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Cosplay:Metal Texture Tutorial by Risachantag Cosplay:Metal Texture Tutorial by Risachantag
For more photos of the props/armour I've textured, and to see the shuriken in use, take a look through my Wai-con photos (My sister and I are cosplaying FFVII Yuffie & Tifa and their AC versions). [link]

For tutorials on making the props & armour, I recommend Amethyst Angel's tutorials: [link] She does some amazing stuff!
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Cosplay:Metal Texture Tutorial by *Risachantag Suggesters Words: Since you can't take weapons to cons, fairs, or pretty much anywhere else, this is great tutorial for making materials look like real metal. The method is simple, and the steps are well-explained. Anyone can follow this tutorial, and the results look pretty darn good! ( Suggested by PirateLotus-Stock and Featured by shelldevil )
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Amazing artwork!
InkOnHerLips Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm making weapon prop for the first time and got to the painting part. Obviously just using metallic silver doesn't work, making it look more fake than ever. So I've been looking from one weapon prop tutorial to the next and each one tells me how to make them but when it comes to the painting part they are rather vague on the details, one was "Next you paint and let it dry!" Another listed what they used but offered no other details. 

One that did the same fortunately linked to your tutorial and I have to say once again thank you so much! I just tried this on one side and it looks 10x better already. Not 100% real but much much better and what I want. 
Risachantag Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No worries, I'm glad to see that my old tutorial is still getting use! Texturing props is still my absolute favourite part of prop-making. Wishing you luck with your project!
InkOnHerLips Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
Just returned from the con with my completed project and though I need to do a few things differently next time it was great for my first try doing something of the sort and it looked great in the photos.

I'm going to have to use this technique for my next prop so I'm forever grateful to you for making this tutorial. A thousand times over thank you. 
Flashgriffin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is perfect!  Thank you so much!
CamKitty2 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow. This tutorial is incredibly helpful. I don't think I ever fully realized how much a good paint job can help with making things look real. Thanks for this, it will really help!Love 
sirjer Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
what is this? a post for ants?!
Risachantag Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Click on it to zoom in. Never done that before on DA? It's 4000 pixels at full size.
OneWeirdLord Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Would this work with a weapon that's supposed to be red?
would this also work on foam weapons too?
DreamingDragon15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Artist
Hi, I linked to your tutorial on my blog: thecosplaychronicles.wordpress…
FrancescaNekoryu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Interesting tutorial
TwiggySrfrGrl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfect. Thanks for putting this together.
Maxus-the-fox Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student
Just what I needed, now I can paint the knife for my Akira cosplay without making it look cheap!
Thanks!! :heart:
YokaiTenshi95 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you get the shape to be so sharp? :D
Stardust-skies Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So nice! I look forward to trying this out if I ever need to make any metallic looking props :)
haruruhinata Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing. :)
Stridoor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I' currently mking a weapon, but its black, any idea what i could do to  make it look used??
CarolineShirosaki Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
try using very dark metallic grey on highlighted areas? That's the first thing that comes to mind for me. Good luck (though you've probably finished by now haha)
Stridoor Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks! and no i'm not ah a i'm still working on the last pieces 
XChloroform-KissesX Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that turned out fantastically! ^o^ Very well done, and very helpful too. Thank you for sharing!
YoursTrulyJaneDoe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How did you get it shiny in the first place?
Risachantag Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Chrome spray paint. It's much better than 'silver' spray paint, which tends to be less shiny.
TheLittlebluebird100 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013

