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Are items painted with FolkArt® Enamels microwavable?
No.
How do I prepare my project for painting with FolkArt® Enamels?
Wash with soap and water. Clean area to be painted with rubbing alcohol.
Are FolkArt Enamels really dishwasher-safe?
Yes, you can wash your painted pieces with FolkArt Enamels in the dishwasher without chipping, cracking, or fading after first curing it in the oven by following the directions below:
  1. Allow painted item to dry for 24 hours to be sure all layers of paint have dried.
  2. Place project in a cool oven, as the glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage; do not place glass in a hot oven.
  3. Set oven temperature to 350ºF.
  4. Once temperature has reached 350ºF, allow the project to bake for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let glass cool down completely before removing from the oven.
  6. Do not use for 72 hours.
In addition, using the Clear Medium over your design will help ensure the longevity of your painting. Learn more on curing painted glass projects.
How can I paint a glass plate so that I can eat on it?
FolkArt® Enamels are non-toxic,however it is best to keep painted designs and food serving areas separate so that paint never comes into contact with food. When painting a plate for actual use, you must paint on the back using a method called Reverse Painting.
Reverse painting refers to the technique where painting is done on the back of clear glass (such as a plate) but is seen through the glass from the front. Therefore, the design is painted in reverse, with details first and basecoat last. When you have painted a clear glass plate with this technique, food can be placed onto front of plate.
Are FolkArt® Enamels available in the One Stroke colors?
Yes, FolkArt® Enamels are available in One Stroke colors. You will find them with the same names as regular FolkArt®.
What is the FolkArt® Enamels Clear Medium used for?
FolkArt® Enamels Clear Medium is used to create a transparent look without compromising the paint’s adhesion. It can also be used with the double-load technique to achieve just the right paint consistency for effects such as shadows and shading. FolkArt® Enamels Clear Medium can be used to seal painted areas as well.
How are FolkArt® Enamels different from Apple Barrel Gloss?
FolkArt® Enamels are a unique polymer blend that is specially formulated for use on glass and ceramics. They are highly pigmented for excellent opaque coverage
You can achieve a durable, opaque, glossy sheen with one-step – there is no primer or finish needed. The paints can be mixed and blended, making them perfect for the One Stroke method.
When dried and cured, projects painted with FolkArt® Enamels are top-shelf dishwasher safe! When washed correctly, they will not chip, crack, or fade.
How are FolkArt Enamels used?
  1. Clean glass or glazed ceramics with alcohol.
  2. Shake paint before applying.
  3. Paint design. For best results use Clear Medium over your design to help ensure there is enough paint for the design to properly adhere to your surface. Do not wet paintbrush with water. To change colors while painting, use a paper towel and pull out excess paint.
  4. For best results, cure your project in the oven by following the steps below:
    1. Allow painted item to dry for 24 hours to be sure all layers of paint have dried.
    2. Place project in a cool oven, as the glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage; do not place glass in a hot oven.
    3. Set oven temperature to 350ºF.
    4. Once temperature has reached 350ºF, allow the project to bake for 30 minutes.
    5. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let glass cool down completely before removing from the oven.
    6. Do not use for 72 hours.
  5. Hand wash project or clean in the top rack of your dishwasher. To learn more, please see How to Cure Painted Glass Projects
Cautions:
  • Do not use in direct contact with food.
  • Do not paint within 4/5” of top rim of glasses or mugs.
  • Reverse painting on the back of glass plates is recommended if plate is to be used with food.
  • Do not apply Clear Medium to the entire surface as streaks may appear. Only apply Clear Medium over your design.
  • Items painted are not microwavable.
How can I create a transparent look with FolkArt® Enamels?
FolkArt Enamels dry to a translucent to opaque finish. However, if you’d like to create a more transparent look, combine one part FolkArt Enamels with one part FolkArt Clear Medium. Paint as normal.
If my painting looks thin on a few strokes, what should be done to protect it?
Add a layer of Clear Medium on top of the painting.
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