One of the best things about hearing from all of you is learning what some of your crafting issues are and how we can help you trouble shoot them. With all the comments we have been receiving in response to my original glass paint post, and Jodi's Martha Stewart Craft Paint post, I thought this would be a great opportunity to gather, summarize, and answer some of your frequently asked questions.
To start, here are questions that overlap about both the craft and glass paint lines.
What is the difference between Martha Stewart Glass Paint and Martha Stewart Craft Paint?
An important thing to know is that both lines of paint are compatible with the stencils and silkscreens we have made; this means that the silkscreens and adhesive stencils you find in the glass aisle can also be used with craft paint, and vice versa. This will offer you more options for artwork. Be sure to check out both aisles!
Curing Instructions for Martha Stewart Glass Paint and Martha Stewart Craft Paint
All of the paints in both our Craft and Glass Paint follow the same curing instructions:
Air cure for 21 days OR bake in an oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (for full details on baking techniques click here).
There are a few exceptions to this rule:
- Do not bake any of our paints that contain glitter (Fine Glitter Glass Paint, Glitter Craft Paint and Coarse Glitter Craft Paint). These should follow air curing instructions.
- Do not bake any of our specialty effects found in our Craft Paint Line such as our Fine Crackle Effect, Weather Crackle Effect, White Texture Effect, Glitter Texture effect, etc.
- Only bake glass that is oven safe.
- Always heat your glass objects gradually; start in a cold oven and never handle your piece until completely cooled
- Do not allow any painted area to come into contact with another surface while oven-curing.
- Only plan on baking your item once. Repeated baking at that high temperature will compromise the integrity of the paint and make it brittle and more susceptible to marring and chipping.
Are Martha Stewart Crafts and Glass Paints food safe?
No, The Martha Stewart Craft Paints and Glass Paints are non-toxic, but they have not been approved for contact with food. Therefore, we do not recommend using them for areas that will come into contact with someone’s mouth or direct contact with food. When working on a glass or ceramic drink ware, be sure to tape or mask a lip line approximately 0.8” or 2cm from the top of the drinking vessel. And when working on a glass or ceramic plate that will come in contact with food, be sure not to apply the finish on the food area of the plate; add a design on the rim only or in reverse on the backside of the plate.
How do I fix mistakes I've made while painting?
You can always remove our paint while it is still wet simply by washing it or wiping it off. The only exceptions are when you are applying craft paint to fabric or wood, that will not be removable once applied. Be sure to wear an apron or an old t-shirt while crafting!
If you have already let you paint dry on your hard surfaces like glass and ceramic you may remove it with a blade or scraper. We have one here that already has a safe handle attached.
What are all the types of Martha Stewart Glass paint, and what do they do?
In the Martha Stewart Glass program, we have 5 different finishes of paints: Gloss Opaque, Gloss Metallic, Gloss Transparent, Frost Translucent, and Fine Glitter Translucent. All of them are made with a thicker paint formula to allow you the option of creating traditional "leaded" lines for you to fill in with our Liquid Fill paints. Liquid Fill paints are an additional formula of paint, with a different consistency from the rest of the line.
- Gloss Opaque: These are our opaque colors that are great for general painting, silkscreening, stenciling, making leaded lines, and for spraying.
- Gloss Metallic: These are our metallic colors that are great for general painting, silkscreening, stenciling, making leaded lines, and for spraying.
- Gloss Transparent: These are our transparent colors that are great for general painting, silkscreening, stenciling, making leaded lines, and for spraying.
- Frost Translucent: This is a paint that has a "frosty" sea glass texture like this. It's great for large surfaces and for stenciling, and even better for spraying. However, because it has a raised texture, I would not recommend silkscreening on top of a frosted surface. Your silkscreen will not adhere as easily and will cause your artwork to bleed.
- Fine Glitter Translucent: These are our fine glitter paints that have a smaller particle size than our original glitter paint in the craft line. The glitter paint will go through our silkscreens and spray systems. It is translucent because light will still pass through the areas you paint.
- Liquid Fill paints: These are transparent paints were designed to work with our paintable clings. It is best to use this paint on flat surfaces because it has a flowing consistency and is meant to flood recessed areas within leaded lines.
Keep asking those questions, and stay tuned for more tips and answers to your FAQs. For more information on our craft and glass paints, click here.
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