March 17, 2006, Newsletter Issue #168: Adding Sparkle To Parade Tack

Tip of the Week

You may not have the necessary $$$ for the silver trim, but you can make that metal trim appear silver, as it catches the light and then twinkles and sparkles. Applying a layer of either "gold fleck" or "silver fleck" nail polish to the metal pieces showing on your saddle and bridle (not the bit however....with the exception of the shanks on a curb bit). Apply enough to be seen and reflect light, but not so much that it appears like "runny silver or runny gold" metallica! When you apply the "fleck" strategically on the metal, it gives a great highlight and finish to otherwise "plain" western tack. Apply very carefully, remember to apply a little at a time. You can always add more if necessary, but it is harder to have to completely remove all, and start all over again! When it comes time to remove, use Q-tips and small cotton balls with nail polish remover and carefully remove so to not stain the leather. DO NOT APPLY either color to the mouthpiece of a bit, EVER!

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