Monday, October 22, 2012

Advice Requested!

So, I would really like to make myself an evening bag to match back to my Gala Gown.  I have a basic idea, and the purse frame to go along with it, however, the gold color is a little too bright.

Does anyone know how to antique a metal purse frame?  (I would really like to avoid noxious chemicals if at all possible.)

I am thinking that the easiest way is to paint and rub so that the color settles in the grooves, but does not cover the entire frame.  Does this sound like a terrible idea?  Any specific paints I should use or avoid?

Any suggestions are very much appreciated!  Thanks!


  1. If you paint and rub, remember to seal it! After putting all that work on the gown, last thing you want to do is get anything smudged on your hands or dress!

  2. I think your idea if painting and rubbing back is the way I would go. Do you not have water based gloss paint over there. We do and it is a real bonus. The toughness of a gloss but without all the nasties and brushes wash out in water. It doesn't leave an ultra shiny effect but a more subdued sheen. Good luck. Can't wait to see the finished outfit. It will be awesome.

  3. Maybe Rub 'n Buff. Comes in a lot of colors.

  4. It depends on the kind of metal you have and whether it is already painted or not. It also depends if the frame is all flat and smooth or if it has twirls, embossings or engraved parts...
    My grandad used some old gold coloured oil paint on a cast iron fireback and the result was amazing (oil paint should not smudge).
    I suggest you go to a modeling shop (for mini cars, planes or roleplay boards with mini soldiers or characters) and ask advice with your frame to the sellers. They usually know what they sell in such specialised shops, and they are used to people painting on iron, plastic, lead or tin.
    Good luck!

  5. I second Cathi. Rub n Buff is great. There are so many colors, it dries relatively quickly, and I haven't had any problems with it coming off later. I've used it on both metal and plastic, with wonderful results. It's carried at most craft stores, or you can buy it online. Be forewarned, though, a little goes a very long way!

  6. I was thinking Rub n Buff too.

  7. I also vote for Rub n Buff. Save yourself any trauma and drama. Just get the antique color you would like and apply according to direction. You don't have to buff if you like how it looks. I have used it to great effect also. It is messy to apply, but that is the only time it ever is in my experience. I last changed the color of a metal wall decoration from brown to silver. Looks great a year later with no troubles. It really is the best product for the job.