For today’s project, I’m sharing a fun way to turn a sad old frame into a statement piece for your home. It’s all come about because can you believe that a month has already flown by and it’s time for Int’l Bloggers Club! And this month’s theme is Iron Sharing how to paint a faux French Iron Frame using Decor Moulds.
Faux Iron Frame
Last month for Int’l Bloggers Club we all shared with you some fun wood projects which you can find HERE!
This same technique can be applied to any furniture that you’re working on or even a craft project! The possibilities are truly endless.
- Old Photo Frame
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Ash
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Pebble
- Paint Brush – Cling On! F30
- IOD Decor Mould – Classic Elements
- IOD – Air Dry Clay
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Raw Silk
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Grit
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Clear Oil Wax
- Old Rag
- Corn Flour
- 2 x Small Brush
- Wood Glue
- Paper Towel
- Paper Plate
- Love Printable
Step 1 – Using your small brush dust the decor mould with corn flour. Because this prevents the clay from sticking to the moulds. Pull off a small amount of clay and press into your mould. Remove any excess around the shape. Then using your scraper press down firmly and scrape across the entire mould until you have a nice flat surface. Bend the mould at the edge of the design and the clay will pop out. Then carefully used your finger to peel the clay away from the mould. Repeat until you have enough for your design for your frame.
Step 2 – Using another small brush liberally brush on the wood glue to the back of the mould. Place on your frame and press to make sure all of the surfaces of the clay are touching the frame.
You want to do this while the clay is not dry. This makes it more flexible to glue to the frame.
Step 3 – Grab your brush and apply one coat of Ash.
Step 5 – Let dry and then touch up where there has been any mould shrinkage or cracks.
Dry Brush Time!
Step 6 – Using the same brush, no need to wash it, dry brush on your pebble and let dry. Repeat with the Raw Silk until you get a faux iron look. Let dry. Pop some clear oil wax into a cup and using an old brush apply over the entire frame. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Pop a tiny bit of grit out on your paper plate and using the same brush, brush over the entire frame making sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies. Leave for another 5 to 10 minutes. Take your old rag and buff lightly over the entire frame to remove excess oil and blend in the grit.
Leave for 24 hours to let the clay completely dry and your all ready to decorate! Print out your Love Printable onto your A4 card and pop it into a frame!
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If you didn’t share such an awesome step-by-step tutorial I would never have guessed that that wasn’t a real iron frame Sam. It looks so authentic. Stunning
Awwwww, thank you so much, Michelle! So glad you liked it!
Oh my, could I have some fun with those decor molds and air dry clay! Love how the paint layers and molds completely changed the wooden picture frame so it looks like it’s made of heavy iron.
You sure could, Marie!!! They are so addictive!! Hope you get to try them soon. Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment!
You did a fantastic job on the makeover. The frame is beautiful and looks like heavy metal. Loving the dark colour of it Sam, so dramatic.
Thank you so much, Leanna! So happy that you like this technique!!
Love the picture frame.
It looks just like heavy metal
Thank you so very much, Annie!
I had no idea this could even be done! It looks great, and I love the quote you chose to go with it 🙂
Thank you so much, Tiffany! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial!
Those molds and the paint job are amazing, your frame looks like real iron. What a cool idea for this month’s theme!
Thank you so much, Pili! I was a little stumped for this months project but I am so glad this popped into my head!
This looks so real Sam, wow, such a beautiful frame!!! You just rock those paints girl!
Awww, thank you so much, Katrin! I do love to paint that’s for sure! Always have, find it so relaxing!
Wow it looks so real! I am definitely going to try these thanks for sharing! It’s beautiful 🙂
Can’t wait to see what you make with them, Christina!
This is beautiful Sam
Thank you, Deborah! So glad you think so!