I’ve been using these inexpensive plastic gourds and pumpkins that I found at Walmart. Not a bad price, but they look way too artificial and bright to me. So I’ve been doing something that I’ll just call “burnishing.”
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First, I brush them with antique gold Rub ‘n Buff. Yes, I know, most people rub it on but I prefer to brush it. It dries very quickly and then you’re ready to move on to the next step. To knock back some of the shininess of the gold, I use some metallic copper paint.
The copper paint came in this set of metallic and glitter paint that my sister-in-law gave me. I’m not sure where she got the set but Bella Glitter and Metallic Paint available on Amazon HERE. (I must disclose that I’m an Amazon affiliate and I do make a few pennies if you order through this link!) I’ve used several of the other colors in the set, and they create a really pretty finish.
I love the color. It’s not quite gold nor is it copper, so I just call it “burnished!”