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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Crisis Compact Restoration - A for Effort! C for execution.

A few weeks ago I bought a Rainbow Moon Chalice/Holy Grail that had some light damage to the base. I did a restoration on it to recover the original pink color and made a little tutorial about it. You can see it on deviantART here.

Seeing as that went well, I decided to try something a little harder. I bought a IRS Crisis Heart Compact with chipped paint to see if I could restore that. I bought some gold mirror finish chrome paint online and when I got the locket I look it apart and covered up the stuff I didn't want to paint. I started laying thin layers onto it on Saturday morning and did a new coats every 15 mins into the afternoon. By about 2 PM it was starting to look *really* good; not as reflective as the original surface, but still very pretty and very shiny.

I wish I'd taken a photo. :(

Once I was sure the last coat was dry, I grabbed some high gloss acrylic to seal it. Boy was that a Bad Idea. The acrylic had some kind of crazy reaction with the chrome as soon as it hit the surface - it congealed like sour milk hitting hot coffee. It made an instant, huge mess. Panic set it. I tried to wipe it away, clean it, clear it. Things congealed more, got stuck to the cloth, made clumps if goopy paint globs and blaaaah it was a MESS. And then some of it hardened into big lumps so I took fine sandpaper to get it off but I wasn't careful enough and the plastic was scratched all over.

I was SO depressed. I actually cried.

Subsequent layers of the chrome paint looked terrible. Every little lump and inconsistency shown with GLARING MOCKERY. "YOU SEE WHAT YOU DID TO ME? YOU SEE HOW YOU FAILED?!" D:

I moped around the house all day complaining how I'd totally ruined it and my project was a complete failure. I was a complete failure. It was a bad day. I got a bloody nose (probably from the spray paint?) I cut my finger on some glass. Totally unrelated. I cried more anyway.

Once I worked myself out of that funk I decided to try ordinary gold spray paint to see if I could salvage what was left.

This was the end result:












This is a comparison with an undamaged compact:















So it's certainly not as sparkly as it once was, but I don't think it looks bad and I'm glad I opted for the non-shiny plan B. It looks better to me than it did with the paint missing anyway :D

Since it's an IRS locket, I tested it out with my Kalidescope to make sure everything still worked. Lights and sounds, everything is a go! So even though it didn't work out as miraculously as my last go, I still consider it a mild success and I know that I will do better with the chrome paint the next time. ^o^

9 Comments:

At October 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Courtney said...

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At October 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Courtney said...

I really like the not metallic gold. =3 I'd say you could try painting over with metallic NOW but that might just be another world of catastrophe. *HUG* Everything can be fix after a little time of reflection! (I hope your finger is feeling better. I still don't understand why you guys have a sheet of glass down there, or why it wasn't unusual to possibly have Plexiglas.) =DDD

 
At October 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Sakky said...

Yeah I think I will leave it as it is since everyone seems to like it so much and I don't hate it. xD NEXT PROJECT! :D

haha yes, I'm healing quickly :3

 
At November 6, 2010 at 2:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm fixing up my bootleg eternal tiaru. I noticed that you covered up parts of the locket. How can I go about doing that for the wand? I was thinking tape but I can see how it'd cause problems. Any ideas? I'm painting the gold and keeping the pink. I've completely taken the thing apart but I just don't know how to cover up all the pink at the top.

 
At November 6, 2010 at 11:31 AM , Blogger Sakky said...

I use masking tape or painters tape along the edge of whatever I want to cover and I use a plastic bag for larger areas. Any reason you think the tape will cause trouble?

 
At November 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might sound silly, but I just don't know how to get the plastic bag over this certain area.

http://i52.tinypic.com/2jc6ec6.png

I'm not so sure how to cover up the pink globe without breaking it.
Sorry if this sounds stupid.

 
At November 6, 2010 at 6:18 PM , Blogger Sakky said...

I would just tape that. Get some painters tape (the blue kind) and start at the bottom. Just cut or rip little pieces and cover it all up. If you have to, you can carefully (very carefully) use a sharp exacto to trim the edges. That's what I did for the red gem on the Crisis compact :D

 
At November 7, 2010 at 1:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, okay! Thank you so much. This really helps. I didn't think about using an exacto knife.

^-^

 
At November 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Sakky said...

good luck! :D

 

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