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Rusty Sword Technique.

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This is a tutorial on adding rust to a prop. I made this to show everybody how easy it is to make something rusty.

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Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
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If you have a power (belt)sander that will really reduce the time needed to make the sword.
I have used a wood rasp and then sanded by hand, but that takes some time and elbow grease!
Home Depot or Lowes has a good selection of Poplar and Maple wood. I would suggest buying that type of wood, as the grain is really small, which means after you paint you can't tell it's wood. The 1/2" thick pieces look the best, IMO.

Post pics when you complete it! I would love to see what other people do with the rusting technique.
Sure I will post something on that!
yeah it would! It would also look really great on a lantern or cauldron!
Amazingly enough very little product gets used when you make a sword. I would make a rough estimate 8-12 full sized swords out of the kit. Keep in mind that is a rough estimate and it depends on how liberal you are with the activator and iron based paint.

I put on a coat of the iron based paint with a piece of sponge, shaking the bottle as I put the sponge over the mouth. This will get a nice mixed blob of paint on your sponge. Then I just dab the paint over the wood piece.
After the iron based paint has dried I apply the activator with a small chip brush.

I am pretty liberal with the activator and paint, I feel it give the piece a more realistic old rust look and feel to it.

Try to go to Michaels with a 40-50% off coupon and your golden! Get a great product for a reasonable price.
Thx! Let me know if you need any help.
I appreciate that. I am so busy lately that I haven't made any new tutorials. :( Hopefully soon!
Does it matter what type of silver paint you use?

what did you use for a handle for the sword
As long as the silver paint is dried completely it shouldn't matter what type you use.

For the handle I had some brown leather that I cut into 1/2 inch wide x 20 inch long strip. I wrapped the strip around the wood handle area. For last wrap i just tucked in the end and trimmed off the excess.
I found that I had to epoxy the end of the strip onto the wood. This turned out great. I just tucked it under the previous wrapped layer and let the epoxy harden.
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