How to Create a Faux French Enamel Look by Becky Nunn

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Designer: Becky Nunn
In this video tutorial for Beadaholique, guest designer Becky Nunn of Nunn Design shows how to create a faux French enamel look for jewelry. She uses 2-part resin that has been colored with opaque white pigment and then applies a transfer sheet on top of the cured resin. The result is gorgeous and will have your friends saying, 'How did you do that?'
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This is Becky Nunn from Nunn Design I'm a guest designer for and I want to show you how to create a Faux enamel, French enamel look such as these pieces here what you'll need to create this project is to have to watched the video about how to add opaque pigments to 2 part resin To create flat tags like these you need some cups and some business cards, you'll need a little thing of water, Nunn Design sealant, 2 q-tips, scissors, paintbrush and some transfer sheets also buy indesign you want to go ahead and trim out some other words that you would like to work with from Nunn Design transfer sheets transfer sheets are film prints with a paperback and how you separate the film front and play said onto the flat tag is by dropping it into water report a little bit have my water into my little plastic cup and it'll take about 30 seconds for the paper to detach from the front of the transfer sheet and kind of curl up like a potato chip and then start to flatten out once thirty seconds have gone by or if you're eager and want to see, you can pick it up by bring it over to the side and fishing it out I often work with a bowl. It might be easier with a bowl than it is with a little cup like this. You want to see if the film has started to separate and it has. See how the film is sliding off the paperback you want to keep the paperback in position because the back of the film is slightly tacky and that's what's used to adhere it. Go ahead and slide your image I'm making sure my surface doesn't have any dust, onto the flat tag that you've applied the epoxy opaque colorized resin onto once you have your word in position where you like it you'll want to use your Q-tip to burnish it down I start in the center by just pressing firmly to kinda make sure that it's tack down and then you'll slowly start to burnish and you want to be very gentle because this film can rip very easily. If for whatever reason your film isn't sticking and it seems to be sliding you want to use a little bit of the Nunn Design sealant on the base of it first and then apply your transfer sheet over the top. It just gives it a little extra gooiness to stick to. Once your word is in position and you like where it is and it's burnished down, you use the Nunn Design sealant to create a coating on the top I went ahead and put my flat tag with my word already on it onto a business card this allows me to be able to pick it up and move it around very easily without getting my fingers close to the sealant that I'll be applying over-the-top I'll also want to have a small little cup that I can place it over the top once I put my sealant on and prevent from any kind of dust or cat hair or lent from getting into the pieces. You also want to have a glass of water to rinse your paint brush and the Nunn Design sealant take a paintbrush and just dip a little bit of the Nunn Design sealant on and then just paint it right over the top of the surface. I'm just going ahead and putting it all over-the-top of it. So any edges that you might have seen when you placed it on, Nunn Design sealant helps blend that edge together and then you just want to put a little cup over the top and let it sit there for about an hour until the sealant is dry Once pieces are dry you'll have these great faux enamel tags like these that you could add onto a charm bracelet or use as a pendant and these pieces I'll probably make into a pair of earrings but aren't those just too much fun. This is kind of the outtake of how I came up with figuring out how to use the transfer sheet. I knew I wanted to put an image onto my pigment resin over the flat tags and so I thought originally that I could do it with rubber-stamping and I can but some of the things that I found is that the rubber stamp ink looked a little funky and that's cool in itself but then I was curious like what would happen if I didn't rubber stamp it just right and I didn't want to wreck my tag. So on this one you can see I originally what I did is I rubber stamped it and it didn't work so then it took a piece of fine grit sandpaper and I sanded it over to see what would happen and then it wasn't working but then I was curious could I metal stamp it and I tried metal stamping it and that didn't work either so that's when I came up with the idea of using the transfer sheet. This is Becky Nunn with Nunn Design, guest designer for I hope that you'll be able to make these faux enamel flat tag. They're just too much fun. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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