Bronzing or Bust

Bronzing or Bust

This project gives an aged vintage look to an existing plaster bust.

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Plaster, ceramic or plastic bust; size and style of your choice
Spray paint primer in flat white
Spray paint in gold metallic
Craft paint in black
Craft paint in aqua
Plastic cup
Cup of water
(2) 2” paintbrushes
(2) Dry rags
Protective facemask


1. Put on the protective facemask. In a well-ventilated area spray paint the bust with flat white primer. Spray the paint in even strokes, holding the can around 12” from the bust. Allow to dry for about 5 minutes or until dry to the touch before moving onto the next step (See image below)

2. Repeat Step 1 but this time spray the bust with the gold metallic paint (See images below)


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3. Brush a light coating of black craft paint onto a 6” x 6” section of the bust focusing on the recessed areas. Rub off the excess in the raised areas with a dry rag to keep them light. The contrast of light and dark will create an aged effect. Continue brushing on black paint and rubbing it off until the whole bust is covered (See images below)

Expert Tip: Working in small areas will stop the black paint from drying too much before the excess is wiped off.

4. Add about a teaspoon of aqua paint to the plastic cup and water it down with about 1/4” cup of water. Drip the watered down paint over the high points of the bust to give the impression of aged patina water damage (See image below)

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