blacken aluminum and weathering wood
Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:14 PM
First, I need solutions to these problems that don't involve a specialty product made for the job. My modeling budget is about as close to zero as it can get, so I need solutions that come from typical household items, if at all possible. Really cheap and available about anywhere may also work in a pinch.
Problem 1 - I need a way to weather wood. I'd prefer that the effect was more subtle than extreme.
Problem 2 - I'm looking for a way to blacken aluminum without having to paint it or anodize it...some type of chemical reaction that darkens it rather than lightens.
Thanks in advance
Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:23 PM
Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black
used by gunsmiths that will do the trick.
1) Many many years ago I built model railroads on occasion, and I found that depending on the type of wood, model paints thinned and applied as washes by brush, and even watercolors, could produce very realistic weathering of wooden structures. Experiment.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:42 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:06 AM
A model RR scenery guru I know clued me in to a 'stupid easy' method: waterbased India ink thinned with isopropyl alcohol. A brief soak in the solution, followed by drying on paper towels overnight(or half the day if it's sunny) yields a nice gray 'neglected' finish:
I added some knots and nails with a Pigma 005 artists' pen, and drilled out a few bigger knotholes. I use a rectangular Tupperware container for the soaking, and an old pickle jar to store it for reuse(and prevent loss by evaporation).
Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:31 AM
I'm going to try out the alky/india ink deal tonight. I'm really after a more subtle effect on this particular piece, so hopefully I can find a sweet spot with duration, etc.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:07 AM