Resin, Jewelry and Leather Care
Resin is pretty hard-wearing but to get the best out of your pieces and ensure they last a lifetime please try to adhere to the following advice. This will keep your pieces looking their best and save you from having to pay for the piece to be replaced.
If your piece has dulled or scratched (usually because of chemicals, perfume or scraping), you can apply a top coat with No Wipe Top Coat UV Nail Polish (click here). You will need a UV nail lamp to cure it. If this doesn’t work out for you, we can always remove this if necessary. Usually for a repair it is easier for us to remake the piece from scratch, recycle the metal from the first piece and return the original resin piece.
If your piece has yellowed then it will need to be remade from scratch; please be very very careful to follow all the instructions below to keep it looking its best for as long as possible.
- Try to avoid bumping and scratching or sleeping in your resin jewellery. This could damage your piece. If your piece has an accident, pop me a photo and I will give you some advice. I am able to repair or recast for a fee, including pieces from other makers, so long as the resin has not had a reaction to something.
- Do NOT submerge your jewellery pieces in water. Resin is NOT waterproof, only water-resistant. So please remember to remove your jewellery before showers, swimming, washing up etc.
- Store your jewellery out of direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause the resin to discolour and soften.
- Avoid exposing your jewellery to harsh chemicals and cleaning products. This includes perfume, hair spray, cleaning solutions, nail polish remover, antibacterial hand sanitizer etc. Solvents will react with the epoxy and cause it to become scaly, yellow, chip or break down completely.
Jewelry pieces will experience discoloring over time due to factors such as exposure to moisture, chemical and air. Unfortunately, tarnish is an inevitable occurrence but you can take some precautionary measures to ensure your pieces last longer.
Follow these simple steps to care of your gold or silver plated jewelry:
- Remove your jewelry before showering, swimming or exercising.
- Allow perfume, lotions and creams to be absorbed into skin before putting on your jewelry.
- After use, clean jewelry gently with a soft dry cloth to remove skin oils and dust.
- When not in use, store your jewelry separately in cool, dry place to prevent oxidation.
- Avoid rubbing plated bracelets and necklaces against each other.
- Try to prevent plated rings from knocking into counter tops or rubbing against car keys buried in pockets and purses.
Our fabrics and materials are carefully chosen for their texture and character. A little tender loving care goes a long way in preserving the condition of your leather jewelry. Leather does change with wear. Your natural oils and using the jewelry daily will age the leather. However, much like a good wine, it only gets better with age!
Here are some simple tips for keeping your leather looking and feeling new for longer:
- Leather should not be worn in water. It wont’ wreck it if you do, and some love the look it gives, however, for the longevity of your jewelry it is recommended to take it off before swimming or submersing it in water.
- In the case that it does get wet, let it dry naturally.
- Avoid excessive heat and humidity.