Distressed Bird Plaque

Brenda Marks demonstrates her process for distressing her brass bird plaque.

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Materials and Tools:

brass foil/shim
steel wool pad
sandpaper
dry embossing tool
scissors
wax paper
Patina-It (metal distressing fluid)
decorator chalk or colored pencils
3-1/2" x 4-1/2" plaque
2" x 3" plaque
acrylic paint
gel medium
paintbrush
coffee cup sleeve dot stencil
cotton swab
Crafter's Pick The Ultimate glue
handheld cordless drill
chain
large jump rings
table salt

Steps:

1. Rough up the brass foil by sanding it in different directions.

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2. Find a photo of a bird for the design or draw your own on paper.

3. Place the bird design over the sanded brass. Place a piece of wax paper over the bird design. Emboss the outline and details onto the brass with a dry embossing tool.

4. Cut the bird out of the metal with scissors.

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5. Sprinkle table salt onto the metal bird to help the patina stick to the metal.

6. Apply the patina to the metal using a cotton swab.

7. When the bird has the desired aged look, seal it with matte gel medium. Let dry.

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8. Add color to the raised areas of the bird with colored pencils. Seal again and let dry.

9. Paint the larger 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" wood plaque with blue acrylic paint.

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10. Paint the smaller 2" x 3" wood plaque with a background of light yellow green paint. Then apply green and blue paint to the plaque and remove the wet paint with a paper towel to create depth. Allow to dry.

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11. Add dots to the larger plaque using a paper coffee cup holder (or similar object) as a stencil. Paint the dots with blue paint and a brush. Allow to dry.

12. Glue the bird onto the smaller plaque, bending the tail of the bird around to the back. Glue the small plaque onto the larger plaque.

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13. Drill holes in the top corners of the large plaque using a power drill.

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14. Place a jump ring through each drilled hole and attach a chain to the jump rings to hang the distressed bird plaque. Close the jump rings using your fingers.

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