Cold enamel is the process of adding colour to metal without using the traditional method of heating glass of metal in a kiln or with a torch. You can add colour with cold enamel by decoupaging paper or fabric to metal. The effect looks like traditional enamel, but the results will be less durable and may yellow over time.
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Things you need
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Scissors or craft knife
- Paper or fabric
- Découpage glue
- Paint brush
- Epoxy resin (optional)
Make or select a piece metal with jewellery findings attached and a flat, clean metal surface to cold enamel.
Use 220-grit sandpaper to sand the surface of the metal you plan to cold enamel. Sanding the metal will allow the material you plan to cold enamel adhere better.
Wash the metal with soap and water to remove residue from sanding. Dry.
Select paper or fabric to use for your cold enamel. Use scissors or a craft knife to cut the paper or fabric to the exact size of the metal you will cold enamel.
Paint a layer of découpage glue on the prepared metal. Place the cut paper or fabric on the metal. Press the paper or fabric onto the metal until the paper or fabric adhere to the metal. Allow the glue to dry.
Use a paint brush to paint of a thick, even layer of découpage glue over the paper or fabric. In the alternative, mix two parts epoxy resin and pour the resin over the fabric or paper until the resin domes. Allow the glue to dry overnight or according to the glue manufacturer's instructions. Add a second coat of either glue, if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Do not test the découpage glue with your fingers to see if the glue is dry or you may get unsightly fingerprints on the surface of your cold enamel.
- Use a heat lamp to hasten the drying time.
- Work in a well-ventilated space.
- Use gloves when working with glue and other chemicals.
- Avoid contact with eyes.
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