How I made the rust for my armor - A tutorial
Materials: Armor, cheap make-up brush or any brush with soft bristles, acrylic paint, vinegar, salt, hydrogen peroxide, spray bottle, water ferrous powder, sealant, two small brushes, towels or drop cloths for coverage
1. Mix up some purplish-reds. Do not use straight, pre-mixed colors, as they will not look as vivid or “real”. Use the make-up brush without any water to dry brush the areas where the rust is going to go. Let it dry for 24 hours.
2. Using one of the small brushes, brush over the acrylic with some water. Use the other brush and take your ferrous powder (I purchase mine from The Compleat Sculpter online store in the color 325 Mesh) and scoop up a small amount with the second brush. Sprinkle it over the wet spots. Anywhere where it wasn’t wet, the powder will fall away.
3. Mix up the Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and salt at a 4:6:1 ratio in your spray bottle and using the lightest, most misty setting, lightly mist the mixture over the ferrous powder. Don’t get too crazy or you’ll blow powder all over the damn place.
4. Let this reaction happen for an entire 24 hours and then spray with the sealant.
That’s it! Have fun making your armor look like shit!