Who doesn’t love a cool metal patina? Layers of rich blues and greens that reveal years of aging. Well, I’m gonna show you how to get that in a matter of minutes! Faux real! It’s easy to do with Modern Masters Metal Effects! Metal Effects Metallic Paint contains real metal particles and will tarnish naturally over time. To speed up the process, we’ll be using Metal Effects Green and Blue Patina Aging Solution. They create an authentic patina that is simply amazing! I’ve been playing around with this stuff for a while and I’ve patina’d just about everything I can! Seriously, I went nuts for a minute…hence the crazy looking containers!
Remember this Funky Upcycled Wardrobe? I used these products on the large door on the right.
I finished all those projects, plus several small things for myself, multiple sets of hardware, and I still have over half my products left!
Now, I’m a faux finisher at heart and I love the unpredictable part of faux finishing. It’s very exciting to watch this stuff do it’s thing and its “thing” is different every time! If you are okay with experimenting, you will love Metal Effects too! If you are a control freak, start on a frame or something small! You’ll be hooked in no time! I’m working on this sweet cow head I picked up at Bella Noelle inside Mid-Towne Antique Mall. I’ve been wanting to add a patina to her for weeks! Here’s what she looked like to start:
First things first. A layer of Primer. I must admit, I have used the products without this but I think they work better with it. Imagine that! Make sure your surface is clean and dry then apply two thin coats with a brush or roller, whichever is most appropriate for your surface.
The first layer of Metal Effects Paint is just a base coat. I chose Bronze as my base coat and applied one thin layer. It looked like this when I was done.
This is where the fun begins! It’s also where you want to be prepared for your next steps. The Aging Solution needs to be applied to the second coat of paint while it is still wet so have your solution close at hand. Let’s talk about the solution real quick before we move on. It’s an acid, so use caution and protect your skin, eyes and your surfaces. I did not do that the first time I used it! Also, I like to apply it a few different ways. The spritzer is convenient and helps you create runs but using a sponge gives you control. I like to have a variation of the green and blue aging solution on my pieces so the sponge comes in handy for that. Okay, moving on!
I wanted my cow head to have depth so opted to use two paint colors, Copper and Bronze. Since time is of the essence, I just poured them both onto a plate and loaded my brush.
You don’t have to apply it evenly. I just kind of slop it on, flipping my brush around to mix the colors.
While the paint paint was still wet, I sprayed it with both the Green and Blue Aging Solution. You can see how the colors run together with just a light spray of the aging solution. That’s okay!
I know watching paint dry is no fun but this is totally different! It’s like magic and you won’t want to miss it!!!
After it sat for a bit, but while it was still moist, I used my sponge to remove a little of the patina and expose more of the base coat. I like to rub back a bit more where there are details, like the ears.
I also decided I wanted a little more depth down the nose so I added more Copper Paint and Green Aging Solution. You can add to the finish like this as much as you’d like.
These perfect Patina finishes don’t require a protective finish but you can apply one if you’d like. Modern Masters makes one just for the Metal Effects Paint called Permacoat Xtreme. I have not used it but I’ve never met a Modern Masters product I didn’t love so, I’m sure it rocks! I get my Modern Masters products from my friendly folks at Spectrum Paint in Sherwood but you can order online if there isn’t a retailer near you!
So, what do you think? Do you love my Patina Cow as much as I do? I can’t wait to find her a home!