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Old 01-15-2015, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hello, fine people of the forums,

I come bearing question. I bought a few nifty little things at last years' Christmas fair and one handmade broche-type thing got me intrigued because I wasn't able to figure out what they used to paint the thing with.

I am not an experienced craftsman but it has given me a few design ideas and am eager to learn so I can make my own.

Any and all help would be very appreciated. Thank you

Also sorry if I posted in the wrong forum.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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It almost looks like a ceramic glaze rather than a paint. The kind that needs to be fired in a kiln. Is the owl's body made of wood or a clay or plaster?
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It almost looks like a ceramic glaze rather than a paint. The kind that needs to be fired in a kiln. Is the owl's body made of wood or a clay or plaster?
Definitely wood, and the substance is soft enough that I am able to stick my nail into it.
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Hmmm. I can get a similar look with craft paint. The shiny "enamel" acrylic paints. Blob them on so they are built up like that and let it dry. It would take several days to dry, and would be soft enough to push your fingernail into. Instead of using a paintbrush, use a toothpick (or even an eyedropper or syringe type tool) to blob the paint on.
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Alrighty, I'll give it a shot and see what results I can get. Thank you very much for your help.
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Will do!
Currently I'm having a bit of trouble tracking down the right type of enamel paints. Are they supposed to be dedicated towards crafting or would your basic fence-painting substance work just as well?
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As long as it is an "enamel". I don't think the fence-painting type would work as it is designed to flatten itself. The enamel type paints are designed so they can be built up so you get the "puffy" effect. I've seen them at WalMart, and I'm sure you could find them at a craft store like Michael's or JoAnn's.
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I was roaming Michaels today and noticed enamel paint. In the same area as the little bottles like Folk Art. I imagine that all Micheals stores would have the same products for the most part. (I mean, I doubt my Canadian store would be much different than Gremlin's American one)
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Gremlin, do you think it could be embossing powder? I'm not sure if it's used on wood, but it does end up shiny like that.

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