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Posted by Graeme, on 2008-07-12 11:50:43
Just finished some faux metal textures
Foam board covered with textured packing cardboard, polymer clay bolt heads and rivets glued on, painted with black gesso, splashed and dripped black gesso with crystal salt. White gesso wash and clingfilm pressed onto it (removed when dry), burnt sienna acrylic wash.
Posted by bobharling1, on 2008-07-12 12:51:29
whoa those look awesome, great job.
Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-07-12 19:15:03
very incredible looking surfaces. Do you any other photos? Maybe ones a little further back, the close ups are terrific but I also want to see the whole prop. Very well done. Was this done wet on wet or did you let some of it dry before the next step? And I understand the washes, but can you explain the texture a bit more?
Posted by Woolly Monster, on 2008-07-12 19:31:33
Wow, they look fantastic.
Posted by Graeme, on 2008-07-13 02:12:55
Here is a picture I have just taken of the panel out in the garden. I'll post more detail on the process tomorrow, as the weather is good today my partner has decided that I need a day out in the country with real people.
Update: just found this picture at the black gesso stage.
Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-07-13 02:43:13
the texture looks great. the whole thing is very well done. great job.
Posted by PaulVortex, on 2008-07-13 05:37:42
Awesome - Looking forward to your detailed description.
Posted by Nick H, on 2008-07-13 19:46:41
Really nice rusty metal!
Posted by Graeme, on 2008-07-14 14:21:21
A more detailed description of the process.
1. I made some polymer clay press moulds to make the rivets and the bolt heads (pic 1) this enabled me to produce the amount I required quickly.
2.I covered 1 oblong shaped piece of foam board with some thick textured packging paper (pic 2) that I retrieved from the dustbin, or you could use any cardboard or paper product or even handmade papers, with a rough surface, I cut a round plate out of foam board and covered this with the same paper, I then glued the plate on the oblong sheet along with the rivets and bolt heads. I am preparing a smaller scale set and will be using thin black tissue paper which has been scrunged up' and then glued to the foam board, also testing some acrylic medium with added fibres (tesing sawdust and sharp builders sand...coarse and uneven).
3. When all of this had dried I covered the whole surface with black gesso undiluted. I let this dry and then dribbled and splashed black gesso onto the prop to give it further texture adding fine and coarse crystal salt to the wet gesso (you can use sand, sawdust etc )
4. When this had dried I mixed 1 part white gesso with 4 parts water, (it needs to be quite thin) and painted it across the surface, before this dried I stretched sheets of 'Cling Film' kitchen wrap and pressed them randomly into the surface. Its important that the white gesso 'puddles in the cracks and crevices of the textured paper, the kitchen wrap adds more surface design to the high parts of the texture, I think this is probably the trick that makes it look the way it does.
5. When the white gesso had dried I pulled the kitchen wrap off. I let the whole thing dry off completely overnight.
6. I made up a mix of 1 part liquitex transparent burnt sienna acrylic paint with 4 parts water and painted it over the whole sheet, although this paint is 'transparent' it needs to be quite thin to look effective. I may give it a coat of matt varnish although I'll test before I do that.
If there is anything else you want to know let me know...Its easier to do it than write about it :)
Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-07-14 18:43:48
that is terrific, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Graeme, on 2008-07-15 02:18:02
No Problems John, I have gained so much knowledge from the forum it would be churlish not to spend a bit of time and effort sharing ones own experiences.
Posted by hemble, on 2008-07-16 00:35:50
Toatlly amazing work the rust and textures are spoton.
Posted by Graeme, on 2008-07-18 06:09:09
Last but not least a test for a bronze material with a patina. Same process but the final finish is a wash of thin irridescent acrylic copper (Golden acrylics) when dry a blend of Turquise phalio, green chrome oxide and zinc white for the patina. The textured paper is a wallpaper from a hardware store.
Posted by McTodd, on 2008-07-18 07:29:09
Whoa there, seriously beautiful work!
What sort of set are you making? Please tell...
Posted by Graeme, on 2008-07-18 09:25:31
Its a video for a music composer who lives in the north of England its a combination of Stopmo and pixilation techniques. The metal finishes are for a machine that one of the characters/puppet operates. I'll be posting more up as I progress, there is a dirty old toilet here:
which could be in a factory or old house somewhere in the geography of the video. See from your signature you are based in London, where abouts ? I'm in Greenwich
Posted by McTodd, on 2008-07-18 10:31:50
God's teeth, that's an uber-khazi!
Simply superb set-building skills! I can almost smell the vile thing...
Greenwich? Very nice!
I'm based in glamorous Walthamstow, famous for:
- the dog track
- 90s popular beat combo East 17 (not sure what to make of that)...
Only recently moved into my new flat and haven't got t'internet (I'm typing this whilst pretending to work) so I'll not be able to reply until Monday - so have a great weekend!