awesome! wish id known how to do this when I made mine


Boxy-Lady Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh wow i could really use this
Zealyss Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for posting and for adding the link to Amethyst Angel's tutorials. I was wondering if it would be okay to add this to my anime club's newsletter--I know a lot of the members are interested in making props/making props look more convincing. Either way, thank you for sharing!
DemonEyesMangaXD Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
is there any way to do this on paper (without paint on it)? I have a prop that has a blade made of posterboard-ish material and i really enjoy your tutorial.
Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I don't imagine you'll get as nice a finish working on paper, but it should make it look more realistic anyway. =)
DemonEyesMangaXD Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
thanks uwu
MrsVanguard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great Tutorial. I never thought of this but will definitely being doing this in the future!
metamorphcat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
wow! thank you! ^w^
Xitrozady-Elf Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exelent! You helped me!)
HekateLesedi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Does this method work with acrylic paint? If the paint is watered down does it produce a similar effect, or does it need to be model paint?
Risachantag Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Acrylic paint is a little harder to work with, as it doesn't stick to spray paint very well. If you're working on other surfaces it should work okay, but I recommend using a sealant if you do, as acrylics wear off more easily.
HekateLesedi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
That actually makes a lot of sense. I didn't think about it that way. ::scurries off to buy model paint::
KiriSosha Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is very useful!
MsMojorisin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so useful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of the cosplay world. :)
FatLittleSeal Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
wow....that is gorgeous.....
iv been looking up all sorts of 'how to make a shuriken' tutorials
and most of them refer to yours ><
im not that good at painting to i doubt that mine will turn out that great
but can i ask u HOW DID U MAKE THE SHURIKEN???!!!~
ninjaneko93 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is awesome ^^ Thank you :)
Do you mind if I ask what exactly did you use to make the weapon o.o;
Free-Falling Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Very helpful <3 Needed this for my Dragon Priest Mask
Kiwiwarrior Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, so THAT's how you do it. THX!
Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how you made the weapon
Hidans-love Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
do you think this will work on pleather/leather martial?
Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, as long as the paint you use clings to the pleather or leather, it should work in the same way.
WinderTN Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012

I'm a cosplay fan as well, i have a few questions here. I'm planning to made an armor, i got all the patterns and all designs. I wonder what paint should i use to create the metallic colours, I heard and saw some posting on using chrome spray paints and other. I would like to know would the auto primer work straight on the styrene or do i have to do some base on the styrene first? what kind of paint would you suggest for styrene? nonetheless do you glue the styrene first and curve the piece or you curve the piece first and glue the styrene on the foam? For some part of armors require some curving that beyond the flexibility of the Foam,(like the round should pat) therefore we have to cut the foams and glue them together to form the roundness like half of a ballon. I wonder how should i apply styrene on the piece ? do i have to cut the styrene as well ? won't there likely be abundant of lines or cracks if i do that? is there a way to do it with just a whole piece of styrene? Furthermore for the edge and outline pattern of the armor, would it be better to use 3D paints or we could use some foam or other objects to glue on it and painted? Last of the questions, there are an status of some ancient creature on one of the shoulder pads, how and what material could i use to create that creature? I saw some people use clay and use vacuum forming, but apparently i don't have vacuum forming machines. Therefore it would likely help me a lot if you could answer these questions for me.

Thank you
Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, chrome spray paints should work fine on regular plastics like styrene without using primer. If you're unsure, check the back of the spray paint. I'd recommend curving the plastic into the shape you want before you paint, as if you curve it afterwards, the paint will crack. Sorry, I'm not sure I can help you with the rest of the questions without knowing what you're working on.
WinderTN Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I'm working on my craft foam armor and i heard people using styrene on top of it to have a better appearance. Therefore i choose to do it in the same process, but i'm concern about the curving of my armors. I known that with the foam i could make cuts and glue them together, but for the styrene some curve like a rounding shoulder armor would likely be hard to curve it. Furthermore if i can't curve the styrene in the way i wanted likely i will cut it and glue it, but i'm not sure how does the glue work on styrene since it might have cracks or lines. I could only think of use hot glue gun and sand it down to flat. Last there are a creature on my shoulder armor which i'm not quiet sure how am i suppose to make it, i figure i could just use clay to sculpt it. Nonetheless the clay are heavy i'm not sure how good does it fit with my styrenes. Thanks
Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you have something spherical, it's not possible to use sheets of anything to create it unless you have seams. The alternative I usually suggest is to buy large, cheap Christmas baubles and cut them up. By the way, hot glue doesn't sand well, but it does usually end up looking like welding once its painted.

I don't use styrene sheets often any more, as my glue sealing technique usually gives a nice finish and the foam remains flexible.
WinderTN Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Thanks Last but not least won't the glue sealing technique for foam take a long time ? since you likely would need lots of coatings ?
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