Here's the situation: I just ordered a plastic human skull from ebay, and let's just say that I could be more satisfied with its looks. Its jaw is slightly too wide, it has a little underbite, its teeth were filed down too short and some of the detail has been lost.
However, for 17$ bucks, I can't expect much better.
Before I gather some cash to get myself a quality replica (which can be between 100$ and 300$), I plan to experiment a bit with this 17$ skull and see if I can make him look like a thousand bucks.
The process will be like this: I'll stain the skull, hinge its jaw with brass hardware, and fashion a brass and wood stand to support it.
This should be enough to give it some much needed flair and a slightly steampunk aura.
So let's start out with the staining, will-we?
This process is really simple; it's just a matter of having the right materials.
read it again. The RIGHT materials.
I didn't read it enough, personnally, since I disregarded all the info I found on the subject of staining plastic bones and bought the first kind of walnut stain I found instead of trying to get gel stain.
So here's the materials you need:
- A plastic skull
- A rag
- GEL wood stain. (A dark walnut or antique oak looks great)
There you go. Now the process is quite simple. With your rag, apply a liberal coat of stain all over the skull. Be sure to get it in every nooks and crannies.
It's hard to see, but I realized why I should have used gel stain about at the time I took this picture.
The stain I'm using lacks opacity, and is RUNNY AS HELL. Also, it's oil based, so it's not easy to clean up. But I digress. back to topic.
Once your skull is covered, let the stain sit a few minutes, and simply wipe off the excess with a slightly damp rag.
Here's the results. I'm not 100% satisfied; It's not as smooth as I wanted and I was expecting slightly less reddish results. However, all is not lost; I'll try giving it a white wash to smoothen the color a bit, and will go over with a nice golden oak stain to bring out the yellowish tinge of the skull. This combination of colors will probably do the trick.
Stay tuned for the next part!
UPDATE: Link to part 2
The Black Wolf
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