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.

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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 ❤

Fantastical Friday: Dark Valentine

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Today’s wishlist was brought to you from Amazon, because it’s my go to source for random & weird things I like, when other shops I frequent may only have 1 or 2 items that would fit the bill. I didn’t find a lot for the guys out there, though I admit I could have looked a bit harder, but I got distracted with things I want…. LOL.

I hope everyone has a wonderful V-day! Perhaps you’ll find this listing useful or perhaps your special someone will, especially if your tastes run to the dark side of bling. (totally random Star Wars-esk joke…. but I stand by it, LOL)

dark-valentine1) 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)

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Fantastical Friday: A Few Random LARP Accessories

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It’s been a while since I explored some of the LARP options available at Amazon, my usual site to explore for odds & ends I’m unlikely to find at any of my other favored shops. I do love my games & a little fantasy never hurt anyone, lol. 😉 You’ll find that most of these items are pretty practical & might even come in handy for a Renaissance Fair (not to mention various convention looks). I hope you get as much enjoyment out of an occasional break from the pressures of reality as I do, stay safe & stay sane. 😉

larp-accessories1) Deluxe Leather Cup Can Water Bottle Drink Holder Black ($9.99)
2) Renaissance Suede Leather Forest Evergreen Petite Medieval Belt Pouch ($12.99)
3) Angle Scabbard ($14.99)
4) Pardao Medieval Coin Purse ($21.99)
5) Atlantean Wristband ($24.99)
6) Kunai Scabbard ($33.99)
7) Armor Venue Leather Swordsman Vambraces ($35)
8) Leather Gourd ($37.99)
9) Studded Elven Bracers Pair Cordura ($39.99)

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Fantastical Friday: Happy Holidays!

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Much like last year I would like to wish everyone a joyous season & an incredible new year! I’m giving everyone my positive thoughts & hoping we’re all very successful in the coming year. ❤ Here’s a cool Santa I found at this page, consider this post a holiday card from me to you. 😉

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Fantastical Friday: Sweet Unboxing

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Finally, I’m back. New computer came in & something else really cool turned up too! A bit back I had entered a contest on twitter being held by Dark Horse Comics & shock of all shocks, I was one of the winners. I said it was shocking because I haven’t won anything of note for 23 years, lol. I didn’t do a video or anything, just took pics of the basic steps & edited the pics for text & some emoji I placed (please forgive the flash). So here goes, my first unboxing for this blog 😀

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Not a big reveal, but the initial opening does hint at some of the treasures inside. My excitement was running over a bit at this point, LOL.

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A charming move on their part, they included a card that thanked me for being a fan & wished me a joyful holiday. ❤

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We all know I love zombie stories & this one appears to be along similar lines, so this should be an epic & exciting read. Like all the manga I have encountered before the book is composed in reverse from the standard western order.

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The flash made his feet disappear, so I felt it wasn’t outrageous to place the emoji over the glow. As I’m not a serious collector, I tend to take things out of their packages, so this sinister guy is now decorating my desk. I am impressed with his texturing & careful paint job. Also looking forward to the final battle in Game of Thrones, when our story reaches its climax.

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Dark Horse does a lot of movie & show based comics, so it isn’t really that shocking that they have Fight Club. It was surprising that it’s hardcover, which is quite nice. Looking forward to reading this one as well, especially as it implies that it is a continuation of the story.

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Well, this is intriguing. The cover is simple & compelling, can’t wait to crack it open to find out what happens.

This blog contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. I am not affiliated with Dark Horse Comics, but encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already. 😉 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 ❤

Fantastical Friday:In World Cosplay

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. SmallWorlds avatar. There are unique challenges to cosplay in that particular world, as you are restricted to available clothing & wear options, so imagination is necessary to make it work. I have a few personal quirks too, there are things about my avatar I never change, so my skin tone & whatnot does not always align  with the expectations of a particular character. I do frequently change my hair, hair color & makeup options to suit a specific role. Within these restrictions I have put together a Thor, based on the current female Thor of the comics. I have 2 images, the first shows the costuming more clearly & the second features the lightning fragrance, which obscures the costume a bit, but adds an effect to the whole thing. There is only 1 red cape, that isn’t a rare I do not own, but it would be unsuitable anyway, having a lightning bolt on the back (the rare has a beta symbol, also rendering it very not right). With the cape issue I decided to use a scarf to hint at the borders of a cape around my neckline. Naturally, numerous other compromises had to be made, but overall I am very satisfied with the final outcome. Originally, I had planned to take screenshots of the various component pieces, but with the holiday & work I’m running super short on time to compile the images, so I’m just sticking with the completed ensembles.

thor01Always On:
Moda Diamond Ring
Fringe Roses Half-Sleeve Tattoo
Fringe Butterfly Back Tattoo

Thor

Helmet of Acheron
Apex Snood Scarf
Fringe Short-sleeved Shirt
Play Fantasy Chest Armor
Punk Belt
Fringe Skinny Leather Pants
Apex Fur Collar Boots
Play Fantasy Battle Hammer

Embellishment:
Play Lightning Fragrance

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This blog contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. I am not an affiliate with SmallWorlds & personally gain nothing if you choose to follow my links to the game. 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: Warm Thoughts

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Recently the local weather turned to freezing temps & while it’s still likely we’ll have some warm days before winter truly claims us, it has me thinking of getting a little crafty & pulling out a crochet hook for some stylish warms. It’s been a while since I’ve made time & I’ve really been itching for a project lately. Hopefully soon I’ll get my hands on some yarn & start on some nice things to ramp up my chilly style through the frozen wonderland known as winter. 😉 Naturally, as the bug has been hitting me hard, I found myself wandering about fabrics.com & came across this lovely yarn.

ww15Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn 600 Bulldogs ($3.88/skein)

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 ❤