The first job is to create a mould from which I can make a resin casting.
Mould making has been quite well covered elsewhere on the net by people much more expert than I so I shan’t go into detail here. I then poured a resin into the cavity which, when hardened produced a hard but semi flexible blade.
Much like an airfix model, once the flashing is removed it takes shape very quickly. A bit of filing and sanding here and there gets a smooth surface overall. I then sprayed it black as a base coat.
I then layered up the paints as I would for a plastic model.
Blue-tack makes a great masking tool, allowing a really clean, sharp edge to certain areas.
After an initial dark brown coat on the handle, I dry brushed a light brown paint over then top to create the impression of the light tropical woods used in older kukris.
A finishing touch was the varnishes, different types for different parts of the knife to give the correct finish for the materials the paint is impersonating.
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