From Plain to Patina

From Plain to Patina2017-12-27T11:25:27+00:00

Project Description

Amazing Crafting Products LogoFor the longest time I was too intimidated to try painting my castings. You see, I’m not an artist. I lived with art majors in college, and I definitely couldn’t do what they did with paint, pens, ink, charcoal, and all that other stuff that produced images. So, paint just wasn’t something that I considered. Didn’t even have any in my craft arsenal.

With a little help from friends, I got over my phobia. So, if you too are hesitant about painting the castings from your molds, here’s an easy project, guaranteed to give you great results.

The original of this piece was from a friends garage sale find of an old copper piece. It measures about 4″ x 5″. I used these directions for mixing the Amazing Mold Putty and pouring the Amazing Casting Resin.

Here the resin in the mold just beginning to bloom—this is when the resin begins to change from a clear liquid to a white solid.

Bloom on Resin
After the casting was set and removed from the mold, I used jeweler’s file to smooth and rough edges and eliminate any over-pours. When I file the edges, I’m careful to angle the file so that any resulting bevel is on the underside of the piece.

Jeweler's Files
Next, I selected my color palette for transforming this plain white casting into a beautiful piece with a faux patina finish. I used acrylic paints and chose black green for the base coat, leaf green for the accent color, and metallic gold for highlights.

Color Palette
With a small round brush, I completely coated the casting with the black green, taking care to cover all the sides, edges, and nooks and crannies.

Base Coat
When that coast was dry, I added the leaf green accents with a barely wet stipple brush. I gentle dripped the brush into the paint, then tapped off excess by stippling onto scrap paper until the brush held just the slightest amount of paint. Once the paint meets the piece, I find that it’s easier to add more than to take away too much. Of course, how heavily you stipple your piece is totally a matter of personal taster.

Second Coat
Again, let that paint dry before adding the gold highlights. These I added with a sponge brush that had even less paint on it than the stipple brush did. I just wanted to graze the topmost areas. The difference after adding the gold highlights is subtle, but definitely adds another dimension to the piece.

Gold Highlights
Here’s the finished piece and a close-up showing how you can transform plain into a beautiful patina finish with acrylic paints.

Finished Patina Lily

Finished Patina Lily

Finished Close-up

Close-up showing gold highlight on Patina Lily

You can see more projects using Amazing Crafting Products on the Amazing Mold Putty blog.

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