Looking After your Hair Accessories
I hope that you will be able to wear your bridal hair accessories and jewellery long after your wedding day. I think there really ought to be more every day crown wearing going on! However, for the days when you won't be wearing a crown, here are some tips for how to look after your headdress:
1) Keep you hair accessory in the box when it's not in use. My boxes are strong and designed to keep delicate hair accessories safe from damage and dust. Alternatively, your headpiece would look beautiful displayed under a glass dome but please keep out of direct sunlight. Naturally dyed silks will fade and some glass beads can discolour especially if left in sunlight.
2) I use a variety of metals from non tarnish raw brass, non tarnish silver plated wire, raw brass, copper and recycled sterling silver and gold. Tarnish is a natural process and will occur when metals are exposed to oxygen. Even non tarnish metals will eventually tarnish over time (several years depending on levels of humidity) if left out on display. The best way to prevent tarnish is to keep your headdress in an air tight box when not in use. I include anti tarnish patches with all my accessories which provides a level of protection for a short period or time - these can be replaced. Natural metals such as copper, raw brass and sterling silver will all tarnish over time and develop a richer, deeper patina. If you do not want this to occur, the best option is to put your headdress into its box and then put the box into an air tight container.
Can I Clean my Headdress or Hair Accessories?
This is a tricky one as most of my designs are incredibly intricate and fairly delicate so it would be difficult to clean an intricate headdress in the same way you might clean jewellery. With care, your headdress will last a life time and it is made to be passed to future generations but it does need to be cared for in the same way as you might care for precious jewellery or a delicate veil. Always keep your headdress in its box or in a display case. Avoid exposure to air for long periods of time to reduce the risk of tarnishing. If your headdress becomes dusty then use a soft artists' paintbrush to gently remove any dust. Avoid exposure to any chemicals as these can and will damage the delicate stones, pearls, crystals and glass beads used. Hairspray can do untold damage to precious stones, pearls and the coating on many glass beads and it accelerates tarnish on natural and plated metals. It is best to ensure that you hair accessory is positioned after hairspray and styling products have been used to avoid damage and disclouration. Please also avoid getting your headpiece wet - water shouldn't damage your headpiece but please do not immerse in water especially if any fabrics are used such as silk.