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How to Use Bronze Paint on Resin Figures

Updated February 21, 2017

When painting a resin figurine, your options are endless. You can finish the figurine with a colour wash, adding just a hint of colour, or opt for a bright rainbow of colours that will stand out. Bronze paint on figurines can be the base colour or it can be used only as a highlight colour to draw out certain features of the figurine. You can also use bronze acrylic paint to create an antiqued look for your figurine.

Add water to the some of the bronze paint to create a slightly washed-out colour that will make a good first coat for the figurine.

Paint the figurine with the diluted bronze paint. Use the flat brushes to paint the larger surfaces and the round brushes to paint the smaller, more detailed areas. If you want an antiqued look, allow bronze paint to pool in the crevices of the figurine.

Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly.

Paint the figurine again with the bronze paint but this time do not dilute it. Use the flat brushes and small brushes as you did before. You can wipe away excess paint on the most exposed surfaces to give the piece a "worn" look, or allow the paint to dry evenly for a newer looking figurine.

Allow the second coat to dry thoroughly.

Use the round brush to add shading to the bronze figurine. Mix a small amount of black paint with the bronze paint to darken it slightly. Use this new paint colour in the crevices and dimples of the figurine to create shading. Use it sparingly at first, building the level of shading until you achieve the desired look.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat paintbrushes
  • Round paintbrushes
  • Water
  • Bronze acrylic paint
  • Spray sealer, if desired
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Jean Asta has been a freelance writer for domestic and international clients since 2005. She also acts as a training consultant to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the southeast United States. Asta holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, both from the University of Georgia.