Ok, so I know this has nothing to do with jewelry but treasure hunting is my favorite thing to do. And although I usually only look for jewelry when I “treasure hunt, ” I spotted an amazing brass urn. I am slightly obsessed with things that feature lion heads and this was brass–exactly what decorates my bedroom. This item was found on my first ever trip to a local Goodwill. As luck would have it, everything was half off! Score! A $3 find is always the best…take a look at this DIY.
Most people probably would take one look at this and walk away because of the incredible tarnish it was covered in. I saw it, loved it, and immediately declared it as my little project. Here is how I cleaned it up:
1. Take an old wash cloth and cut it in half. One half will be used with the cleaning solution, the other will stay dry and act as a buffer.
2. Buy some brass polish at a local store–I bought mine from Bed Bath & Beyond.
3. Scrub the tarnished brass using the one half of the cloth dedicated to cleaning only, using dime-sized amounts at a time. Then buff using the dry cloth. Repeat this as many times until you see a shiny, bright surface underneath. Be patient!
* I left a few spots, especially around the lion’s face, with some tarnish remnants–it is somewhat impossible to get all the tarnish off 100%. I think it gives the decor some character anyway.