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Project

Using No-Bake Enamel Paint

Introduction

The key to a successful cure and a consistent finish is the perfect mixture of one part color to two parts activator. Squeeze dime-size drops onto a silicone mat, then mix with a toothpick. (If you mix your own shades from the paints, just make sure to keep the activator-color ratio at 2 to 1.)

Sources

Jewelry enamel, in Green Olive, Camellia Pink, Habanero Red, and Shadow, $8 for 1/2 oz.; jewelry enamel activator, $13 for 1 oz.; and silicone mat, $10; by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com

Materials

  • Brass blanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Enamel-paint color and activator
  • Silicone mat
  • Toothpick

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Clean brass blanks with rubbing alcohol.

  2. Step 2

    Mix color and activator on mat, as shown. Lay a blank flat and use toothpick to move paint around to cover surface. Work right up to the edge; paint will pool and form a slightly rounded surface. If blank has a hole, clear it with toothpick.

  3. Step 3

    Let cure for 72 hours before handling.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2014

Reviews (5)

  • Princess and the Warrior 11 Jun, 2014

    Could this product be used to fix a piece of enameled jewelry that has chips in it (there's distinct areas - a few mm each in which the enamel is missing)? I suppose the biggest issue would be the depth - if you use multiple coats of this, letting each one dry in between, could you create a thick enough piece to match real enamel? It's a ring that I like but I don't LOVE enough to have it repaired professionally by someone who does real enameling.

  • Heather Gillbanks 18 Apr, 2014

    I managed to find some colors at Michael's in the clearance section. Also found some additional colors at Tuesday Morning. The good news is they are seriously cheaper than they were originally! The downside is, not the selection one might hope. I really marvel that this product lasted such a short time only!!!

  • marnr 26 Feb, 2014

    I really want this product. But Michael's is saying they cleared it out a month ago, along with the entire Martha Stewart Jewelry line. It was an exclusive, is someone else going to start carrying these products now?

  • Critifur 29 Jan, 2014

    The only problem is that no Michael's in my area carries the product or knows what I am asking for when I have gone in to the store or inquire about it over the telephone. I would really like to try this product but I am unable to get my hands on it.

  • Dswish 18 Jan, 2014

    This is without a doubt one of the most ingenious products to hit the crafting market in years. Aside from powdered glass heat fired enamel there is nothing like this that I've seen. It is has an extremely durable, hard, chip resistant finish. I only wish the products were sold in other colors or maybe sold in sets of multiple colors. Right now buying the colors individually can be a little pricey. I also love how they form a permanent bond with the metal yet peel right of the silicone mat.