I got to experimenting with a few techniques for the old rusty nail, guaranteed tetanus shot look in the garage this weekend. I wanted the props to look more realistic during the daylight, and the black PVC fence was just looking too “tidy” for my taste.
I have this:
And I want this:
So, I dug out some left over plastic finials and started my quest for metal decay!
I’m not going to drag you step by step through the errors I made trying to get this to work. Dixie put up with enough abuse to cover everyone. I’ll spare you guys from the ordeal and skip to the end.
After 3 hours I finally ended up with the fine piece of tetanus on the right:
It doesn’t really take 3hrs to accomplish the look, it just takes me 3hrs of playing around and repainting to figure out what works.
Ok, this is what you’ll need:
- Orange latex paint
- Small sea sponge
- Wood glue
- 50/50 mixture of dark brown latex paint and water in spray bottle
- Mahogany wood stain
And this is what you do:
- Coat the item liberally with wood glue.
- Throw sand onto the item ensuring it sticks to the glue. This will give you the grungy texture we are looking for on the prop.
- Let this dry.
- Take the sea sponge and randomly dab the orange latex paint over the item.
- Spray or drip the 50/50 brown paint mix over the item while the orange paint is still wet.
- Allow the two paints to run and mix.
- Oh, this gets kind of messy so I hope you read ahead and haven’t just ruined your kitchen table!
- Now, drip some of the Mahogany wood stain onto the prop to dirty up the look.
- Set aside and let dry.
- That’s it!
I’m not sure how well this will hold up outside in the elements, so you might want to seal this with a urethane to be safe.
I’ve read of other people using concrete patch to create their texture, so I ran out last night and bought a small tub of ready mix concrete patch for about $8 at Home Depot. I’ve applied it to a PVC pipe and rolled the pipe in sand but it takes 24 hours to cure, so I’ll update this post later with the progress.
I would love to hear how everyone else dirties up their props. The more techniques I can pick up the better, so chime in and let me know what you do with your haunt.
Now, back to the garage! I have to get columns and a Facade/Mausoleum designed and started.