Painting Filigree Q and A

1. The paint on the filigree turned out streaky. How do I coat the filigree more evenly?

If you are applying paint with the dabber, make sure to press straight down onto the filigree rather than using strokes. If you still find streaks, let the paint dry, and apply a second coat. If you are applying paint with a brush, make sure to stipple the paint with a short dabbing motion, not a brush stroke. If you still find streaks, let the paint dry and apply a second coat.

2. I painted a dark filigree, and the paint color does not look as vibrant as I would like. How do I paint a dark filigree and retain the bright color of the paint?

To retain the bright color of paint when applying it to a dark filigree, you can first apply a base coat of Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, which is white. Another option is to apply multiple coats of paint onto the filigree.

3. How long do I have to wait for the acrylic paint to dry?

Acrylic paint dries in a matter of minutes when applied in a thin coat. You can expect acrylic paint applied to filigree to dry completely within 10 to 20 minutes.

4. How long do I have to wait for Diamond Glaze to dry?

A thin coat of Diamond Glaze on filigree can dry in minutes. You can expect Diamond Glaze applied to filigree to dry completely within 30 minutes.

5. I made a mistake while painting a filigree. Can I remove the paint, glitter and Diamond Glaze?

Acrylic paint and Diamond Glaze are both water soluble and can be removed with soap and water. Keep in mind that both products are not waterproof, so do not expose any painted filigree to excessive levels of water.

6. What type of surface can I set the filigree on for drying?

We recommend waxed paper as a drying surface, although foil and plastic plates work well, too. Do not use a surface that is fibrous, such as paper, paper towels or fabric, because the Diamond Glaze may adhere to these.

7. Why would I want to paint both the front and back of a filigree?

If you are using a painted filigree as a necklace pendant, you may choose to paint only the front side, as the back will not be visible. If you are using a painted filigree in an earring or bracelet design, the back may be visible, so you should paint both sides.

8. How do I apply paint only in the recessed areas of a filigree?

Apply paint to the entire filigree, then use a paper towel to wipe the paint while it is still wet. Make sure to wipe in multiple directions. The paint in the recessed areas will not wipe off. If you intend to apply glitter to the painted filigree, add the glitter immediately after you have wiped the filigree so that the paint will still be wet.

9. How do I thoroughly coat a three-dimensional filigree with paint?

It is difficult to use a paint brush or the sponge tip of an Acrylic Paint Dabber to apply paint to a three-dimensional filigree, such as a filigree bead cap, filigree bead or filigree charm. Instead, dip a foam brush directly into the paint bottle, and press the paint onto the filigree. Foam brushes are able to reach into the crevices of the filigree and coat it entirely with paint.

10. The sponge tips of my Acrylic Paint Dabbers are getting different paint colors on them when I paint with multiple colors. How do I keep the sponge tips clean?

To keep the sponge tips clean, wait for one color to dry completely on the filigree before applying the next color. Another alternative is to use a paint brush or foam brush to apply the paint instead of the sponge tip.

11. When should I use a paint brush to apply paint rather than a sponge dabber tip?

Use a paint brush to apply paint when you want to use multiple colors on the same filigree or when you want to paint precise areas of the filigree. The sponge tip of the dabber is a broad surface that will not coat small areas well.

12. I want to cover the entire filigree with glitter. How do I do this without the paint showing through?

Choose a paint color that matches the glitter you have selected so that it won’t stand out beneath the glitter. Paint the filigree, and apply a generous coat of glitter onto the wet paint. If you find that the filigree is still not adequately coated, mix glitter into the Diamond Glaze (in a mixing cup) before sealing the painted filigree.

13. I sprinkled glitter onto the filigree, but it didn’t stick. What did I do wrong?

If the glitter didn’t stick to the filigree, you probably waited too long to apply it. Acrylic paint dries very fast, so you must apply the glitter immediately following the application of paint while it is still wet.

14. How do I apply glitter only onto specific areas of the filigree?

To apply glitter to specific areas of the filigree, you can paint the entire filigree, let the paint dry, then apply an extra coat of paint on the areas that you want to cover with glitter. When you apply the glitter, it will stick only to the paint that is wet.

15. How do I apply a very thin layer of glitter onto the filigree?

To apply a thin layer of glitter, put very little glitter on your paint brush each time you dip it into the glitter. Another alternative is to mix a small amount of glitter into Diamond Glaze (in a mixing cup).

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