Cast Iron Love Bird & Urn Arch - Full View

This cast iron piece was ordered from an import wholesaler, however, I have recently found one very similar, in the King Architectural Metals catalog.

The item number is listed below in the Resource section.

Cast Iron Love Bird & Urn Arch - Close Up

This cast iron item has nice detail, however, it is difficult to see due of the dark color.

Cast Iron Love Bird & Urn Arch - With Rub N' Buff TintThe addition of color dramatically changes the look of this Love Bird & Urn Architectural Arch. Rub 'n Buff is the best product to use when adding color to metal. It is a wax base metallic tint, which provides a beautiful luster & protects the cast iron from rusting.

To enhance the charm of this arch, I chose to use several different tints. Once all of the tints had been applied, I painted the entire piece with a diluted coat of FolkArt's Metallic Antique Gold. If the finish is a little too shiny, once the gold has dried, brush on a diluted coat of burnt umber. Paints can be diluted with water or the clear glaze used in faux painting.

If you would like to add aditional protection, spray the arch with a clear glaze.



This company offers an amazing array of ornamental metals & every thing you would need to create a wrought iron fence. They have three locations: Los Angeles, Dallas & Baltimore. They ship out the same day you order. Amazing!

They do have a website, but do not sell on-line, however, you can order a catalog. They require NO minimum order amount.

Their contact information is: 800-542-2379 or

They have a lovebird arch which is similar to the one featured on this page. It can be found on page 239 of their catalog. It is item # 45-214.


FolkArt offers a wide variety of paints for different surfaces. You can find FolkArt Paint at Wal-Mart and Craft Stores. If you prefer to shop on-line Create For Less has great prices.


Rub 'n Buff by Amaco is magical. Most Craft Stores only carry the silver & gold, but there are many more wonderful colors/tints available.

The following are some Online suppliers I have located:
This place has great prices.
The prices are very good, and they also have many other unique supplies. I plan to spend a little more time checking out this site.
Their prices here are not discounted, however, they do have a very good selection. Also, this is the only place I have ordered from. I plan to try the other places listed, and will update this page when I have more information

Comments: If you have never tried the Rub n' Buff products, you are missing out on a "Golden" opportunity. This product, combined with Folk Art Paints can turn very plain and ordinary items into real "Gems & Jewels".

When you use the Rub n' Buff, it works best to apply it with your finger. The product has a wax base, so the body heat helps make the paint transfer more evenly.

Ways to use Architectural Metal Accents:






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