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Upcycling - From Tarnished to Terrific

Posted by Jennifer Snyder

Do you love to upcycle?

Isn't it fun to snag a bargain? Once you bring it home, figuring out what to do with it can be a challenge. I found a metal leaf piece that fit right into my budget and thought I would transform it from a dish to wall decor.

Here's a fun way to take those tarnished treasures and turn them into terrific art.

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Here's What You Need

Rub 'N Buff Autumn Gold

Rub 'N Buff Patina

Rub 'N Buff Gold Leaf

Rub 'N Buff Antique Gold

Stampendous Embossing Enamel - Aged Gold

Stampendous Embossing Enamel - Chunky Gold

Creative Imagination Luminarte Twinkling H2O - Teal Zircon

Creative Imagination Luminarte Twinkling H2O - Lemon Drop

Creative Imagination Luminarte Twinkling H2O - Orange Peel

Prima Timeless Memories Say It In Crystals

Prima Color Bloom Mist -Antique Gold

Prima Color Bloom Mist - Tea Stain

Prima Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Treasures Resins - Bugs

Prima Bella Rouge Flowers

Prima Flowers

Prima Bethany Burlap Flowers

Hemp Cord

Jewelry wire

Start The Transformation

I picked up this cool metal leaf dish at a bargain.

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Start by pulling out Rub 'N Buff in various colors; Rub 'N Buff Autumn Gold, Patina, Gold Leaf and Antique Gold.

Dab and blot Rub 'N Buff onto the project with a paper towel. The dabbing motion leaves texture on the surface from the paper towel. The best results are achieved by dabbing, not rubbing.

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Add accents of color with various Rub 'N Buff colors by blotting with a paper towel.

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Add texture to the piece by sprinkling chunky embossing enamel here and there. Set with heat gun. Be careful - metal gets very hot with the heat gun.

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Apply a few sprays of mist, then heat set the mist. The mist adds depth to the project and makes it more earthy looking.

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Every decorative leaf needs a bug. Prima's Shabby Chic Treasures Bugs resin is perfect. Paint with Twinkling H2O's and heat set between colors. This keeps the colors from mixing. Glue to the metal leaf.

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Customizing flowers to match any project is super easy. This is done by misting and heat setting. Why heat set ? The heat tends to stiffen up paper flowers making them a bit more sturdy. The heat also allows the project to be continued.

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Cut the burlap flower into sections, pinch the ends and glue them to make textured leaves. Add some Twinkling H2O's for pops of color.

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Continue embellishing with flowers, hemp cord, crystals. Glue securely or attach with wire for more durability.

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Finishing touch: secure a moss covered stick to the piece using wire. The wire will also double as a way to hang on the wall.

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The Finished Piece

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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.