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Topic: Spray paint or Gesso to prime wood beads?  (Read 802 times)
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« on: April 07, 2012 11:05:56 PM »

Hi All,

I'm thinking about painting a few wood beads for a project I'm starting. The beads I have are already stained or painted (they're the cheap, widely available brown wood beads you can get from any store's craft section) and have a thin clear coating.

I've only found two tutorials about repainting these beads and neither is about what I'm trying to to do really.

I'd like to paint them white to prime them for further painting. Should I gesso the beads (thus having to sand them before application) or do you think I could get away with spray painting them matte white?

In this tutorial http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2009/12/turorial-that-lime-green-necklace.html the crafter is using wood beads without the clear coating mine have  and just spray painting them. I think I could get a pretty good cover with the white spray paint, but I don't have a lot of time for a failed attempt (I'd like to make the piece for a friend by her looming birthday) so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2012 11:06:47 PM by CraftFro » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012 07:47:45 AM »

I've spray painted over gloss and had the stuff chip off, but I think it depends on what you are doing with them after they are painted. I stabbed at them with a sharp needle and ground glass beads against them for a few hours so it might not have been the fairest test.

In my experience, using acrylics over that glossy wood is much better for further work. I've done it without sanding and had pretty good results, but sanding would be safer Smiley

Also, spray paint seems to smell for a few weeks (I was surprised!) and if it is a jewellery piece, having that near your nose might be a bit stinky. 
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