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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Finished Piece

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.