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Unread 05-12-2017, 03:12 PM   #1
Keitarin
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Question How to make PVC pipe look like metal?

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One cosplay I'm currently working on is Sabitsuki from .flow, and her iconic weapon in a piece of iron pipe. I figured PVC pipe from the hardware store would be my best bet, so I need to know how to make it look like metal.

I'm hoping for something that will look kind of dull and slightly rusted. Any help is appreciated, or if you think there's a better material than PVC I should use, please let me know!

Thank you!
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Unread 05-12-2017, 04:22 PM   #2
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This uses a joint, but its a good step in the right direction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk6zEJcgAWI
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Unread 05-12-2017, 08:35 PM   #3
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PVC pipe should work just fine
heads up that the size given for piping is "nominal inner diameter"
so the pipe will be larger than it says

i got some 1.25 pipe, and feel its a bit big (if you want it to feel like a sword in the hand)
the actual size outer is 3/8 larger (just shy of being 1.75)

remember to paint the pieces while assembled
and to keep then able to separate, wind a few rounds of teflon tape around the end threads
so it sticks out a tiny bit then do your best to cram that extra back in the gap
after connecting the pieces
that should prevent the paint job from seeping in or binding up the pieces

another technique you can try is this dusting https://youtu.be/V8uTeKeIfa0?t=85
but youd want to start with a darker gray then dust with black
to get a darker gradient

rememer that iron/lead piping is usually real dull/flat and often coated
(ie black/gas pipe) so you might need to fight the urge to use shiny metalic colours

not sure primers are universal, if not, youll need one formulated for use with plastics
if you want, use a disinfecting wipe to clean the pipe
but dont worry about any print thats on it, primer/paint will go over and you wont see it

clear coat to protect paint job (2 coats) (and from paint rubbing off onto your hands)
just remember to stick with flat, dull or matte,

also teflon tape is cheap so dont feel like you gota try to minimize what your using
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Unread 05-14-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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That was a lovely video that Digit linked. Bear in mind there was at least an hour of drying time, possibly more between every single layer. So the three minute video represented about 18 hours of actual time! Part of why his results were so good is PATIENCE.
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Unread 05-16-2017, 08:06 PM   #5
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Thank you everyone for your advice! Digit, that video is really helpful. With a few adjustments, I should be able to get the look I want using this.
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Unread 05-19-2017, 03:30 AM   #6
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You can also use iron powder to get a real rust look. This video by KamuiCosplay shows how to do it, starting at about the 3:50 mark
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