Who wouldn’t love a recipe for
Roasted Rusted Pumpkins? Sounds delicious, right? The Modern Masters Metal Effects® product collection is BY FAR my favorite line to create oxidized finishes such as Rust and Verdigris. I was recently speaking with Monique Rogers of the Modern Masters line and she forwarded some images of her 6-year old son creating a rusted pumpkin for school, playfully called The Pumpkin in the Iron Mask. Cute right? I thought I’d share the images with you and give you a bit more info on the Rust finish effect.
It’s a 4-step system with a Metal Effects Primer, Iron Reactive Paint, a Rust Activator and the Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat. They work together as a system to create the wanted metal patina and oxidized effects. (The other metal effects do not always require a topcoat, but the Rust finish does.)
First, you prime with the Metal Effects Primer and then go over that with the Iron Reactive Paint. Here, you can see that both small and large faux rivets were embedded into the pumpkin before the painting began. You could use thumbtacks for this effect and it definitely adds a nice layer of realism! Make sure you have great coverage of both products.
Spraying the pumpkin with the Rust Activator. Notice the safety goggles and floor drops!
Voila! The Rust Activator will then work its own magic and you can frequently see the process before your eyes. Love that! Note that it will activate where you spray and so a nice even coat may be best but it also depends on the look you are going for. Do note that, in addition to spraying, you can also brush on the Rust Activator or use another applicator. Some areas may take longer than others — I always wait overnight and then I topcoat. If you should have any questions on the Metal Effects® line, Modern Masters has a fantastic FAQ area with helpful information.
I do have to say the results are not a “painted” effect — the finish is quite incredible!
Modern Masters has wonderful recipes to create stylish rust finish surfaces for Interior Design. Here’s two sample images:
On the left is the unique Rusted Finish recipe and on the right is the Rusted Iron recipe. You can find the even more inspiring images of the oxidized metal effects in action in their Photo Gallery. You might think these finishes are limited to small accessories and/or pots but it’s truly incredible to see the amount of surfaces this line can work on — from hospitality exteriors to fountains to light fixtures to gates to sculptures and more. This is in addition to walls and ceilings!
Please do be sure to check out their Facebook page and fun Pinterest account as well. Of course, you could also see all their incredible products, available globally, on their Modern Masters website. Do let me know if you’ve used their Metal Effects® line and if you’ve liked the results!
HALLOWEEN DAY UPDATE: Wanted to share a wonderful post and tutorial on Metal Effects pumpkins by Chicago artist Bonnie Lecat. Beautiful step-by-step action — she rocked it! Enjoy!
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