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Old 11-15-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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I've seen where some people are talking about dyeing (spelling?) their brads instead of buying them in many colors. How do you do that? Thanks

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Old 11-15-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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I don't know about dyeing them... If you buy white, you can probably color them with Copics, ,but I haven't tried that. I have embossed buttons to match something with the versamark and colored embossing powder. I have to use it twice (emboss it twice) to get really good coverage, but it worked. That way I can do any color I can find embossing powder in.
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I second the embossing. I recently needed white brads and couldn't find any so I just embossed some and they came out great.
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:20 PM   #4
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I've made glitter brads before. The sky is the limit on colors as long as you have the color of glitter you want to use. I make a puddle of liquid glue on a piece of wax paper, and dip them in the glue and then in the glitter. After the glitter is dry, I dip them in the glue again to seal the glitter in. I tried brushing the glue on, but it got too messy and dipping the brads in the glue worked just as well. It takes longer for them to dry than anything and is well worth the effort.
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I have been able to use craft ink (SU, VM) to color a few brads and buttons...Then emboss with clear to seal it on...
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:33 PM   #6
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You can color the brads or eyelets with alcohol inks.

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I've heat embossed brads in the past, but you have to be careful to hold the brad with something heat-resistant so you don't burn your fingers!

I've since discovered that it's much easier to color them with a Sharpie marker.
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I have used dye ink pads, paint, glue and glitter, and embossing with power of choice, just to name a few..
These all work on White and Silver brads.
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I've heat embossed brads in the past, but you have to be careful to hold the brad with something heat-resistant so you don't burn your fingers!

I've since discovered that it's much easier to color them with a Sharpie marker.

I color mine with Sharpies too! Works great!
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How about using crystal effects?? When you use your re inkers and crystal effects you can color just about anything.
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I've used small punch-outs, circles of course, and then glued them in place. Then I use crystal effects on them, which leaves them appearing 3-D. I've also just colored a circle where I wanted a brad and used the crystal effects. They look like brads and they match the other card colors exactly.
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I've used small punch-outs, circles of course, and then glued them in place. Then I use crystal effects on them, which leaves them appearing 3-D. I've also just colored a circle where I wanted a brad and used the crystal effects. They look like brads and they match the other card colors exactly.
Very clever. Thanks for the tip.
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I've also used versamark and colored embossing powder to good effect too.
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You can use nail polish too. I like the irridescent glitter.
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I've heat embossed them in the past. I don't even bother with the Versamark. As long as they're metal, you can heat & then dip them into the EP and the EP will stick to the hot metal. Then just heat them up once more to completely melt the EP to the brad.
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I heat emboss, glitter, stazon, and a variety of markers (Sharpie, Adirondak, and Sugarloaf permanent markers).
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I've used small punch-outs, circles of course, and then glued them in place. Then I use crystal effects on them, which leaves them appearing 3-D. I've also just colored a circle where I wanted a brad and used the crystal effects. They look like brads and they match the other card colors exactly.
good idea. I am going to have to try coloring brads. I will save a lot of time that I have spent trying to find the perfect colored brad.
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I've coloured brads with EP, just like a poster above I didn't need Versamark, just heat. I have also coloured brads and buttons with Copics. Works great but you can expect streaks if you use Copics unless you have an airbrush system. You won't notice them much unless your colour is really dark and you might like the effect! Use a darker colour than you think you need either way.
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