How To Apply Enamel Paint

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Enamel paint is extremely tricky to use. It's a very unpredictable medium but once perfected, its advantages are unachievable by other painting media. It has a long-lasting slick-shine, glossy or semi-glossy finish that sticks well to metals like gold and copper, stones, jewels and ceramics depending on the fusion tendencies of the materials. It can be used in different art projects including fresco painting, jar designs, furniture, hand-crafted items like earrings, charms and bracelets, pocket watches and other kinds of jewelry. That process of enameling jewelry is a method that is able to create fine, intricate images using glass powder that is thinly crushed and heated.

It has been established that enamel is complexly applied on materials to create one-of-a-kind little pieces of adornments, decorative objects like lawn gnomes, fancy plates for display, and statues. It can also be used to paint cookware, kitchen pots and professionally made handcrafted kitchenware.

If you want to try your hand at enamel painting, here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Prepare your area. Select a workplace where enamel can dry better and where there is good enough ventilation to prevent suffocation or light-headedness from the potentially harmful chemicals that exude from the enamel.
  2. Start by applying a coat of primer on the material. This keeps it from growing mold, rusting and warping in time. It also keeps the following coat of enamel smooth and glossy when painted over the material.

    If spray paint is unavailable, always use a clean, new varnishing brush that is free of dust and foreign elements that may stick onto the canvass or material. Ensure this by rinsing it with turpentine prior to use. For jewelry that requires painting fine details, use a fine, pointed brush. Be certain of the details you are going to put into your work before applying enamel because enamel is thicker than water-based paint, making it hard to remove if alterations are to be done. You may now begin painting. Adding thinner into the mixture will remedy this by regulating the consistency of the enamel and helping it spread smoothly and evenly across the surface of the material.

  3. Start at the center of attraction and work your way outwards. Do not leave the main interest of the item to be painted last because it will be a waste of time to repeat everything else when you made a mistake in that most important bit.
  4. When you're happy with your work, apply a layer of sealant over the entire piece. A sealant is a glutinous substance that gives any material a solid, sealed finish. It prevents dust, smoke and other air particles that may stick themselves to the enamel-painted material. Without it, the object will be easy to flake and corrode. This will also reduce the smell of enamel.
  5. Leave to dry in an open-air space untouched for at least thirty to forty minutes.


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