Here is what happened to that lovely, lovely button after it was washed and dried:
There’s just a tiny bit of blue left on the right side. I’m sure there is some product you could use to recover it–Rustoleum or a Martha Stewart product or something like that. Realistically, I’ll probably just leave it, because I like the form of the button. Still, if you have “fix-it” suggestions, maybe I’ll attempt it in the future.
The other item I want to show you are these vintage buttons. Now, I’ll admit, this pair of pants did say “Dry Clean Only”. (I often ignore “Dry Clean Only”…) It’s a great vintage pair of wool pants that had some stains, so I decided to soak them and then air dry them to get the stains out. Thanks to OxyClean, that worked, but the buttons, which used to be a lovely turquoise like the pants, are sort of…whitish, I guess you could say. Here they are:
This picture makes the pants appear duller than they are. They are sort of a light and dark turquoise check. The buttons were along those color lines, too. I wish I had a before picture, but I’m sure you can get the idea.
So, the long and short of it is, be careful! Test your buttons first in water, or plan to dry clean, or just be prepared either way for what might happen. I still plan to use the buttons above, but I’ll have more of an idea of what may happen in the future. Any vintage button lovers out there? Are there some principles we should know about concerning vintage buttons? I would love to have people comment with any knowledge they have in this area as it is fairly new to me.