Working on a costume or cosplay prop that needs to look beat-up and like it’s older than a day? You can always simulate chipping and weathering but as Will Morgan of WM Armory points out, it’s more realistic to actually chip or scratch the paint. The catch is you have to apply these touches without ruining all your hard work. He recently shared a technique that will both protect your work and make it look aged. It involves masking compounds like latex masking fluid, Vaseline, and even mustard. You basically use the material to add layers to your armor or prop and manipulate it from there. The below photo shows it after a couple of steps, and the above photo shows the finished item. You can read the full process at his blog.
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