Green Copper Patina Garden Lantern
Candlelight is so special, and a gorgeous garden lantern really makes a statement, and looks beautiful. Now make it unique with a rich copper patina surface that you can make today. This project will give you a sophisticated look EASILY. And the best thing is, it will work on most any surface.
Designed by Beth Wild
- Copper Topper
- Patina Green
- Primer & Clear Sealer
- Lantern or candleholder
- Sponge brush, 1 inch
- Disposable gloves
Prime lantern with Modern Options Primer & Clear Sealer. This is a very important step for outside garden art. Let it dry completely.
Pour Modern Options Copper Topper into disposable plate, pour out only what you think you will need. Using brush, apply Copper Topper onto lantern, make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies of any decorative work, especially deeply carved areas. Don't worry about doing the inside, if you don't want to.
Don't worry about getting an opaque coat the first time. Allow to dry, about an hour, and repeat. Two to three coats is optimal. Once you have put on your last coat, don't delay, move right on to step three.
Pour Modern Options Patina Green into disposable plate, pour out only what you think you will need. Using another brush, brush on Patina Green where you have already applied the Copper Topper. DO NOT wait for last coat of Copper Topper to dry. Wait about 10-15 minutes, or until copper surface is tacky but not dry, start applying the Patina Green.
The Patina Green is very thin and drippy, so this can be messy, be sure to have a thick surface of newspaper or plastic drop cloth under your lantern when you do this. Be sure that entire lantern is wet with the Patina Green solution. I have found the best way is to set the lantern down on its base and paint around it, it is the least messy way.
If your lantern will be hanging don't forget the bottom. Wait until the rest of the surfaces are dry and then do the bottom, by laying the lantern on its side. BE PATIENT, the patina will start to appear within 10 minutes, so wait an hour before you decide if you wanted it more green. If so, just paint more Copper Topper in the areas you want with more patina, wait 10-15 minutes and add the Patina Green.
You may notice that doing this adds different shades of green to your patina, I think this makes it look more real. Once you know you have the look you want, dispose of plates and brushes.
If you decide to seal your lantern, (a great idea when it is going outside), test the sealer on an inconspicuous area to see if you like the color it might change to. It really is a personal choice.
After your garden lantern is completely dry, add a favorite candle and sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. Can you believe how easy that was? And if your lantern wasn't too big you have enough left over to patina something else.
TipsFor best results prime your surfaces, a 10 minute step protects the object and the patina.
Start with a regular coat of patina, be patient and wait for the effect to happen, if after a few hours you want a little more just repeat the steps to add additional green patina to your object.
To protect your patina finish, especially outside, use a clear sealer. Modern Options Primer & Clear Sealer is an easy, brush-on product, though you may want to use a spray polyurethane sealer for intricate surfaces. Some sealers may slightly change the color of the surface, always a good idea to test them first in an inconspicuous area.