Product Review: True Colours

Innovative products to add some colour to your jewellery projects. By Sue Mason-Burns




When you have made a beautifully vibrant, colourful piece of jewellery, it can really lessen the effect to use standard coloured findings. Or, perhaps you need to replace a matching pair of earwires with a surgical steel pair because the wearer is allergic? Well, here’s the solution – niobium findings. Fully hypoallergenic, the earwires are safe for allergy sufferers and are available in a range of vibrant colours, with headpins to match. The kits include five pairs of earwires and with two matching headpins for each pair. Available in a range of colours: pink, navy, turquoise, green and purple, you can purchase sets in a single colour, or select the mixed kit for a pair in each colour for £10.50
per kit.



Pearl Ex are a highly versatile range of pearlescent, non-toxic, inert powdered pigments for use on resin, fabric, paper, shrink plastic, polymer clay, leather, melted wax, clay, gouache, glass and wood. One of the ways the pigments can be used is to mix them with Pearl Ex varnish – and this can be painted onto most surfaces. Or you can knead it in to polymer clay for a unique colour effect. It can also be added to ordinary acrylic paint to add a metallic quality. The pigments are temperature resistant, so you can add them to shrink plastic projects and they will become embedded in the surface. Available in a vast range of colours, a 3g pot of Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment will cost £2.55.


COLOURING RESIN was set up by resin artist, Clare John and offers a plethora of instructions and advice for getting the best out of resin. The site also offers an online store selling resin-related products, including an entire section on adding colour. Within this section, you will find products such as transparent coloured resins, giving an even colour to your resin piece whilst retaining the transparent look of resin. Also available is sparkle resin, which has a sparkle effect infused within it which will not sink or float. For a more opaque effect, you can also use colour pastes, in a range of colour effects to add a rich, deep colour. Prices vary, but you will find everything you are looking for in the region of £5 to £7.




If you’re looking to add a little pizzazz to your jewellery, why not check out Swellegant? For the full effect, it is a three-step process. The first step coats the piece with a solution of fine metal particles, which will turn the surface into metal. The next step is to colour the piece with a range of coloured patinas. You can also start at this step if the piece you are working on is already metal. Finally, the fun bit is to go wild with colour with a range of coloured dye oxides. Mix up your layers and colours to personalise your look and finish with a sealant to protect your work of art. Each of the products comes in handy bottles and can be used in conjunction with each other, or separately. Prices vary depending on what effect you are going for, but expect to pay in the region of £4 to £7 per bottle. Why not try out the Mini Dealio Swellegant Kit with sample sizes of the Swellegant range for £29.95?



Enamelling is a technique that adds powered glass to metal and other hard surfaces to increase colour and shine. Traditional enamelling is achieved using specialist tools and a kiln. However, this clever kit allows you to add enamel to your jewellery pieces – be they metal, ceramic, stone and even wood – using just your own oven. The kit comes with 10 pots of coloured powder and a five-part tool kit, as well as some brass blanks to get you started. Full instructions are also supplied as well as advice on different techniques to enhance your enamel pieces. The kit is great value, priced at less than £30.



Another way to add colour to metal, wood, ceramics, polymer clay – in fact most hard surfaces – is a wax-based medium called Gilders Paste. It comes in a small tin, which can be applied with a brush, cloth, sponge or even your finger. The result is a colour coating with no tacky residue. Colours can be layered and mixed and it is touch dry in about 10 minutes. If you want to polish to a high shine, leave the colour to cure for 12 hours and it will be ready for polishing with a soft cloth. You can achieve different effects with different colours and levels of polishing. Each colour comes in a 27ml tin, which will cover up to 30 square feet, so a little goes a long way. Sold in a range of metallic and non-metallic colours, a tin of Gilders Paste will set you back around £7.



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  • Date 10th March 2017
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