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Easy way to Age Metal, and a few new projects

Yesterday's historic eclipse was sure no disappointment. We are just outside the path of totality but we had a wonderful experience. I went over to my nephew's school and we all watched it together. Ian was really interested, and they had been studying about it most of the week.  We did have a cloud butt in and didn't get to see the diamond ring, but it was still great. 

 I'm back at the bench being creative. Had some great goodies in the mail today the one I had to jump right on was this Lion's head. When it came out of the envelope I just sighed and set it on the bench and grabbed my stuff I use to color metals. I use several things together to get an aged look to the metal. I'm just not a huge fan of the real shinny brass or copper. I like the old treasure look, that's been hidden away for years and you just found it on a hunt for cool jewelry findings. 

So here is what the Lion looked like when he was new. 
I got this from an Etsy shop

First I dropped a few drops of alcohol ink in the textured areas and moved the ink around with a small brush. Getting it into the crevasse. I used Tim Holtz inks, Caramel and Slate. The Blending Solution is a must have when playing with these inks, another of Mr. Holtz's products. I have used this method on all the metals I use for years and it's always worked as expected and kept a good color. 

Then I added some Gilders Paste by Baroque Art. 
Don't be scared off by the price this little tin lasts a long time.
They have lots of colors and I use this black a lot for aging. 
There is an African Bronze that works well. 

I squeeze a drop or 2 of the Blending solution into the cap of the Gilders Paste and use a tuff stencil brush and pick up all the solution and move quickly into the past with swirling motion to soften the area of paste and pick up the pigment on the brush. 
Then push the brush into the surface of the metal with small swirl motion to add this black. If you get too much no worries just a bit more solution and a paper towel.
Be careful you can "erase" what you did pretty quick. 

The Alcohol inks dry pretty fast, but the paste takes a bit longer.
I always wait 12 hours before putting on a clear protective top coat.
For the aged look I'd use a mat finish spray sealer. 

Here are my most recent new makes
 Well I use shiny metal sometimes - 

I've been drawing a few more of the silly little fish I posted here last time. 
I think I'm ready to move on to something else now. 
I enjoyed these a lot. 

With everything going on in our world now
we have to remember to be at peace in our hearts. 
Let those around you know you love them.
Smile often and help others. 

One step at a time we can show that nice matters. 

Pray for Peace


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