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Consider Using Nail Polish to Add Color to Your Punched Tin Butterflies
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 22:49
I didn't know it at the end of May, but there were more punched tin butterflies to be made!
A message appeared from Italy suggesting I might want to try nail polish to add color to my butterfly wings. I would have never in a million years have considered using nail polish, so the lovely success of these little butterflies is all due to Silvia - known in the blogisphere as Madame Renard.
She sent this link as an example if you would like to refer to it.
Having previously had disappointing color coverage using Sharpie pens, I immediately dropped by my neighborhood drug store with the intention to purchase one bottle for testing. I walked out with five!
And I had no intention of paying more than a couple dollars per bottle - and then I found "Color Foil" by Sally Hansen. HAD to try it. And boy am I glad I did!
The first step was to determine how well the nail polish played with metal. I am happy to report that not only do they play well together, but also , when dry, the polish seems to be staying put.
When "pooled" onto the surface of the tin (as opposed to brushed) the polish covers beautifully - and most importantly - does not run!
Next step - create a few butterflies! (If you missed the "how to post" in May, here is the link.
And … ready for color!
A couple things I learned!
1. Use a full brush; and rather than brush the color onto the surface, let the color pool onto the surface gently guiding it into the shape desired. A little practice wouldn't hurt. Mine were done without practice and as you can see - even without practice the results are acceptable.
2. If you really mess up, you can wipe away the color as long as wiping is immediate. But seriously, I personally found that allowing a little imperfection here and there is better than trying for absolute perfection.
I loved playing with Color Foil polish. What I learned was this: swiping it on leaves a pool of foil surrounded by color. But gently and carefully dabble and swirl the brush in the color pool just a bit and the most wonderful designs appear! Very butterfly wing like designs in fact!
I also loved the results using a glittery product called "Sinful Colors". It dries into a beautifully sparkly pool of deep color.
Having tried glitter glue in the past with disappointing results, I was thrilled to finally be able to add color sparkle that stayed put once dried! (In the past, those lovely sparkly dots have popped off!)
Glue on a bead (using Aleene's Fast Grab Super Tacky Glue) and add a bit of wire per these instructions, and butterflies are done!
I am not happy with the white bead body - may paint a stripe down the back - with nail polish! Maybe a sparkly stripe!
For those of you who want to share butterfly making with young children, metallic cover or card weight paper is a great look-alike stand-in.
Follow the instructions for punching described in this tutorial, fill in the design on the wings with polish and finally glue on a bead using the instructions in the link above for punched tin butterflies.
Don't want to punch holes! A gel pen works beautifully to outline the wing edges. And a lead pencil is great for marking the design. I made my design lines a little darker here so they would be visible.
I hope some of you will play around with nail polish on punched tin and send me your results! If nothing else, it is lots of fun!!! And I think you too will love the satin-y opaque color spots nail polish delivers. (Or in the perfect words Dawn (blogging as "Girl Unwinding") shared in her comment below , "the rich lacquer-like color" nail polish delivers!
And Silvia, Grazie mille!