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Rusty Headband 
10th-May-2014 11:42 am
Hey guys; long time no post. I come to you all today with a problem; my Btssb Princess Drop headband is rusty.

At first I thought it was because of where I was storing it, a metal cake stand that while painted is beginning to rust at the joins, but even after removing it and storing it in wood new rust spots are still appearing. I have it in cream so the rust is rather noticible

What can I do? Is there anyway to remove the rust or treat it so more doesn't appear? Where should I keep it to keep it dry, I mean is it going to have to live in my hot water cupboard?

If anyone else has ever had this problem or has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.
10th-May-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
I don't have any tips for removing the rust on your headband, but maybe you could store it in a plastic bag with some dry rice in it? The rice should absorb any moisture. Or you could use silica gel if you have any lying around. I use this trick to store vegetable and flower seeds, so it may work for your headband. :)
10th-May-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
White vinegar should remove the rust if it's on metal (I don't know what your headband looks like though, so I'm assuming it's got rust on metal and not fabric). Wipe the rusted metal bits, if it has them, with a bit of white vinegar on a piece of cloth and let it sit to dissolve. Wipe off and rinse clean, or dab with a clean moist cloth, and dry with a soft cloth. Dry it completely, by the way.
As for where to store it, it's best to have it in a cool and dry place. Lacemosher's suggestion is a very good one and I recommend that as well.
10th-May-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm going to second lacemosher's suggestion with the rice!
To get rid of the rust stains, maybe try treating it gently with Oxyclean? I managed to clean some lace on a bonnet with it pretty well!
10th-May-2014 02:31 am (UTC)
I think it will keep rusting no matter where you store it now. The problem is that it has rust on it- rust spreads. So, even if you are storing it somewhere dry I think the rust will continue to spread. I know that some people take out the metal off their headbands and replace them with plastic as soon as they buy them; of course it's too late for that but you should probably do that now. As for the stains...they may not come out but since it's cream I think bleach is going to be your best bet. It's better to have certain parts be a little whiter than bright orange. You could try Oxyclean first but in my experience it doesn't do much.
10th-May-2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
If I could give you one little advice...Please don't use bleaching products !!

If you use those kind of products, your headband, even if it's cream tinted will end with a bad...really bad yellowish color. And it can also damage the fabric itself.
Please use something like this , it won't damage your piece, and it's really effective !

And... Why not putting some transparent nail polish on the problem, after cleaning it? It will prevent from oxydation !

I sincerely hope this will help you ;)

Edited at 2014-05-10 02:03 pm (UTC)
10th-May-2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
These are really good tips, especially about the transparent nail polish! Rust is primarily caused by exposure to the air over time, so covering the metal will help prevent that. In order to get to of the ruty appearance you could always use a cream colored nail enamel all over.

Also, I second the suggestion to not use bleach! That could ruin everything easily!
10th-May-2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
As far as keeping it dry, save any silica gel packets you may get from ordering stuff and add them into the wood box you have now- that's what they were designed to do (wick away moisture from products) and they're much more effective than rice. My boss even uses them for insect/flower taxidermy, gross heh
11th-May-2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
If your headband is the type that is covered entirely by fabric (not glued onto the metal), I recommend taking out the metal headband and replacing it. That's the most effective way I know of to fix the rust. Alternatively, if it's really unsalvageable, you could unpick the bow part and turn it into a barette or hairclip instead.

By the way, rust forms faster when the weather is hot and humid, so I think you should not store it in the hot water cupboard as it's hot there. The rice bag seems a much better idea.
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