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Author Topic: realistic brass finish on lead free pewter- tin  (Read 915 times)

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« on: October 31, 2012, 03:28:14 am »

hi, I need a realistic brass finish on lead free pewter, ive searched everywhere theres a few ways but i don't know which way is best

electro plating - seem abit tedius

acrylic metalic spray paint - need primer so takes the realism away from the metal

metalic permant marker

chromating - but thats yellow

I just need a simple relistic look which is fairly durable.. thankyou for anyhelp..
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2012, 11:54:23 pm »

In terms of appearance and durability electro-plating is almost certainly the best bet.

The next best option would probably be a paint finish but there isn't really anything which will give a passably realistic brass finish straight out of the tin and a certain amount of time and technique is required to get a finish which isn't obviously a paint effect. Brass is particularly tricky to replicate as much of its character comes from quite subtle variations in its surface caused by oxidation.

Another possible option is to apply a satin lacquer, then successive thin coats of ink in various sheds of yellow and light brown to build up some tonal variation and then seal with a coat of gloss or satin lacquer. 

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
Lord Byron
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