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Jewelry paint for iridescent carnival glass effect

Q. HI I'm dom, I'm an artist and I'm fascinated with the anodized rainbow and holographic effects on just about anything. I am desperately looking for the best solution to get this affect on plastic and canvas materials including acetate sheets. Is this a thing? Are there DIY types of products I can get to spray on the substrates I've mentioned?

- portland oregon
May 3, 2022

Hope it helps and good luck!

Goran Budija
- Cerovski vrh
May 5, 2022

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Q. GREETINGS: What is/are the chemicals that are used to coat various plastic films that create the iridescent effect? Does the film have an effect on the iridescence? If these questions are out of your area of expertise please let me know where I might go for the info. THANKS

William E. Koehler
- North Bergen,NJ USA

A. There is actually a kind of film which is called iridescent film. It consists of multilayer of different plastics and by precisely controlling the thickness of each layer and the kind of plastic. It can create a strong iridescent effect. This must be much simpler instead of applying a coating onto the plastic film.

Patrick Wong
Engelhard Asia Pacific (China) Ltd. - Hong Kong

Q. I am looking for paint that has the same affect as carnival glass. I have no idea what it is called or where to get it. If anyone knows about how I might find out more about this, it would really help.

San Shikahari
- Japan


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A. Hi, San. Sorry your question remains unanswered by any of the readers so far, San, but we are not personally familiar with paints which could impart quite the iridescent look of carnival glass. Read the reviews and see if this sounds right for your needs, although one reviewer described it as pearlescent rather than iridescent.


Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Ed. update May 2022: See posting from Goran Budija

A. You may want to try resin (it's a plastic epoxy that sticks to metal). You can buy it at a hardware store and dye it to the right color. They can probably help you with the right dyes also. Food coloring may work. Then just paint it on. If you want to fill between metal, like stained glass, you will need a frame to hold it while it dries.

Reilly LaMa
- Princeton, New Jersey

A. Yes, there are paints just for that. One site is You can pick a pack of a mixture of iridescent colors to apply to glass. I am right now going to work on a project to turn pretty black hatpins into having a carnival glass effect. What you must do first though is to to apply a glass and tile primer in order for the paint to stick and not rub off over time. To do this you need to order it in a two part solution Part A and Part B as they have to be mixed. I just ordered mine today but have had the iridescent color variety paints for awhile. Carnival glass hatpins are difficult to find and expensive. There are also so many patterns. I am not looking to push them off as fakes but only to enjoy them for my collection. They also have a clear iridescent paint as well. I ordered that too but I would expect you should still apply the primer part A and B mixture to your glass where you are going to apply the color or it would end up peeling off over time as well. It is not expensive. I also read on one of the question & answer sites that you can buy some lacquer and mix it with a lot of paint thinner and it would give the same effect but since they didn't specify what a lot more thinner is I skipped that one. Also it is just cheaper to buy the paints and do it that way. Hope this helps.

Julie Watros
Crafter - The Villages, Florida
June 11, 2019

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