Spray painted brass mesh.

Using Spray Paint to Pattern Metal Mesh 

Materials

Metal mesh (I used brass)
Rubber or latex gloves 
Respirator (this is important!) 
Spray paint used for painting metal (from Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) 
Vinyl Placemats 
Rubber or latex gloves 

Technique

  • Spread out the drop cloth on a wide, flat surface outdoors.  (I spread mine on our grass lawn).

  • Unroll the brass mesh and place the vinyl placemats on top.  Unless it is an especially windy day, you don't really need to adhere the placemats to the metal (nor do you need to clean the metal mesh beforehand).

  • Make sure that you put your respirator on securely.

  • Using the directions from the spray paint, shake the can and apply evenly through the vinyl placemat. (You will be fairly close to the mesh (6-8 inches) You can lift a corner of the placemat periodically to check the degree of coverage.

  • Let the placemat dry (it doesn't have to be completely dry to remove from the metal mesh).  Voila!  You have some unique metal mesh.


Here are some photos of the completed mesh:

Overall painted mesh
 

Above, on the left is copper paint sprayed on brass, black on brass and  silver on brass with the vinyl placemat still in place. 

Below is a close-up of the copper on brass.  The pattern is subtle but distinct.

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Silver on brass with stencil in place. 

Silver on brass with stencil in place.
 

Black on brass. 

Black on brass.
 

Silver on brass with stencil removed.

Silver on brass with stencil removed.