Vintage Sewing

Advice Requested!

October 23, 2012

I am currently working away on a Gala Gown that will hopefully be finished before next Sunday!

I am hoping to make myself an evening bag to match back to the dress, and would like to ask everyone if they know of an easy way to antique a purse frame that is currently bright gold?

If at all possible, I would like to avoid scary chemicals.

Does anyone have any suggestions, or know of any tutorials?


  1. Scratch it will wire wool pad, paint it will black acrylic paint and then rub off with tissue – takes a bit of practice, and depends on how “old” you want it to look….. good luck

  2. I suspect the acetone removes a lacquer finish applied to keep the metal bright. Follow the acetone treatment with vinegar, and it should antique nicely and quickly.

  3. If the frame is metal, use Rust Oleum. You can get it in the hardware store, just make sure you get the small half pint can (you paint it on, not spray paint). I’d use black or leather brown. Apply with a cheapo chip brush (usually about $1). Then rub back with a t-shirt scrap. Work quickly before it dries. Decorative paint used to be my day job, and Rust Oleum is a super product. Good luck, and post a picture!

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