Easy Faux Enamel!

I am so pleased that we now carry Alcohol Inks and Acrylic Paint Dabbers by Ranger Ink. There is so much fun and creativity to be had with these products. Besides all the painting and paper art fun you can have with these inks and paints, there is a myriad of possibilities with jewelry. The thing I’m most excited about is being able to make a faux enamel effect on metal with acrylic paint, alcohol ink and water-based dimensional glazes.

I decided to play around with some of the inks on a piece of antique brass sheet metal. I colored the metal by randomly dropping ink onto the surface and then tilted the sheet metal to move the ink around. The alcohol inks certainly make a mess, but the finished effect is worth it! I decided I wanted to make little colored charms for use in a necklace or bracelet. Once the ink was dry, I punched out small circles with a disc cutter. I then made small holes in the circles with a hole punch and gently guided some Glossy Accents over the surface to create a more finished enameled effect.

Look how wonderfully they turned out. I can’t wait to attach them to chain using jump rings, and then I’ll have my very own faux enamel charm bracelet.

Till next time – Sam

13 comments to Easy Faux Enamel!

  • the tutorial is detail and the effect is not bad.

  • Those charms look lovely!

  • Kimberly

    This is really cool. Very nice!

  • Karen

    VERY cool! Darnnit… wish you’d never started this blog as you keep costing me money trying these gorgeous ideas! LOL! :) No really, love the blog and all the posts!

  • Deb

    I love these. I have tons of alcohol ink. I need to try this.

  • I agree with your details , wonderful post.

  • Ellen

    is that metal thing in the picture the disc cutter? I’ve never seen or even heard of it.

    I have to do this!!

  • FusionBeads.com

    Hi Ellen! Yes! There is a disc cutter in the photo! For more information on this item, check out our great disc cutting technique tutorial! http://www.fusionbeads.com/Disc-Cutting
    Happy Beading!

  • Karen Jones

    Question: I have hard=drives from our old computers, they are these discs. I did manage to cut one with my disc cutter, suckers are thick! Anyway, could this effect work on these??

    Thanks in advance.

    Karen Jones

  • FusionBeads.com

    Hi Karen! Great question. A good rule of thumb is if the metal is not black it will work fine. If it is black you won’t really be able to see the ink as it’s transparent! I hope this helps.
    Happy Beading

  • Christine Marks Jeffery

    Will you try the inks on Lucite flowers (for earrings) I want a watery effect, , and permanent. I have tried various inks and they all seem to come out a solid colour. The effect I’m looking for can be found on several sites under – Lucite flowered Earrings Lucite is a plastic acrylic material.
    Thank you

  • FusionBeads.com

    Hi Christine. Thank you for your note. We used to carry lucite flower beads. They are indeed very beautiful. We unfortunately had to discontinue the line because we could not find a reliable source.

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