I had a blast playing with Dixie Belle’s Copper Patina on this project! I always love good texture and this product does not disappoint! Join me!
Supplies I Used
- Prime Start, Copper Patina, Blue Spray and Green Spray by Dixie Belle
- Paint colors of your choice: I used Dixie Belle’s In the Navy, Yankee Blue, Drop Cloth, Sand Bar, Sea Glass, and Chocolate.
- Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Flat
- White Lightning by Dixie Belle
- Chip brushes
- Mister Bottle
- Metal project of your choice: one of mine included a galvanized Metal Pitcher from Hobby Lobby
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Let’s get started
As always before starting our Copper Patina project, make sure to clean it well to remove dirt and oils.
I prefer using Dixie Belle’s White Lightning.
There is a full blog post on how I use this for both large and small projects, just click here for more information.
Prepping our surface
The possibilities with Dixie Belle’s patina line seem endless.
When using their patina products on metal surfaces, they must be prepped first with Dixie Belle’s Prime Start.
As you can see below, the orange ceiling tile in the background, actually has two coats of Prime Start as part of the prep.
I used a regular paint brush and applied the first coat and waited 24 hours.
Painted the second coat and then again waited 24 hours before moving on.
One thing about using their Patina line, if you are using this on non-metal surfaces, you do not have to use Prime Start.
You can completely skip this step.
Have Fun painting your project!
For my first Copper Patina projects, I wanted to have some fun!
My projects include a galvanized metal pitcher from Hobby Lobby and a ceiling tile from a Flea Market find.
I started off with using Dixie Belle’s Drop cloth and painted the entire surface.
By using a chip brush, I pounced this layer on to add more texture as a base.
Then I pulled out my In the Navy, Yankee Blue, and Sea glass.
Using a clean chip brush I applied the blues first in a diamond pattern over the ceiling tile and then I applied the Sea glass sporadically over the blues.
With the pitcher, I pounced on the blue over the bottom third of the pitcher and left an rough, sporadic edge between the blues and Drop Cloth.
In the end, I wanted to do some more playing and ended up painting the bottom half of the ceiling tin in Yankee blue.
I didn’t paint across the ceiling tin in a straight line, I kept it more flowing like a wave.
Time to add my first layer of Copper Patina
The Dixie Belle patine paints, Copper, Bronze and Iron have small flakes of metal.
Along with the Blue and Green Patina sprays to activate the paints, I will not wash any of these in my sink.
I’ll either use disposable foam brushes or cheap chip brushes instead.
Tip (from AJ’s Vintage Designs): use a chip brush for these paints and when done, let the paint dry on the brush and then cut the bristles instead of cleaning them in my sink.
After cutting the bristles, you can get one more use from these chip brushes.
Make sure to stir the Patina line up very well before using.
This is our first of two coats of Copper Patina that must be applied to our project.
As you can see in the pictures, I pounced with a chip brush the Copper Patina along the edges of where the blues and Drop Cloth meet.
I also had a little fun and added more areas of Copper Patina in areas I thought might have some natural aging.
But I’m not done quite yet with adding more texture and depth to my tin ceiling tile and pitcher.
Adding more depth & texture
Below you can see hints of the diamond I started out with before adding my “blue wave”.
I decided to add more depth and texture along the Drop Cloth by adding areas of Dixie Belle’s Sand Bar and Chocolate.
By using my water in my Mister Bottle I lightly sprayed areas and as I was painting.
Using a little water, it makes blending paints easier.
Time for second coat of copper patina
Let the fun begin!
Before we start spraying away with the Blue or Green Spray which activates our Copper Patina paints we need to do a little more prepping.
When you get your Dixie Belle’s sprays, the bottle and spray handle are separate.
Keep the cap that comes on the bottle for storage, don’t throw them away like I did!
After each use, you will need to rinse out the spray nozzle since it has some metal in the nozzle.
Since I didn’t know this when I first purchased them, I bought two smaller mister bottles at Hobby Lobby to use.
When it comes time for clean up, do not rinse the spray nozzles in your sink.
I poured any excess blue or green spray back in their original bottles and then filled the smaller bottles up with water and sprayed them into a paper towel until the spray came out clear water.
Then I threw away the paper towel and let the small mister bottles air dry.
Now, lets grab your mister bottles, your disposable chip brush and a few baby wipes just in case.
In order to activate the Copper Patina, we need to apply a second coat and before this coat dries, we need to then mist or dab with a chip brush the Blue and/or Green spray to activate the process.
Remember, before spraying, close your Copper Patina and do not put your chip brush back into the container once you add your spray.
Just in case, you do not want to activate the Copper Patina in your container and ruin it for future projects.
Once you’ve misted the Blue and/or Green spray over the Copper Patina, now it’s time to sit back and wait.
Anywhere from 2 hours to 24 hours, once you’re ready to stop the process, go ahead and add a coat of Dixie Belle sealer in your choice.
As you can see, above, I repeated the same steps on my ceiling tile.
I absolutely love how this turned out!
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