How to Turn Blah Buttons into Bodacious Buttonscomments (21) March 20th, 2009
Method Two: Nail Polish
Here's an option you might already have around the house. If you're painting buttons for a nonwearable use, like a jewelry project, you might give good old nail polish a try. Depending on the formula, it will provide sheer to opaque coverage. (You can always add extra coats if you want the paint to be more opaque.) It will dry with a lovely, glossy finish, and you can experiment with pearlescent, frosty colors or saturated solids. And, since it's formulated for nails, it has a nice way of smoothing itself out as it dries. The brush that comes in the bottle may be a little large for painting a button, but you can dip a smaller paintbrush into the bottle. (You can clean it up with some acetone or drugstore nail polish remover.)
Nail polish should be left to dry overnight on your buttons, and then you can seal it with some clear top coat. Nail polish didn't perform especially well in my washer and dryer—as you might expect, it cracked on the buttons.
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