I regularly attend a LARP/LRP event in the UK, a system called the Lorien Trust. If you don't know, its a fantasy re-enactment role play kinda thing. We do not
" style weapons, but; cut plastazote
coated in latex and a flexible primer.
I want to know the best way to get a "Damascus Steel
" or "High Carbon
" effect on the blade
of the sword which will be a traditional shamshir
So, the foam used is very similar to roll-up camping mats (closed cell foam) and latex is water based, so it can get messed up if it is subjected to certain chemicals. The foam is easily cut with craft knives, melted with heat guns, warped and worked with heat and easily succumbs to a soldering iron and a fine hand.
The latex is painted on and built up in layers (normally about 7) - the latex can be mixed with paint - to use the paint/latex mix as if it were normal paint.
So how on earth do make this stuff look like the links above? I really don't know and I don't believe its been done before so please suggest anything you can.
One idea I had is too have a trough of water, oil based paint floating on the top and dip the sword on the surface, similar to how you did on A4 paper at art class in school - but I cant remember how to do that or what is needed, also will oil based paint ruin the latex or the foam?