Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ranger's Enamel Accents Review

Hi, Lynn here! This month I'm reviewing one of the newest products to arrive on the shelves of the Papermaze store - Enamel Accents by Ranger. Well… not ‘totally’ new - black and white enamel accents were introduced in 2010. 

So, what’s new?

10 bright colours. So now there’s a rainbow palate of 12 to choose from.

What are Enamel Accents?

Enamel accents are a dimensional medium that dries to a very shiny, opaque, domed finish. They are available from Ranger in 14ml bottles with a nozzel and cap. 

What projects could they be used for?

These fine-tip applicators are great for detailed work. They can be used on paper, card, glass, plastic, fabric, wood, metal, canvas… the list goes on, but in all cases you can create an extra dimension to your work with faux enamel accents.

So far I’ve seen them used to great effect with paper crafting, home décor, mixed media, and jewellery projects. Some have chosen to work directly on their project with the accents, others make accents on scraps of acetate to be added to a project at a later date.

These enamel accents have been used to doodle, dot, dash and decorate craft projects, achieving the look of shop sold enamel dots with a non-toxic formula. 

What colours are available?  

The Enamel Accents colours match the Ranger Dye Ink Pads (which are also available from Papermaze) and are available in:
  • Black Tie
  • Blue Ribbon
  • Caribbean Coast
  • Cheese Puff
  • Classic Cherry
  • Electric Lime
  • Glacier White
  • Grape Soda
  • Lily Pond
  • Pink Gumball
  • Wild Orchid

How do I use them?

Top tip: Before you start, grab a piece of scrap paper or paper towel to establish the flow before working directly on your project. This will eliminate any air bubbles from the nozzle which may spoil the finished shape of your enamel piece.

If the nozzle becomes blocked use a fine piece of wire with a blunt end (about the width of a pin) to remove the problem. Do not use a pin as the sharp point may make a hole and cause a leakage where you don't want it!

It is a good idea to invert the bottle while the cap is still attached and give one good shake to move the fluid to the tip of the nozzle. There is no need to repeatedly shake the bottle.

The medium is easy to apply, simply hold the bottle upside down and gently squeeze the sides until the required amount of medium has been dispensed.

Experiment. I found a little practice was needed until I was happy with the shape of the results.

If you are not working directly onto your project, use a piece of acetate. You can store the dots until you need them, and pick your favourites.

When you’re finished, wipe the nozzel with a clean cloth and replace the cap. Once the cap is definitely secure, bang the bottle on the table to move liquid from the nozzle and back into the bottle to prevent blockages.

When finished it is wise to wipe the nozzel with a clean cloth and once the cap is replaced bang the bottle on the table to remove liquid from the nozzel back into the bottle, to prevent blockages.

How long does it take to dry?

That depends on the surface size and depth your accents. It is best to leave your accents overnight for best results. 

What base materials can it be used on? Can I use different colours?

Ranger’s Enamel Accents are opaque - which means they can be used on any colour base. The colours remain true on white, black and any other colour.

What if I need a different shade of enamel dot?

I’m sure more colours will be introduced at a later date, but in the meantime, you can colour your dots.

Take the Glacier White and make the dots in the sizes you require. 
Allow to dry and then colour with your favourite alcohol markers. You can also try this with Glossy Accents instead of the Enamel Accents (see above).

How do I adhere my pre-made dots to my projects?

Peel them from the backing and simply stick in place with adhesive. Glossy Accents works well. I found that if I took the finished dots off the acetate and put them together, they don't appear to stick together. They look very attractive together in a jar, but it’s not quite so easy to see them all.

Can I use more than one colour in a single accent?

Yes, you can use colours to make designs or make eye balls on stamped images!

Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamp
In the image below I have used several colours, dragging a spot of green outwards with a pin to create a flower pattern. See this tutorial HERE by Ranger for more ideas. I think I need more practice!

How do Enamel Accents compare with Liquid Pearls?

Both have a place in my craft stash. The Accents (right) leave a high gloss, domed finish and the Liquid Pearls (left) a pearly, more peaked finish.

Have fun experimenting with the Enamel Accents,
and don't forget to share what you make.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x


Lyndilou said...

That's really helpful, Lynn! Thanks x

Lynn said...

You are welcome - glad you found it helpful. x

Anita said...

What a brilliant post, thanks for all the inspiration Lynn, love what you have done with these.