adventures between the cracks
Your standard issue plastic toy; smooth and unnaturally colourful.
Definitely could use some crackle action to make it worthy of the steam punk era.
The transformation begins with a coat of acrylic paint.
The handle is given the quick-drying DeMented Derma treatment using a layer of pva glue and crackle over the top, dried with a heat tool to make raggedy edged cracks. (See our website for step by step instructions for this technique)
I used metal watch parts pushed into Crayola’s Model Magic air dry clay to make discs to cover up the Nerf logo, one for each side.
Once dry, they’re held in place with acrylic gel medium and acrylic paint is brushed on top.
Hot melt glue is used to create extra raised detail under more DeMented Derma cracks. I like the idea of adding a warty organic looking texture onto a man made mechanical surface.
Tinted crackle is added to other areas and once dry given extra colour with black ink and gold and black acrylic paint .
For a 3D object like the nerf gun its good to use the quick drying DeMeng technique for surfaces that aren’t flat, combined with the basic crackle technique for flatter areas. This way you can create a wide variety of different cracked patterning, especially by also using different thickness of crackle to make different sized cracks.
Now the punking is complete, I’m tempted to make a holster.
Doesn’t everybody need a steam punk nerf gun?