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Metalized skull

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by sdrenth, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. sdrenth

    sdrenth New Member

    Here is my latest european mount. I painted it to look like copper.

  2. Matt_S

    Matt_S New Member

    That looks great. Can you share your technique?

  3. LeviSS

    LeviSS New Member

    I agree...that looks awesome. If you would, please post your method.
  4. sdrenth

    sdrenth New Member

    Thanks guys. Yes I will share my technique with you.

    After the skull is completely clean and dry I mask off the antlers and spray the entire skull with enamel spray-paint. For this one I used a dark copper color.
    I let that dry then use black acrylic paint from a tube. I get it to a fairly thin consistency but thick enough that it will stick to the skull.
    Working on about 1/4 of the skull at a time, I cover it in the black paint. Then before it dries I wipe it off leaving paint only in the cracks, crevices and inside parts of the skull.
    Then after that is dry I coat it in a clear sealer.

  5. Schwein Goth

    Schwein Goth New Member

    Interesting work and method! I'd also try to use the "drybrush" technique (a method often used by modelists)! :)
  6. Megan :)

    Megan :) Well-Known Member

    That looks awesome! I'll have to try that on some of my skulls...
    Thanks for sharing your technique!
  7. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    I like it, but I think I would like it more with a touch of green patina in it also. Not much, just a tinge.
  8. Yinepu

    Yinepu New Member

    I agree.. I'm new to working with skulls (extremely new) but I do work with clay sculpture. The patina can easily be added to a project like this with a small sponge and a little white/blue/green paint. I like to layer the patina using several colors to give depth.

    It does look good though. I love copper with the black antiquing
  9. gamechanger

    gamechanger New Member

    Very nice..

    We do the nickel, gold and bronze in our shop but I really like the look of the copper! Very cool!