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08-18-2009, 11:52 PM
So, this is my first time basically making any type of prop, clip, whatever you want to call it.

I'm using cardboard, and covering it over with clay to give it a 3D type of look. After it dries, I was going to paint it but only one problem .. What type of paint should I use ?

I was thinking acrylic, but I wasn't sure. ;x

And is there something I could use to after the paint is dry to make it look shiny? I'm pretty sure I've seen people on here talk about it before, but I don't remember what it's called.

Thanks if you could help me out !

08-19-2009, 12:01 AM
What kind of clay are you covering it with? Sculpey, model magic, paperclay...? Acrylic should be fine for Sculpey and paperclay, I would think, but you'd probably have to seal model magic first with some matte mod-podge or acrylic gesso. I've never painted on it, so I'm not sure.

After you finish painting, let it fully dry and then paint it over with a few layers of glossy mod-podge, letting each layer dry before starting on the next, in order to get a glossy finish.

08-19-2009, 12:53 AM
Im all about acrylic paints. FYI,you can paint directly on model magic and its sandable. To get a shiny coat on any thing you can use a clear spray paint or laquer. just remember not to use oil based and water based paints together.

08-19-2009, 12:22 PM
The clay I'm using is the one that you can make from home; made out of flour, salt, water, etc.
I looked everywhere for the model magic stuff, but no one carries it where I live. ;x So I figured I'd do the next best thing.

And alright. C: Hopefully I can find the glossy mod-podge here ~
.. and look for some paint while I'm at it. ;o

08-19-2009, 01:42 PM
I used clear enamel on mine to make it more glossy. The glossy reflections I was hoping for, under normal light gives the appearance of more battle damage, and makes the whole costume a little more photogenic.

08-20-2009, 02:32 AM
There's a brand of spray paint by Krylon that gives a metal sheen to props. It's not a mirror sheen like chrome, but under the sunlight, it does look rather similar to metal. They come in a variety of colors. However, if you're planning to use spray paint, make sure you coat your prop several times in some sort of sealer, such as a gesso or--my personal favorite--Mod Podge (which can be found at an arts and crafts store). And, after painting (either with spray or acrylic), use a finisher so the paint will be protected. If you by the gloss Mod Podge or a gloss finisher, the shine will be further enhanced.

08-22-2009, 09:46 PM
Thanks everyone. C: My friend went to the store and bought some acrylic paint and the mod-podge ~~

I figured instead of making another topic, I'll ask here, as well.

Can acrylic paint be used on fabric ? I've kind of gotta paint this pattern onto a sash for one of my costumes, but I wanted to make sure acrylic was alright to use. ;x

08-22-2009, 09:57 PM
...I'd use fabric paint D: It'll save you a LOT of potential hassle. I haven't tried it, so I'm not sure, but...

08-23-2009, 12:55 AM
Stick to fabric paint, in my opnion. Well, if you don't want to buy an additional bottle, you can check what it says on the bottle of your acrylic. Check and see if it works on fabrics.

08-23-2009, 05:12 PM
Hmm, alright. C: I'm going to the store again tomorrow so I'll lurk around for some, considering I didn't see any in the fabric store today.