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Metal mania

Mark Rayner turns simple terracotta forms into metallic masterpieces.

You will need: 3 contrasting terracotta forms, small roller and a medium paintbrush. Resene Terracotta Sealer and Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat. Resene Lumbersider in Resene Porsche for the basecoat for pyramid, Resene El Salva for the basecoat for sphere and Resene Rope for the basecoat for planter. Resene Enamacryl Metallic in Resene Bullion for the topcoat for pyramid, Resene Copper Fire for the topcoat for sphere and Resene Magma for the topcoat for planter and Resene Concrete Clear.

To get the look: Mark planted a Cordyline australis 'Albertii' in the 'metal' container.

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Step 1 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 1
Wash the terracotta forms with warm, soapy water and rinse well. Allow to dry.

Step 2 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 2
Coat the inside of the planter with terracotta sealer. Allow to dry.

Step 3 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 3
Paint the outside of each terracotta piece with one coat of Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat. Allow to dry.

Step 4 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 4
With a small roller, apply one coat of Resene El Salva to the sphere, one coat of Resene Rope to the planter and one coat of Resene Porsche to the pyramid. Allow to dry.

Step 5 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 5
With a small roller, apply two coats of Resene Copper Fire to the sphere, allowing two hours drying time between coats.

Step 6 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 6
With a small roller, apply two coats of Resene Magma to the planter, allowing two hours drying time between coats

Step 7 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 7
With a small roller, apply two coats of Resene Bullion to the sphere, allowing two hours drying time between coats.

Step 8 how to decorate terracotta forms with metallic paint

Step 8
Allow the base coats to dry overnight, then finish with two coats of Resene Concrete Clear, applying it out of direct sunlight and allowing at least two hours between coats.

 
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