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Using No-Bake Enamel Paint

Photography: James Ransom

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2014


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.) You can also use nail polish instead of enamel-paint color and activator.


  • Brass blanks

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Enamel-paint color and activator or nail polish

  • Silicone mat

  • Toothpick


  1. Clean brass blanks with rubbing alcohol.

  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. Let cure for 72 hours before handling.

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