How to Paint Metal to Look Like Gold Jewelry

by Crispin Trubiano
Using a simple metallic gold spray paint, it is possible to make many metal items look as if they are made of gold.

Using a simple metallic gold spray paint, it is possible to make many metal items look as if they are made of gold.

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Golden-colored jewelry attracts attention and makes for versatile accessories. Popular jewelry items made of gold include rings, necklaces, bracelets and piercings. Painting metal items to resemble gold jewelry is a fairly simple task and can be done to create fake gold jewelry suitable for costumes, props or children's toys.

Items you will need

  • Metal jewelry
  • Cardboard box
  • Newspaper
  • Wire brush/steel wool
  • Sandpaper
  • Metallic gold spray paint
Step 1

Set up an area for your spray painting. Choose a well-ventilated area with a low amount of dust or other airborne particles. Lay down newspaper on the surface where you will be spraying and set an open-top cardboard box on its side to create a small hood to catch escaping paint particles. Ensure there is an overlap between the box and the newspaper to avoid marking the surface beneath.

Step 2

Prepare the metal jewelry for painting by using a stiff brush or steel wool to remove any rust or corrosion or using fine-grit sandpaper to remove any previous layers of paint or finish from the metal surface. Use microfiber afterward to buff out any scratches and give the jewelry a smooth look.

Step 3

Place the item of jewelry in the box. If the item is a necklace, bracelet or similar item, unhook it and lay it evenly and flatly on the surface without any twists or overlaps. Remove any small parts that do not need to be painted such as earring backings, special clasps or charms; apply masking tape to any other sensitive parts of the jewelry, such as hooks or built-in clasps.

Step 4

Shake the can thoroughly to mix the aerosol paint. Apply the paint by holding the can 8 to 12 inches from the jewelry and spraying the paint in steady, even lines across the item. Begin and end spraying when the nozzle is at the end of a stroke, not while it is above the jewelry.

Step 5

Allow the paint to dry for a few hours (check the label on the can for drying times), then carefully turn or rotate the jewelry to expose an unpainted side. Spray-paint the jewelry again, using the same technique described in Step 3. Repeat this step as many times as necessary until the jewelry is properly coated. You may choose to apply multiple coats of paint for a more finished look.

Step 6

Allow the jewelry to dry overnight before wearing it. Make sure that any mechanisms (such as clasps, hooks or pins) have not been clogged by the paint and that there are no bubbles or imperfections in the paint coat. Wipe the jewelry with a clean cloth, and wear it or use it as desired.

About the Author

Crispin Trubiano has been working as a freelance writer since 2010. His articles appear on various websites, where he specializes in areas such as technology, health, television, film, literature and music. Trubiano currently studies sociology at Roger Williams University.

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