How to Create DIY Faux (Fake) Vintage Brass

I have been working on a project with some vintage brass, and I realized I really wanted some eggs – but no such luck.

So, I decided to DIY a faux vintage brass look and share how I did it with you.

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I remember in college taking a marketing class talking about “early adopters” – they are the people who stand in line at the Apple Store the night new technology comes out.  Or, they start wearing a fashion trend long before I understand what it is all about.

I am not an early adopter.

I was slow to switch from gold jewelry to silver.  And now I am struggling with switching back to gold.

But when I started to see vintage brass making its way back into decor, I warmed up pretty quickly.

I am working on a tablescape for Easter, and as I said, I needed some brass eggs.  So I decided to make some.  And it was super easy.

This is what I used:

-Raw Wooden Egg (with a tack in the bottom to hold it during painting)

– Inexpensive black ink

– Liquid Gold leaf paint

– Martha Stewart gold metallic paint.

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Step 1 – I painted the wooden egg with the liquid gold leaf paint.

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Step 2 – I then rolled the egg (the gold leaf dries quickly) in the ink while the gold paint is slightly damp.  Using a dry brush to blend and “smoosh” it in.  If you are painting something that can’t be rolled, use a dry brush to brush on the ink.

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Step 3 – Using the brush from the gold paint, I added a little more back in where the black got too heavy.

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Step 4 – Then, using a foam brush, I dabbed on the gold metallic paint to brighten it a little bit.

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Step 5– Using the dry brush from the ink, I blended it all together.

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The reality is vintage brass ends up in a whole lot of different colors, so this technique works well as an “in-between” tone without being too “gold”.

I also tried the technique on a wooden number five and on this one I let it go a little bit darker and more “vintage” with darker areas.

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 If this was going to be used somewhere it was touched or moved often, I would probably seal it with a clear sealer.

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So, what do you think – can you get on the brass bandwagon?  Or are you holding out for avocado green appliances to make their way back?

Thanks so much for reading!

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  1. They turned out beautifully! Love these for Easter decor. Yes, I love brass too, so glad it’s back in. I already had some pieces, and I’ve been picking up a few more at the thrift store lately…including the cutest little egg cup.
    Debbie 🙂

  2. Looks wonderful! I especially like the “5”. Great job on all! I can roll with the brass…just not the Avocado green or Harvest Gold shag carpet! 🙂

    Pat