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RWBY Ember Celica WIP Update 3

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Sealing foam and prepping for painting.

With all types of craft foam you need to first seal the material before you can undergo painting of any kind. Without sealing the foam before painting, you will find the paint will not adhere to the surface very well and end up being absorbed by the material resulting in a poor looking final product.

To seal foam the most common technique to do so is to use is a mixture of 1:1 PVA glue (wood glue) and water. I like to use cheap see-through plastic cups that way to can tell how much of each you have.

Mix the two together and you will have milk like mixture and proceed to do multiple coats onto the piece with a cheap paintbrush. The thinning out with water also helps prevent leaving streaks caused by the brush bristles.

At minimum I like to do somewhere between 8 to 10 coats to get a good surface to work with, you’ll feel the foam get stiffer and less spongy and eventually appear glossy.

With the final coats done I then gave it a good coats of grey primer to prepare for the next and final stage which is painting and weathering so look forward to that.



RWBY Weapons:

Myrtenaster
WIP Update: 1
WIP Update: 2
Finished Blade

Crescent Rose
WIP Update: 1
WIP Update: 2
WIP Update: 3
WIP Update: 4
Finished Scythe

Gambol Shroud
WIP Update: 1
WIP Update: 2
WIP Update: 3
Finished Sword

Ember Celica
WIP Update: 1
WIP Update: 2
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KillerWereWolf1's avatar
Something easier and quicker than wood glue is arousal Plastidip. It only takes a couple coats and dries quick, as it's very much like spray paint.
MrsVanguard's avatar
Hello! I first found this tutorial on your blog. It is amazing!! I was just wondering. It had looked like the big piece that sits on top of the barrel is removable. I was wondering if it is how you attached it or if you just glues it on after the paint job. Thanks! I have 4 more weeks to finish my Ember Celica's and outfit. I need all the help I can get Lol. Your tutorial helps a hell of alot!
I don't  know what‘s this`````
Drunken-Dark-Soul's avatar
woodglue and water.
Im truly surprised and excited for future projects.
SolGoddess's avatar
Do you, or have you ever thought of selling replicas for those who are terrible at 3D art? *wink wink* *nudge nudge* :) I'm sure people would pay a fair amount for quality. :)
comex319's avatar
What did you use to make the gun barrels? 
Tatsutetsu's avatar
Those were sawn off toy cowboy guns
comex319's avatar
Epic I love the designs on them. do you mind giveing me the measurements on it so that I could scale it to myself?
Tatsutetsu's avatar
Crescent:170cm long
Myrtenaster:110cm long
Gambol:90cm long
comex319's avatar
Thank you so much :3
Emolise's avatar
You... amaze me.
aranger's avatar
i actually want to build the same thing can you give me a list of what you use please?
Tatsutetsu's avatar
Craft foam from Gym mats
PVA glue
PVC sheet
SUperglue
aranger's avatar
thanks you rock
Ted-The-Anbunymous's avatar
that detail ... love it :D 
Tatsutetsu's avatar
Thank you as always :D
Ted-The-Anbunymous's avatar
any way .. how do you make that detail ' 3 ' ... is that clay or something ? 
Tatsutetsu's avatar
which detail sorry? the bullets those i made from platic tubes and the gun barrel cut off toy guns
Ted-The-Anbunymous's avatar
no no, the detail on the gun barrel :D, is that hot glue ? 
Tatsutetsu's avatar
No that was already on the gun barrel when i cut them off the toy
TheMightyToad's avatar
A thought occurred. Do you think that putting a layer of thin sheet metal on would achieve the same kind of look? Spray paint could then go directly on the metal. Just wondering what you think of that idea; by no means am I questioning your methods! You've inspired me to make a pair of these myself :D
Tatsutetsu's avatar
Any smooth surface would achieve the same result. I wouldn’t recommend using sheet metal on account of cost and how difficult it could be to work with to make the required shapes but mainly the issue of safety
TheMightyToad's avatar
Hmmm, yeah the safety aspect is definitely important. Thanks for the advice! Really appreciate it! :D
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