Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2014
Clean brass blanks with rubbing alcohol.
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.
Let cure for 72 hours before handling.
Enamel-paint color and activator
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.)
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