Unfortunately :/

Actually I’ll start this post on a positive note. I finally succeeded in getting my transfer at work, I’ve been trying to make this happen since the advent of October (yeah, it’s been that freaking long). Anyway, I’m thrilled with the new situation, but there is a catch. My work schedule is going to be a killer for a few weeks before it evens out. Due to this, I am not going to have the time to post for a bit & must take a few weeks off from this blog that I love. I will miss sharing, but there is little I can do at this time.

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Fantastical Friday: Sweet Review

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It’s well known that I love jewelry & the way the pieces look is often more important to me than the quality of materials used in its production. This leads to several problems, such as quick wearing away of the beautiful outer layer or the terrible color changing effects of skin to item contact. If I had metal sensitivities that would also be a problem & I’m certain that some of my readers do have this issue. I’ve tried various techniques & paint jobs in attempt to protect the treasures I am most fond of, which for a long time lead only to failure. Not one to give up on the things I love, I kept searching for a solution to the problem. Finally, I stumbled on a company that looked to totally understand where I was coming from & it’s called Everbrite, Inc (I am not affiliated with them, so I earn nothing if you follow my links, but if you love your faux pieces as much as I love mine, or want to keep your metals beautiful, you should check them out). They have an amazing product called ProtectaClear, which I ordered a small quantity  of for initial testing & it probably won’t be long before I order a larger amount (there is a wide selection of sizing).

I must note that I have not tried this product on necklaces or any other pieces with moving parts, so I cannot attest to it’s effectiveness under those circumstances (or whether or not it would fuse pieces that are meant to enjoy a certain amount of freedom). However, I have used it on a ring. Let me set the stage, I had purchased a ring, I knew it was not of the highest quality, but it sure was beautiful & captured my heart. Within a week the darker color of the metal began to rub off & within 2 weeks, despite having a coppery look, it began to blacken my finger (would’ve turned green if it were in fact copper), which was a super embarrassing situation. I tried a variety of solutions & found, it was very difficult to find a clear coating so I used clear nail polish (worked very well actually) but the effect was temporary, then looking for something better I considered metal paints, unable to find anything clear I went with black (as the original color of the ring was gunmetal dark), which could not protect the gemstone & started pealing off after a couple of weeks. I started to lose hope, nothing worked for very long & even the gemstone was losing luster. After many, many searches of my favorite sites & Googling of various phrasings relating to what I was looking for I finally found ProtectaClear, given that the product is by it’s very nature clear, I acquired a new copy of the ring, in attempt to preserve it in pristine quality.

ff01ProtectaClear 1 Oz. Can ($12.95)

This little bottle came with instructions, that they warned must be carefully followed for best results. Step 1: Polish the item. Okay, it was already polished & sparkly, it was brand new & obviously beautified for sale. Since that first step was optional & it wasn’t needed given the condition of the ring, I skipped it. Step 2: Clean with a solvent. This step is not optional & is in fact in original form quite wordy with a lot of blah blah blah warnings about things that might go wrong with the coats if you skip it. Luckily, I had some mineral spirits lying around from previous projects about the house, so I went outside (to spare the lungs of sensitive persons & the cats about the house) & set to work on cleaning my pretty, also using one of the sponges they had included in the box. Then I let it dry for several hours, solvents tend to dry quickly, but I was taking no chances & made sure my ring was bone dry before moving on to the next phase. Step 3: Paint, spray, or dip half of the item with the solution. I had planned ahead, the website had warned about the stuff coming into contact with plastic, so noted the small opening under the cap I had a small glass jar with a wide opening to pour the stuff into for dipping, as that was the strategy I had decided on. I also had a metal cup that I had purchased earlier with the idea of dangling the item to dry, so drips would not damage it. I then tore up a paperclip to use for dipping & dangling & proceeded with step 3. Step 4: Wait 2 hours to apply second coat, or wait 3 hours for the solution to be dry to the touch & apply to the other side. While I was letting the first coat dry I had to carefully remove attempts at drips, as I did not want permanent bubbles on my ring. Since I wanted to do both sides I waited 3 hours, it was not dry to the touch, so I gave it 3 more hours & it seemed to be in the right state at that point & I moved the paperclip & dipped the other end. I had to be even more careful while drying the second side as it was the side with the gemstone & metallic goings on, so I had to occasionally not only remove drips, but to also remove the areas where it tried to film over openings. So I waited 3 more hours, thinking I could do the second coat on the first side then…… Step 5: It takes 4 to 5 days for solution to fully cure, do not use the item before this time. The paperclip was stuck…. When I removed it, it had left a chink in the armor. So, what I did was apply the second coat to the top, again carefully making sure there were no drip patterns or films over openings, then I waited 5 days. After the top of the ring was fully cured I cleaned up the bottom of the ring & redid it’s coatings, with appropriate wait times between. I waited another 5 days for the bottom of my ring to cure & have been happily wearing it ever since (except at work, as my work is labor intensive & would damage it regardless). The dark color is still going strong with no sign of wear & tear (it’s been over a month of near continuous wear), it still sparkles just like it did when it came out of the box & my finger has zero hints of blackening.

