First of all, don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love the first paint job featured on the site. It is divine work that I absolutely try to aspire for as a replica artist. In fact, I have spent the past months painting, or rather, attempting to paint the knives and have been really unhappy with the results. I can’t even count the times I have redone and started from scratch. At some point I considered throwing in the towel and refunding my clients through Paypal because I couldn’t bear the shame of not having delivered on my promise–but I couldn’t do that… THE SPICE MUST FLOW!
The journey in finding the best painting style for the crysknives has been a humbling experience–but also quite rewarding. I’m pleased to report that those who have chosen to wait will find that it has been worth it. You see, I’ve found a way to stain the ivory toned resin and treat it in such a way that it naturally looks weathered while making all the details pop out quite beautifully.
I’ve always believed the resin itself is wonderful material in creating the crysknife–it’s a shame to cover it all up with paint. It’s also best to leave paint off the blade itself–that way the paint won’t chip and fade over time. The “metal” parts of the knife WILL fade and chip inevitably, but that can easily be remedied by an even coat of metallic acrylic paint. The ivory part is no problem as the paint used on it has seeped into the texture of the knife itself; the ivory parts were especially made to be gripped and handled; in fact any “dirt” that gets introduced to the blade would only serve to give it more character.
Holding the blade it against the light, will reveal that the blade is faintly translucent, one of the advantages in using paint to enhance the resin rather than covering it all up. I am really really happy with the result, which is now exactly what I pictured when I started learning how to make it and I hope you my dear clients will be as well. So far, the response has been unanimously positive