Metal from Paper

Wed, 17 Mar 2010

Some days are all about background, putting things in place for the next stage of a model. Today has been one of those days. Lots of work with nothing much to show for it. Ah well.

I've had a couple of ideas for projects and a nice chat with my parents. My dad and I were discussing what it was that makes a metal look like a metal. What quality of the surface gives it that metalic look. It came up again later in the day when I was trying to recreate a metallic effect for the side of a model. I'm fairly sure it is all about the reflections, this makes it hard on a model because as the model is rotated the reflections need to change. What would you think about using kitchen foil in a model? Is it something that everyone has available to them?

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  • Deal March 18, 2010 at 2:49 am

      I would suspect most people

      I would suspect most people have some foil paper in their kitchen drawer or have access to some. I used a small amount of it to cover the spoon in Engineer Tim’s wonderful model, "The Invisible Man Stirs His Tea." It gave the spoon a nice stainless-steel flatware look.

    • robives March 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

      Arthur H sent in an email

      Arthur H sent in an email suggesting that I look out for this waterproof tape which, as it is sticky, would be easy to affix to models. Next time I'm across the river I'll check out the hardware stores. Thanks Arthur!


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