Friday, March 27, 2015

How to Dry Painted Rocks with Household Items


Many items found around the house can be used for drying painted rocks.



Binder Clip - A large binder clip can be used to dry thin, painted rocks.



Foam Egg Carton - Rocks can be propped up in the carton or laid across the sections.



Regular Egg Carton - Same as foam - prop up the painted rocks or lay them across the sections.



Lazy Susan - For larger rocks which stand upright on their own, I use a Lazy Susan for painting, sealing and drying the painted rock. (I like to line the Lazy Susan with parchment paper to provide a non-stick surface.)



DIY Drying Rack - If you're handy with a hammer and nails, you can create this drying rack for your painted rocks.



Clear Carpet Runners - Flip over a carpet runner and use the gripper (pointy) side to dry lighter-weight rocks. (Instead of buying an entire runner some home improvement stores sell it by the foot.)

Carpet Runner - Gripper Side Up



8 comments:

  1. You can also bake them in the oven, on tin foil. 250 degrees for 30 min.

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    1. Thank you very much for the oven-drying tip, Meldra.

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  2. I've used the nail board for many different projects over many years, It was my husband that came up with the idea when I couldn't figure out how to keep my finger prints off of flat circular paintings


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    1. Thanks for confirming how well the nail board has worked for you, Ann. That's a supportive and clever husband you have.

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  3. I taped 4 pieces of cardboard together and then put straight pins in various designs to hold the different sizes of rocks kind of like the nails pounded into wood. I can spray varnish them or paint them and put them on the pin heads to dry with very little contact on the surface of the rocks. When I do this outside I cover the cardboard with an inverted cardboard box to keep the bugs and other debris from getting stuck to the wet rocks.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I like the idea of straight pins instead of nails to lessen the contact with the stone's surface. This would work especially well with the smaller, lighter rocks. And it's so important to cover the sealed stones when they're sprayed outdoors.

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  4. I use an old baking / cookie cooling rack...holds lots of rocks!

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    1. That's an excellent idea! I'll have to update this post with a pic. Thank you so much for sharing.

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