The Shabby Chic Butterfly Necklace is made with one of our clear acrylic charms, a shabby chic brass butterfly, a scrabble tile charm, a sweet girl from one of our Paper Quilt collage sheets and beaded waxed linen. All of the supplies are at the Red Lead store in St. Louis and on our website.
Did you know that it is really easy to "shabby up" brass charms? I love acrylic paint! I try it on everything! We have a LOT of brass charms at the store - thousands of them. And I love them but when I want to add color to my charms acrylic paint is my first choice. You can use any color paint but for this jewelry project I used Antique White.
Here is how you paint brass charms:
All brass charms have an oily residue that must be removed before you paint the charms. I spray a little bit of glass cleaner on a paper towel and wipe off each charm. Let the charms dry completely. If you skip this step the paint will not adhere properly to the charms.
Paint the charms with acrylic paint straight out of the bottle - do not dilute with water. Make sure you completely cover the charms. Too much paint is better than too little. Let the charms dry overnight or at least for 4 hours.
Dampen a paper towel with water - barely damp. Rub off the paint a little at a time until you get the desired results. One last tip - If you want to add more color to the shabby chic charms - go ahead! Any color you love. Just paint over the white paint and let the charms dry for a few hours. xo