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Friday, March 18, 2016

WIP: Steampunk Leia - Plinth

This is going to be a short one. I used the hairspray and salt technique on the cog and the colors you see above to lay in my under shades. Stipple or sponge - either works fine.

Then I rubbed with a stiff brush and some warm water and then added some highlights with the colors below.
Finally, the cog was attached and some verdigris and streaking was added...
Now she just needs some different kinds of varnish to bring out all those lovely textures and she's ready for her display pics :)
Next post: Display pics of this bust.

That was a long project, but well worth it as I learned a great deal and pushed myself to learn new skills.  Does it make you want to try larger scales or busts? Let me know in the comments and remember; you can't spell paint without a little pain!


  1. That is just fantastic, man! A true work of art from beginning to end - nicely done!

    1. Thanks! It went from disaster to success in a just a few short weeks :P

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    1. thanks! She's coming with me to a Contest today and then being shipped off to Moe later this week :)

  3. Very very nice! I've heard of the salt and hairspray technique. Just a question ... are they better than say painting an anti-rust coloured primer, then a layer of paint before using abrasives to simulate paint chipping? I'm planning to try the last technique out before attempting the salt technique.

    1. I've never tried that way so I'm not sure, but you could just use hairspray without salt and a stiff toothbrush to get the same effect as what you were mentioning. I'd be curious to see what you can do with the primer trick though :)


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