I love to embellish quilts and runners with buttons…but not if they leave nasty STAINS!! (See yesterday’s post!) I had to come up with a test to tell the good buttons from the buttons that stain!
These are those the bleeding buttons off my ‘Let It Snow’ quilt. I soaked the ‘stain making buttons’ in water and sandwiching them in paper towels but after an hour… nothing! They left no stain on the towels at all!
So I donned my white coat, went to my lab and got out my button testing chemicals~ some Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol and Nail Polish Remover…and I put those nasty buttons to the test! Here’s what I found out…
The Q-Tip with Rubbing Alcohol was even browner…
But it was the Nail Polish Remover that did the trick! Just LOOK at what the Q-tip soaked in Nail Polish Remover rubbed off! Imagine finding THAT mess on a quilt that you spent months making!
By this time I was having too much fun playing Mad Scientist… so I put that Nail Polish Remover through it’s paces and tested several buttons and it really does work…Out of the seven randomly selected buttons…three buttons were good (see the three top right buttons). The bottom right button was TERRIBLE and the remaining three were moderate bleeders. EUREKA!! WE HAVE NOW GOT A BLEEDING BUTTON TEST!!
Hmmm…maybe I should bottle this STUFF and make a million dollars! Yup…for only $15.99 you could have your own bottle of Bleeding Button Blaster! Just send cash or cheque…to The Mad Scientist c/o Sweet P Blog! Nahhh…for YOU it’s FREE…but only if you have Nail Polish Remover in your cabinet!
Now if you don’t own any Nail Polish Remover then don’t go out and buy some…because I noticed that the matte, dull buttons were the REAL bleeders and the shiny buttons were usually good. So put those nasty matte buttons into a pretty jar and look at them…those shiny buttons are the ones to use!
Hope you have fun Blasting your Bleeding Buttons!!
PS…Do you think I have too much time on my hands?? :o) P