Here is an Orchid post from May 2010. I have a necklace painted with
Colores three years ago and the color is still good and has not
chipped. I wish Orchid would schedule another class. I would take it
I have used the Rio product, Colores, which is a resin, to paint
on sterling. I have used brushes and for very fine lines, I have
used toothpicks and hat pins. I also use the syringes for mixed
colors. You simply mix the colors in one of the plastic cups that
is provided with Colores then pour it in the syringe.
If you use the paint brush, you need to immediately wash the
brush when finished so it can be used again. I wash first with a
simple green product and then wash with goo gone.
When painting with Colores, the first color must be dry before
the second color is added. Drying time is minimum 36 hours for
each color in areas of high humidity. I have ignored the long
drying time and applied a second color after 12 hours and for
certain things the colors bleed together in an attractive way.
However, this is not always the case.
From an Orchid posting in Sept 2008 the following may help.
Colores is sold in the Rio catalogue. Read the instructions
very carefully. The colors are wonderful! The application is
challenging. It takes time to stir the colors and to mix the
color and the hardner. It takes time to learn to use the
bottles with the syringes. The drying time is minimum 24 hours.
On my last piece I applied a second color after 23 hours and
the colors ran together on the sterling. I am in the process of
removing two layers of Colores and re-reading the instructions.
I will be sure I allow 72 hours for drying when I re-apply the
Colores. Now that I better understand the process I like it.
Rio teaches a Colores class occasionally. I took the class in
Feb 2005 from Bruce and he was a good teacher. In the class, we
practiced on wax paper. After I bought the kit, Anne Larsen
allowed me to use her studio with five of her students and we
"played" with Colores. Everyone was trying something different.
Ideas were flying all over the room. Someone was always saying "
Look at this!" and we all learned significantly from working
around the same table and reviewing each others experiments.
The positives are fantastic color; non-toxic; clean-up with soap
and water then Goo Gone; you can drill with a flexshaft cleanly
through Colores on sterling; you can wipe the plastic cups clean
and use again; you can knock a mixing cup of Colores off the
table onto the floor and it stays in the cup when it hits the
The negatives are difficult instructions; long drying time often
dependent on weather and humidity; it will finger print at 72
hours under some conditions; Colores can spill during shipment
even though it appears very tightly closed; difficult to achieve
hi lite effect as it is not possible to duplicate "puffing"; you
must work on a completely level surface or your work can slide;
if you use an oven to dry the first color, you cannot use the
oven for a second color without damaging the color of the first
layer; you need color mixing skills.