I would recommend doing the coats on one side of the item(s), with appropriate intervals between, then waiting for that side to completely cure before moving on to the other side. This worked spectacularly well for me, whereas following their instructions about the other side did not work out at all, as the solution is only dry to the touch & not really dry at all until it cures. I am so very happy with my results, will totally use this product again & highly recommend it to others who have faced similar issues with their beloved costume jewelry. Hope this review was helpful & have a fantastical week! ❤

This blog contains affiliate links (to the right or below, depending on the device you’re viewing this with), should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. Not affiliated with Everbrite, Inc, except as a satisfied customer. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Watermelon Wednesday: Cotton Candy

Watermelon Wednesday

It can be good for the soul to change things up every now & then. You might get your hair or nails done, but there is something special about being able to do a radical change that is entirely temporary, in that you can take it off whenever you like. Wigs can be a great outlet for creative style expression & can certainly be wonderful for cosplay, LARPing, or just to do something fun & different for a day (or 2, or 3, LOL). A little self-indulgence in the way of fantasy never hurt anyone, as long as we don’t allow such whims to dominate our lives. Just take some time to revel in being different, to allow ourselves the freedom of being blatantly unusual to take some of the daily pressures off the table for a bit. Being comfortable with ourselves enough to be bold & noticed in this way helps to build confidence & release a bit of stress along the way. The sheer enjoyment of living in the moment, even if it is only for a moment, can go a long way to increasing our general happiness levels. Anyway, today’s spotlight is a lovely wig I found while browsing some of the sweeter (yep, just going to roll with the pun) selections available at Wigsbuy, a lovely piece suitable for a night (or day, as the case may be) on the town. 😉

ww26Pretty Lolita Hairstyle Long Curly Pink with Purple Mixed Synthetic Hair Cosplay Wig 28 Inches ($66.64)

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Magnificent Monday: Sheryl Crow

Magnificent Monday

Very few haven’t heard of this talented singer, song writer, but did you know that she has also been an elementary music teacher? Can you imagine growing up to realize that your music teacher went on to become a star in the industry? She hit the scene in ’93 & since has gone on to make hits in a variety of genres, she’s done pop, rock, folk, blues & country. She is also a breast cancer survivor & has regular checkups relating to a diagnosis of meningioma (which is benign, but must be monitored). Since she has become rather outspoken about cancer, in addition to her numerous other charity works with a wide array of causes. Sheryl is also a proud & devoted mother, having adopted 2 sons (whose birthdays are practically shared, being 3 years and a single day apart, lol).

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Her style runs from practical to flamboyant, but is always charming. It seems pretty rare (perhaps even never) to see her wearing a necklace, but she does seem to enjoy earrings, bracelets & rings. While only a few of the items I found for today’s wishlist remind me more directly of her style, I just had a little fun with the three main jewelry types she frequently wears. Everything in today’s collection was found on Walmart.com & some may be on clearance so I expect there to be limited numbers.

crow-inspired1) Tazza Shiny Gold Triple Interlocked Bangle ($10)
2) Steel Art Stainless Steel Rose Ring ($10)
3) 18kt White Gold-Tone Heart Ring ($10.79)
4) Pori Jewelers Sterling Silver Drop Earrings ($11)
5) Silver-Tone Textured Bangle Bracelets, 8-Piece ($12.98)
6) Sterling Silver Geometric Square Eurowire Drop Earrings ($13.08)
7) 20.00 Ct Oval & Round Purple Color Cubic Zirconias CZ Tennis Bracelet 7″ ($19.49)
8) Black Ombre Crystal Stainless Steel Bangle ($24)
9) Brinley Co. Butterfly Wrap Ring in Sterling Silver ($24.99)

