How to make cheap silver paint

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How to make cheap silver paint
Create silver paint for craft projects using glitter. (Zffoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Getting the shine of silver on a craft project can be tough if you don't want to spend the extra money on designer paints, especially for a small area that won't need a full can of paint. You can make your own shiny silver paint with extremely fine glitter, known as extra-fine, ultra-fine or micro-fine, depending on the manufacturer. The result is a smooth, paint-like coating without the expensive emulsions that commercial paints use. The key to homemade silver paint is applying a good base coat and using the finest glitter possible.

Things you need

  • Grey paint
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Extra-fine silver glitter
  • Plastic container
  • White school glue
  • Stick

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  1. 1

    Paint the surface you want to turn silver with grey paint. This provides a base coat in case any of the surface shows through your homemade silver paint. Use a brush or roller to get a smooth, even coat.

  2. 2

    Place enough silver glitter to cover the surface you want to paint in a plastic container. Use the finest silver glitter you can find -- it's more expensive than the rough kind, but the smaller pieces of glitter will make a smoother paint.

  3. 3

    Add white school glue to the container slowly, stirring a little in at a time. Remember that the glue will dry clear, so don't worry about it coating the glitter with white and dulling its shine. Keep mixing in glue until the mixture is just liquid enough to spread with a brush, but still more glitter than glue.

  4. 4

    Paint the glitter mixture over your grey base coat and allow it to dry completely. If the glitter is too thin and too much of the base shows through, mix up another batch with less glue and add another coat.

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