DIY Copper Patina Deer Head Decor

DIY Copper Patina Deer Head Decor

Hello friends! I’ve been admiring all the beautiful deer head wall decor for some time but just couldn’t bring myself to having a real animal staring at me. It’s kinda creepy. So, I decided to create my own deer head and add a copper patina to it. While at Hobby Lobby and by total accident I spotted this one made from paper mache. Lightweight and paintable! That was all I needed to grab up this bad boy and add it to my cart. And, I used my 40% off coupon. SCORE!

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How To Add A Copper Patina To Decor

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How create a DIY copper patina on deer head home decor. #copperpatina #homedecor #deerheadA few aisles over from my amazing find, I stumbled across this Modern Masters Metal Effects patina kit. Intriguing! How cool would this copper patina look on this deer head? We will soon know! I couldn’t wait to get home and start my new project.

How To Apply The Copper Patina Metal Effect

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The kit comes with a spray applicator and three bottles. A primer, a metal finish (copper), and a patina activator. I wasn’t sold on the spray applicator, because I wanted to control where the copper patina activator was applied. So, I did what any creative would do. I threw away the sprayer and grabbed my brush.

*When using this product, be sure you’re in a well-ventilated area and wear protective eyewear and gloves. The patina is caused by a chemical reaction and can cause burns to the eyes and skin. Be careful!  

STEP 1 Copper Patina

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Apply 1-2 coats of the “scary” orange metal effects primer with a paintbrush. Don’t worry, the orange won’t show on the finished product. Allow drying between coats as per the manufacturer’s directions on the box. 

STEP 2 Copper Patina

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Once the primer has dried, paint the metal effects copper paint over your project. Make sure to cover it completely. Easy enough so far! 

STEP 3 Copper Patina

Here is where I totally got excited and should have done a quick video to show you the process. I’ll explain it the best I can. This is when the magic begins! 

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Immediately after painting the copper paint (while it’s still wet) use a paintbrush and dip it into the (clear solution) metal effects patina activator. Carefully drip the activator onto the copper paint in the areas you want that dreamy copper patina.  I started at the nose and then allowing it to run down towards the antlers. I also dabbed the activator around in various places with my brush where I wanted the oxidizing to occur. The oxidation occurs within minutes and is very cool to watch. The mixture of primer, copper, and green patina was so yummy! I allowed it to dry overnight.

This was totally my method but the kit is intended to be sprayed on. I never follow directions and this way I was in control of the patina process. If you chose to spray on the activator, it will give an overall copper patina and that too can be very pretty. 

With the deer head complete, I needed a display to hang it from so I got busy and created this DIY Pallet Wood Sign. The sign was painted with chalky paint in a creamy color and slightly distressed to give it that rustic look. Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to make these.

DIY Wood Pallet Sign Display

He’s So Handsome

DIY copper metal patina effects on DIY deer head home decor. #copperpatna #homedecor #deerhead Adding a copper patina… well, any patina to home decor is a great way to add some interest in your home. Not to mention fun! I have several posts that you may love below. Thanks for joining me today and I’d love to hear about your patina projects or answer any questions you may have in the comment section below. 

Until the next project… xo, Do

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