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Using Paint Dabbers

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Paint dabbers are a great way to apply paint to your metal objects without creating a huge mess!

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  1. Janna R
    Janna R says:

    No fuss ,no muss. Not too much… just enough!
    Many great colors and you NEED them ALL. (Or at least that is what my voices told me, ha.)

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Having a lot of fun with this method. Definitely works best with highly textured pieces. Also, I like to give a light buffing with 0000 steel wool or a polishing cloth when they are completely dry to bring back the shine to the high spots.

    Thanks so much for this great technique.


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    Artful Accents says:

    After you have let it dry, do you need to seal the paint with any kind of sealer? Thanks!

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    Jann G says:

    Having all of these paints (or at least a “set”) is a good idea. Do you sell these in sets; less than buying each one?

  6. Courtney L
    Courtney L says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this site. Being a rookie metal stamper this site has provided me with so many new techniques! I am so excited! Thanks so much to you all!

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    Fern S says:

    Hi,Everyone I’m new at any kind of Jewelery painting.I’m looking for the right kind of paint ,for painting those ( resin ,acrylic; flowers) that are all different sizes.Thank You,Fern.

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    K Z says:

    Love Lima beads so much!
    I hope someone can give me a lil tip about paint dabbers- My question is about the texture of the paint… its very very dry and matte.They may have mentioned that but maybe I missed the info before I bought a WHOLE BUNCH of them. ( it certainly isn’t limas fault)Is there something I can add ( sealer or gloss or anything basically) to give a little sheen or glossy appearance?? I can’t use ‘em this way… crumbly looking – well, just bad.)I keep looking at them going to waste. ;(

  9. Wild Mustard
    Wild Mustard says:

    K Z: after looking around (at Ranger site, other beading sites, random Google questions, and Lima, etc), I think that this product

    Mod Podge (gloss-lustre) Glue & Sealer 4 fl. oz.

    from Lima might do what you need to do to save your work.

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