DIY Brass Animals

I have a small, but growing, collection of little brass animals and I'm always looking for more to fill in my collection.

The problem is sometimes they are kinda spendy, even at the thrift stores! I guess they have caught on to the surge in popularity of brass lately!

I was out thrifting one day... looking for little brass animals... they are getting harder and harder to come by... when I came across a ceramic swan and I wondered if I could DIY my own brass animals.

I decided to give it a shot!

DIY Brass Animals

DIY Brass Animals
If I hadn't just told you that I tried this technique on a swan do you think you'd be able to tell which one is NOT real brass?

Maybe... but it's pretty close if you ask me! 😏

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Supplies Needed to Try This Yourself!

  • Inexpensive ceramic animals (I found mine a Goodwill but the Dollar Store might have some too)
  • Brass Spray Paint (I used two different colors in my experiment but I think this one would work better)
  • Rub 'n Buff in Antique Gold
  • Rag or Paper Towel

Here is my swan. I shared it at Treasure Trove Tuesday, it was .99 cents so a great candidate for an experiment!

DIY Brass Animals

I started with this Gilded Brass spray paint but it turned out a little too gold so I then went over it with Hammered Metal spray paint in Dark Bronze.

DIY Brass Animals

Here is what it looked like at this point:

DIY Brass Animals

It was still not quite right so I used some Rub 'n Buff over the top.

DIY Brass Animals

You just knead the tube a little bit to make sure it's all mixed up (otherwise it will be really runny) and put a little bit on your finger and then smear it on your animal. It's a little bit like finger painting!

You can see how I didn't get it into all the crevices. That's exactly what I wanted because if you look at real brass it's darker in the crevices.

DIY Brass Animals


It dries very, very fast. Once it's dry buff it with a rag or paper towel.

DIY Brass Animals

Didn't she turn out pretty?

DIY Brass Animals

Here she is with all her new brassy friends!

DIY Brass Animals

DIY Brass Animals

DIY Brass Animals

I was excited that my idea actually worked!

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DIY Brass Animals