On a sunny day a while back I got a crazy idea. What would happen if I spray painted some silver charms? We carry such a large selection of silver charms but let’s be honest, silver can get a little boring after a while. So I pulled out a few cans of bright spray paint from my stash and decided to customize some charms.
Before you get started, it’s a good idea to clean off the charms with some rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or grease that may be on the surface. This will create a better bond with the paint on the metal. Make sure they are completely dry before you start painting. If you are painting with multiple colors, be sure to spread them out and be aware of the way the wind is blowing. There was a slight breeze on the day I attempted this and now there are tiny (so microscopic you can’t see them in the photos) black spots on my pink charms.
With the right side facing up, spray on one coat according to the directions on your paint can. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch brand paint. I spray paint a lot of different stuff for a lot of different projects and this is my go-to. Its around $4 a can at the hard ware store. I also already had it on hand so I didn’t have to go buy any (although it would have been nice to have a turquoise blue.) Moving on…
Spray one thin coat and let it dry. Once the first coat has dried completely, spray a second coat. For the black, I needed three coats to cover it completely but for the other colors I only needed two. When your final coat of paint has dried, top it off with a clear acrylic top coat. This will prevent the paint from scraping or chipping off.
After you have finished the top side, flip it over and repeat the steps. When I was painting, I decided to try it on a scrap piece of chain as well. I hung it up between two stakes in the ground (sorry I don’t have pictures) and sprayed several coats from a couple different angles. I found that, even with the top coat, the chain doesn’t really seem to take the paint as well and started chipping almost immediately. The charms took the paint beautifully.
I made some different pairs of earrings and a couple necklaces that I have worn a few times and haven’t had any issues with the paint coming off. Tune in tomorrow to see the finished jewelry I created with some of the charms pictured above!