I have always been a huge fan of enameled jewelry in fashion, and was so excited when we started developing our new Craft Jewelry Enamel. It is the first air-cure, nail-hard, durable, and high gloss enamel available to crafters. You can use it to personalize or update jewelry that you already own or it can be used with our enameling blanks to create something completely new. Below is a step by step how-to so you can really see how it works. In the coming weeks I will be sharing more project ideas and crafts using Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Enamel. Here is a coupon for 20% off your entire jewelry purchase at Michaels. We would love to see what you are making! Send us your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org
To use our jewelry enamel, you need two essential components:
1) the enamel color (color of your choice)
2) the activator (clear liquid)
The enamel will not dry or work without the activator, so remember to pick this up at the same time at the store. You need two parts activator to enamel, which is why the activator comes in a larger quantity. The fine tip top makes it easy to squeeze out perfect dots so you can easily count and measure the perfect 2:1 ratio. 2 parts activator to 1 part color.
You can work directly on our Martha Stewart Crafts Silicone mat. While wet, jewelry enamel is easy to clean off your surface just simply by using nail polish remover and a paper towel. This applies to both your work surface as well as your enameled piece as a way to undo mistakes. For example, if you paint your piece and are not satisfied with the application, you can still remove it with nail polish remover as long as it has not fully cured.
I like to use toothpicks to mix my enamel color because they are disposable and I tend to mix a lot of colors. In the first photo you can see I have 2 drops activator to 1 drop enamel color (Pool). Use a toothpick to mix thoroughly.
Once your jewelry enamel is thoroughly mixed you can apply it to your metal piece (it should be cleaned and prepared by wiping down with rubbing alcohol and cotton ball or cloth). There are 2 different techniques that you can use to apply the enamel.
1) If you use your enamel straight away after mixing, it is a little "looser" and may create more of a translucent effect on your piece on curved surfaces. You will still achieve an opaque effect on flat surfaces.
2) If you wait 3 hours after mixing but before use, your enamel will have had time to thicken and will have more "body" which creates a more opaque effect (this is the best technique on surfaces with a slight curve)
Using your toothpick, carefully paint in the desired areas with the enamel.
You might notice some pooling in some areas. This is natural because the enamel is fluid and settles by itself. If it starts to overflow in areas, use your siliconetip tool and wipe away any excess. Use nail polish remover or simply wipe to clean off your tool after use.
Now that you've finished painting your piece, you should leave it to dry. Your enamel can take anywhere between 24-72 hours to dry completely depending on the humidity in your environment. If your enamel never dries completely, that means your mix did not have enough activator in it and you should try again. It should dry to a glossy, non-tacky, nail-hard state. If it is still very wet don't worry you can clean it off with an acetone based nail polish remover and start new.
Tip: To make sure your enamel has dried, you should keep the leftover enamel you mixed on the side. Test it by touching it with a toothpick and checking to see if it has cured before handling your own piece. That way you can check and see if your enamel has dried before you ruin your piece with finger prints!
After your piece is completely cured, you can add rhinestones for extra flair and use your jewelry pliers, jump rings, and silver chain to complete your craft!
You can also mix our enamels to make countless custom colors! I recommend mixing your colors individually first with the activator, then combining them. This helps you reduce the amount of enamel you waste while mixing and helps ensure you have the right amount of activator. Again, easy cleanup with an acetone based nail polish remover (Tip: let your enamels dry completely on the mat and then just peel it off later!).
Stay tuned for more project ideas and crafts with Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Enamel. Grab this coupon and get 20% off your entire jewelry purchase at Michaels. We've been so inspired by what people have been making out there; keep it coming!
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