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We have few good charity shops on our street and I visit those little, magical shops every now and then. Last week, I came back home with a couple of toys I found there. They were not in the their best condition but were perfect for our little project!

I also had a little 3D printed Captain bust (which was broken so I glued it back) and since we have these two options, we can try different methods to create fake metal look like statues.

Step 1: Materials We Need

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Since our models are from charity shops, tools should come from pound (or dollar) stores, right? We found almost all the materials we needed from Poundland and we covered rest of tools with what we have at our place:

  • Matt Black paint: it will be our primer paint. you can use spray primers, or any other base primer paints you have.
  • Various brushes: We got those as a set from pound shop, brushes come with different sizes which is good, but they are made of plastic / synthetic which is terrible. Well, it fits the challenge :)
  • Gloves
  • Measuring spoons: we'll mix some paint, glue, water and metal dust and you don't have to be precise, eyeballing will be good enough. These spoons are disposable so I like them!
  • Mixing cups
  • Half Face mask with filters: yeah, this one is important, especially if you meddle with some metal dust, so no skipping on this one, get one:)
  • Acrylic and water based paints: these are not art grade ones but colours are good enough :)
  • Glue: PVA glue or woodworker glue works just fine.
  • Metal powders: we couldn't find any metal powders that cheap in pound shops but they are sold in various sizes and weights online. We got ours from MBFG in you're in UK. `
  • Steel wool and teaspoons: I forgot to include steel wool in photos but its also can be found very cheap, we will be using it for polishing along with some spoons:)
  • Toys, old knick knacks, cheap action figures, miniatures... Whatever you want to turn it into a statue!
Edgar6 months ago
Cheap Metal powders? Try a fat Graphite pencil's rasping... Emulates old Steel.
ErmanK (author)  Edgar6 months ago
That's a very fit example to the concept, thank you:)
Edgar ErmanK3 days ago
You're welcome. I just do not know it took 6 months for Instructables to warn me of your comment!
Edgar ErmanK6 months ago
Very cheap, too.
swray486 months ago
Please explain, what is: 1 bananas, 2 bananas? Thanks.
ErmanK (author)  swray486 months ago
basically, 1 portion of material A, 2 portion of material B.
swray48 ErmanK6 months ago
JoonaV6 months ago
I love tinkering as well as you seem to. But there is a much easier method. Just use Alclad 2 paints or AK Tru Metal polishable paste. Or various metal patina pastes. Anyways, thanks. I gotta try this just for the hell of it.
ErmanK (author)  JoonaV6 months ago
Yes, there is always an easier or different method, of course! But this one I wanted to share is extremely cheap; for few pounds (or dollars) you can get those materials, this one my challenge to myself:)
Trevor546 months ago
Nice idea., There are verdigris modeller's paints available. I've found "Pale Olive" acrylic also works well.
Alex in NZ7 months ago
Nice work! Thank you for sharing.
Also, totally agree with your urging for patience in finishing work :-)
randofo7 months ago
Cool technique. Thanks for sharing.