver paint is a bit bright for most of my hardware, which has aged and grown a bit gray. But it has worked perfectly for another project.
Here are the brown wedges that I nabbed from eBay to replace my sadly surrendered Lydia wedges. 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 …