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Fantastical Friday: Daydreaming Again

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Okay, so I’m kind of an escapist as I enjoy distracting myself from the general unpleasantness of certain facets of life (it’s how I keep stress from overwhelming me). Window shopping is one such outlet & recently I was browsing the selection at Tidebuy, which also ignited a craving for the return of spring. This lovely light dress just kind of stood out, almost begging to be worked into an outfit (I know, last week was an ensemble too, but it’s my blog & what I was inspired to do, so that’s what I’m doing, lol). When I post about this site I always use the full price, because while things are always on sale the exact percentage off varies a lot. For those of us who are more frugal (myself included) please don’t have sticker shock about the boots, while they are a tad more expensive than I would like the sale I was looking at while composing this post had them listed a bit less than $30, so don’t fret, if you like them as much as I do it is very unlikely you will have to fork over anything near their full cost. We all need a bit of whimsy in our lives & sometimes that can be found in something as simple as a trip to the park, or grilling out back with the family, whit this collection would be perfect for. 😉 I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, filled with the comforts of family & good weather. ❤

daydreaming2International Concepts Print Bohemian Maxi Dress ($29)
Black Rivets Chunky Heel Moto Boots ($105)
Pretty Retro Bohemian Crystal Peacock Alloy Women’s Earrings ($9)
Alloy Feather Pendant Multilayer Leather Rope Necklace ($9)
Vintage MultiLayer Woven Bracelet ($9)
Retro Alloy Leaves Five Pieces Ring Set ($17)

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Watermelon Wednesday: Sweet Bling

Watermelon Wednesday

It’s time again to find something lovely to spotlight from Billy the Tree & while they have a huge selection of wonderful pieces, it took me a while to find something that resonated with me personally. I am particularly fond of amethyst & not shelling out a fortune for my beautiful treasures, so these earrings made my preliminary list that would eventually be cut down to only them. They look & feel rather versatile, it’s easy to see them as either dressy or sophisticated casual. I hope you like them as much as I do. 😉

ww25Glass and Amethyst Drop Earrings on French Wire 925 Sterling Silver ($19.95)

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Magnificent Monday: Neneh Cherry

Magnificent Monday

This strong woman is perhaps best known for her collaborations than the handful of albums she’s made on her own, but she will always be special in her own right. Some even think that she disappeared from the  scene for 18 years, before her last solo album in 2014, but she has been working with others & helping to establish other groups. It seems so rare for a star to treat the music industry as more of a family, but that seems to be her way. ❤

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She has been known to work with the stylist, jewelry designer & art director, Judy Blame since the late ’80s. Neneh has also cited LL Cool J as a style influence. She’s complicated, eclectic & really appears to enjoy her jewelry. While I was searching around for an appropriate wishlist, I ended up having to use Amazon (again) & had to reject quite a few amazing pieces I thought were better suited to the listing due to being price prohibitive (they ranged from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand), but I think the result is still effective.

cherry-inspired1) Valentines Earrings Goth Red Dagger Earrings Handmade ($8.99)
2) Black Heart Rose Thorns Pendant Punk Goth Metal Heavy Duty Necklace ($9.99)
3) Valentine Red Heart Axe Goth Pendant Punk Gothic Necklace Rave Dark ($9.99)
4) Valentine’s Day Earrings Aurora Borealis Glass Cut Heart Handmade Iridescent Purple Pink ($12.99)
5) Black Sacred Heart Wing Chain Stone Goth Pendant Valentine Gothic Necklace ($12.99)
6) Steampunk Tassel Lace Choker Necklace ($14.99)
7) DaisyJewel Bronze and Purple Heart Angel Wings of Love Pendant Necklace ($20.99)
8) Black Cat Necklace Red Valentine Heart Pendant Handmade Jewelry ($26)
9) Coeur Du Morteur Pendant by Alchemy Empire: Steampunk ($44.96)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