Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Update to an Old Post

In addition to today's post, I updated this older post about using fiberglass to make the Windia Sword. I added a few resin progress shots, and updated some of the text. Check it out!

Deathsmiles: Windia (or, How to Make a Wooshy Sword with Fiberglass and Resin)


Creating Branches and Wood Texture - Cheaply!


The aforementioned project for which I painted many, many leaves also required branches (what else would leaves be on?). Not only branches, but branches of specific thicknesses and shapes. And, oh yeah, they have to be light enough to carry on my back. Geez!

I solved the conundrum by creating the branches out of PVC pipe. It's cheap, readily available, lightweight, comes in many different thicknesses, and easy to bend with some sand and a heat gun. I'll talk more about that process in another post.

Once I had all this smooth PVC formed into branches, how to make them look like... well branches? The answer: TEXTURE ALL THE THIIINGS!

Step-by-step after the jump:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I'm Not Dead! Plus DesignMaster Paints on Faux Greenery

Indeed, I am alive, aliiiiive! Last year, all I really did was work. Lots of long days and overtime. It was entirely worth it, but now I am not working, so I have time to costume again! Horraaaay.

I had to paint some faux leaves for my current costume (what could it beee?), which I'm hoping to debut at PAX East.

I used some spray paint called DesignMaster (that's the brand). It's available in all the major craft stores.

This is a great paint for painting stuff like these leaves that needs a bit of a flexible finish. The colour goes on in a very fine mist, making it easy to blend and layer the colours. This was perfect for the leaves, which needed to be golden, with some brown and orange undertones.

These started out dark green.

I had never used this product or painted "silk" flowers or leaves before, so I ended up wasting maybe two cans of paint because of it. But now, I think I have it down. Don't be like me! Here are some tips for use:

- If you are completely recolouring the item, like I was, seal it first with two (or even three) light coats of the Super Surface Sealer by the same brand. This will keep the item from absorbing too much paint. This was my big mistake.

- To achieve the multi-toned look I got, I would start with a light coat of brown, followed by orange, then yellow (probably two coats of yellow).

- This product WILL drip and run, like any spray paint, if you hold the can too close or spray for too long in one spot. The best look and coverage was achieved with building up several light coats from about ten inches away. This is especially important if you are blending colours.

Finally, these paints are about $8 in the store, so utilize your store coupons! They are well worth it for this kind of project, though. The flexible finish and fine mist are great.

Happy painting!