In our ongoing book study project on NGS group, we are looking at the section on Hardware in Julia Andrus' book "Paper Transformed". This technique turns paper/die cut pieces into metal looking hardware. Start with a cutting out and adhering 5 - 10 pieces of matching die cut pieces. [Julia mentions if you want your piece to have more dimension cut out part of the piece and layer on, I didn't do this step]
Smooth out the rough edges with a file or sand paper.
Apply a coat of metallic paint and let dry.
If desired, distress the piece with sanding and/or hammering with texture.
Add additional acrylic paints to create a patina. I rubbed on several colors in spots and covered it all with the q. nickel azo gold, and let dry.