I love a project that gets your hand dirty. It makes people think you’ve been working hard!
But these metallic apples are a breeze to make, and cheap too!
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To tie in with my fall decorating scheme, I added some gilding and copper to foam apples from the Dollar Tree using a combination of Rub ‘n’ Buff and DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax. Rub ‘n’ Buff comes in pretty standard colors, but the Metallic Lustre has lots of fun shades, like emerald and cobalt blue, if you want to go a bit off-the-wall when making your own metallic applies.
Dip the makeup sponge in one of the metallic waxes. Wipe the sponge on a paper plate or paint palette to remove most of the pigment. A little bit goes a long way. You want to layer on the color lightly.
Using a light touch, apply random streaks of the metallic wax on the apple, working from stem to base.
Using a second sponge, repeat the process with a second color, filling in any blank spots. When working with the Rub ‘n’ Buff, only squeeze a small amount from the tube at a time. It doesn’t take much at all.
Continue layering on the metallic wax in light coats until you have achieved the desired look. I like to layer the colors on top of one another, while allowing some of the apple’s original color to peek through.
I love how the technique looks on the red apples, as well as the green ones. It would also look stunning on pumpkins.(Note to self: try that!)
Don’t forget to add a little gold or copper to the stems of your metallic apples.
Display the metallic apples in a dough bowl or, as I’ve done, in urns on a bed of shredded wood excelsior.
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