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How to Burnish Ornaments

Burnish ornaments to make them really shine on your tree this holiday season.

Photography: Christopher Baker

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Water-based size

  • Wide, soft paintbrush

  • Mica powder

  • Tin (for catching excess mica powder)

  • Dust mask


  1. Brush ornament with water-based size. Let set 10 to 15 minutes until tacky.

  2. Use a wide, soft paintbrush to apply mica powder, working over tin to catch excess. (Always wear a dust mask when working with mica powder.)

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