How to Turn Blah Buttons into Bodacious Buttonscomments (20) March 20th, 2009
Method Four: Enamel Paints
I tried two inexpensive craft-store enamels: one water-based acrylic enamel, and one more traditional enamel. This was my least favorite paint for buttons. While I like the opaque coverage these paints provide, they are quite thick, and covering large areas of a button smoothly can be a challenge. The good news is they clean up easily with soap and water while they're still wet. The bad news is that the package recommends a 21-day drying time.
The package also offers a quicker option: baking the paint in an oven to cure it. I tried this with some buttons, but the heat turned them yellow and brittle. However, these same buttons emerged from the washer and dryer with the paint in great shape. So if you can spare the long drying time, these paints might be a good bet for a project you'll be wearing and washing.
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