Katherine Hayes ’92 ["Worth Saving"] offers some tips for fixing items instead of replacing them:
To shine silver jewelry: Rub with toothpaste (not gel). The same polishing properties that keep your teeth pearly white can give your silver jewelry a renewed sparkle.
To mend broken ceramics: Fill any gaps caused by missing pieces with mosaic tile grout (not sanded). Mix acrylic paint into the grout to match the ceramic item’s color.
To stop a small hole in a knit fabric: Thread a needle with a color that matches the fabric, use it to pick up bits of yarn around the edge of the hole, pull the thread tight, and tie a knot on the underside of the fabric.
To resize a ring: Use a layer of epoxy along the inside edge of the band to give a loose ring a snug fit. Adjust the length of the layer of epoxy until the fit feels right.