A friend of mine who runs a mom blog asked if I could make her a halloween plaque themed around the Disney movie Hocus Pocus. I used 1/8th" Baltic Birch Ply in 2 layers. I found it easier to score the lettering on the plaque and then cut them out separately. This made lining up the letters a BREEZE. After everything dried I applied a few layers of primer, the same paint used to prime canvases (got it at Walmart)
After the primer was dry I used this AMAZING paint from a company called Modern Masters. As a HUGE Disney fan, I was blown away to find out that 90% of Disney’s props, themed lands, and ride sets are painted using this brand of paint. The MM line I used was the Modern Masters Metal line. You apply 2 coats of the paint. Let it dry. Once dry apply a third layer of paint and while it is still wet, you spray this acidic solution onto the paint which causes the metal in the paint to oxidize. This gives the surface a hyper realistic aged patina look in a matter of minutes. They have Copper, Brass, and Iron paints which all age and patina just as those metals would in nature. I am blown away with how this plaque turned out!