Custom Search

Faux Verdigris

Make Your Own Patina

Verdigris is the pale green color that some metal pieces change to with age and weathering.  Copper and brass are most often the types of metal that gets verdigris, but here's a way to make wooden items look aged too.

Faux Verdigris

Wooden items such as boxes, panels and picture or mirror frames look aged and vintage with this treatment. 

Although the tutorial on page 98 in the book I found (Simple Handmade Storage: 23 Step-By-Step Weekend Projects) uses a flat piece of wood, I would love to try this with something carved or molded, just to see what happens.
Simple Handmade Storage - a book

The wooden box is constructed from marine plywood so you can use it outdoors, but you could use anything to make it. 

Then the top of the lid, where this magical technique is used, is painted with exterior varnish.  Before it dries, they sprinkle copper powder on it.  Then let it dry completely.

Tutorial to make Faux Verdigris

Blow off the excess powder, then spray it all unevenly with patinating liquid, or paint on the gel if using that. Follow the instructions on the package to get the right time to leave it on. The fluid reacts with the copper, and produces the verdigris effect.

Let it dry, then cover the entire thing with another coat of the exterior varnish.

Here's a list of the supplies you'll need for this project - use this technique on the box or wooden object of your choice;

Rust-Oleum Varathane 9341H 1-Quart Classic Clear Oil Based Outdoor Spar Urethane, Satin Finish

Copper Powder 100g (Atomized Metal)

Liver of Sulfur Patina Gel - 2 oz

Learn what it takes to be creative - we all have the gene but how do we develop it? Get the free guide! Fill in the form below for your copy;

Find out more about the How to be Creative Guide

Free How To Be Creative Guide

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.