Faux finishes have gotten a bad rap lately. Quite frankly, they have been overdone (mostly by me). This one never fails to amaze people so I hope you'll give it a try.
broad, flat frame (this IKEA mirror is perfect)
everything in your junk drawer and at the bottom of the toy box
epoxy or Liquid Nails glue
spray paint for plastic
primer spray paint (gray or rust color)
Copper Topper by Modern Options
Patina Green Antiquing Solution by Modern Options
12" x 12" mirror - $2.99 at IKEA (Michael's has a similar frame -no mirror- for $1.00) You can use any flat frame.
Glue toys, etc. on with epoxy or Liquid Nails. Soft rubber (like erasers) doesn't work as it interacts with the spray paint.
Tape off the mirror. Paint with a spray paint made for plastic. Turn your frame while you paint to be able to cover every side of every object. You may think you have everything covered only to look at the frame from an different angle and find parts that show.
I used black, but gray, dark green or rust would work.
When the plastic spray paint is dry, spray with a primer. Either gray or rust colored primer are fine.
I know this seems odd to use two primer coats, but the plastic paint encapsulates the plastic and the primer is a better base for the faux finish.
Copper Topper is an acrylic paint with particles of copper in it. For this reason you need to thoroughly shake the bottle to mix the particles. Paint your frame when the primer is dry. Brush and stipple to cover everything.
Allow the first coat of Copper Topper to dry and then recoat. While the second coat is wet, paint on the patina liberally. I pour it into a small plastic or paper cup so that when I dip my brush in the patina I don't pollute the whole bottle. Allow to dry and age. I like to "over patina" the frame because when you spray with the clear paint the green becomes somewhat subdued.
Spray with clear to stop the aging process.
No one ever guesses that these are plastic toys. They think that I've cast all of these objects in metal and soldered them together. As if.
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