My color of choice 'Rusted Metal Patina' (haven't seen it in the Crayola box yet.)
Can't always find the perfect rust so here is how I fake it:
I use these 2 products: Sophisticated Finishes. I get mime at Michael's or Robert's Craft (Utah). Make sure you used your 40% coupons. They also have copper and other metal finishes. You need both bottles.
For the switch plate covers I lightly sanded the plastic. Wipe the dust off and dry. Next paint the switch plate cover with this:
It has real iron filings in it. Let dry and paint a second coat. I also did the screws.
Then paint this on and watch the rusting begin.
No two items have turned out the same which makes it soooo fun. When it is completely dry I seal it with a matte sealer. The sealer will darken the finish and tone down the orange.
My switch plate covers are about 4-5 years old and have held up really well.
Here are some other things I used my 'Rustfinger' on:
The top photo is the backside. This had hideous blue and gold plastic beads. I changed the beads to wooden ones and used jute to hang it with.
I got this plastic P when our local Walmart was being remodeled. It was part of the "One Hour Photo' sign. Now I wonder why I didn't take all the letters!!!!!
This mirror had a golden bronze finish....couldn't leave it be!!!!
So go forth and let the Rusting begin.....my Mom will be so proud!!!