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Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects

Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects

Make paintings with oxidized effect: they will look like pieces of antiquity or even museum. Aging, so feared by people, can beautify and give a realistic look to your piece of craftsmanship. Then you can joke around saying that your vase has been dug up by some archaeologist at the bottom of a cave (but just jokingly, of course!). See below.

Important: parts with this technique can not be used to store food. Remember this if you choose a dish or platter.

Materials Needed

  • Ceramic, plastic, wood or MDF
  • Colorless or white Corfix dimensional ink
  • Acrilex Acrylic Ink in Terra Verde, Vessie Green and Black
  • Glitter in color Copper
  • Colorless Acrylic Gel
  • Soft Bristle Round Brush with Number
  • Tiger Brush No. 186 Brush (does not have to be exactly that number as long as it is a medium-sized brush)
  • White wine vinegar
  • Wax Patina Mural Color in color Green Chrome
  • Cleaning Cloth

How to: Pay attention to the material of the part

If the chosen object was a piece of MDF or a vase, like the step-by-step, you do not need to sand it. The uneven surface will then contribute to the visual.

Just wipe it thoroughly with a cloth (MDF or wood) or wash it with soap and water (ceramic). To remove traces of dust and grease, otherwise the paint will not pick up.

If it is a piece of plastic, then it is necessary to sand it with a fine water sandpaper (numbering from 200) before cleaning. Thus, the paint adheres better.

Decorating the Piece

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Decorate the piece with the dimensional ink.

It could be ink white or any other color, since it will be completely covered by the copper patina.

As this vase has the very wide and straight neck, it received four double rows of droplets to simulate rivets.

Use preferably rock pictures, like these. To download click the image you want.

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Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects: patina

Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects: type

Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects: type

Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects: aged

Aged Patina Type Rusty Copper: Aged Objects: aged

For the vessel we use the primitive images of the man and the bull. Search for others.

Art history books, or magazines like National Geographic, are very useful. So much to find other images as to show the appearance of really ancient vessels.

Mix the acrylic paints Green Earth and Green Vessie. Paint the entire pot. You do not have to give more than one coat.

It may seem time consuming, since the piece will be covered by glitter, but that base will leave the copper darker afterwards.

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Mix the acrylic gel with the glitter, making a paste. In the photo, it appears being taken from its container with the help of the brush.

Add a little (a little bit) of water: the mixture becomes more fluid and easier to apply, and also dries less quickly.

Wash the brush then with soap and water, so as not to ruin the bristles.

Applying the Effects

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Apply the mixture on the vase with the soft brush, putting more in some areas than others.

Leave some semi-discovered points to simulate defects in the part. But cover all embossed designs.

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Very gleaming, is not it? But for a little time.

Starting Aging

To start the aging process, paint the vase with black acrylic paint slightly diluted in water and then remove the excess with a cloth.

This will highlight the reliefs and irregularities and give a true copper object appearance; better still if it is porous material.

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Brush a little vinegar over the entire piece and let it dry for a few hours.

The copper will oxidize and become slightly greenish, though not enough.

Making the Patina

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Now comes the star of the show: a patina green chrome.

Pass it all over the pot by hand (or a spatula if you prefer, but the hand is best because of the touch).

Do not use a brush.

Take the excess back with the cloth, but leave a little on the reliefs and holes, to look like real rusted copper.

This patina also has the advantage of sealing the part, making it impermeable.

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Important: it is necessary to remove the excess immediately after the application, because after the dry wax no longer leaves.


The) This MDF plate received the same technique.

Only the copper was more heavily applied on the reliefs, so he got the greenish bottom.

Here we choose to use an abstract drawing.

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B) The wax patina can also be applied to gold pieces, such as this one. wooden box.

Regardless of the material it is recommended that both the piece and the embossed drawings have an old style, to look convincing.

Objects in aged patina (oxidized copper)

Objects in aged patina (oxidized copper)

In the case of pottery, canisters, pan-type round vases or any rustic-looking pieces are perfect.

I do not recommend oriental-style pots or Greek amphoras.

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