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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: DIY FAUX METAL BOXES!!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

DIY FAUX METAL BOXES!!!

Here's a space filler for large voids or openings in your haunt. Plus they look cool too:







These were large cardboard boxes given a makeover using paint and monster mud.











Please watch this quick video to help you get an overall idea of how the build will be like:


 




Materials Needed:Large cardboard boxes
Rust monster mud thinner blend (like 3.5 to 1)
Black monster mud
Silver latex paint
Reddish rust monster mud
Light rust monster mud
Green monster mud
White monster mud
Black flat latex paint
Clear gloss acrylic 

Tools Needed:Rubber or latex gloves
Sea sponge
3" brush
Chip brush
Popsicle stick


Let's get started:










Coat with MM:



 Don the gloves and smear on the rust colored monster mud (MM). Pat it so it leaves a good texture behind. Allow to dry. This is a thinner blend of MM used here. It's probably a 3.5 to 1 ratio (3.5 parts drywall compound to 1 part paint). This will help it adhere better to the cardboard and be a bit more flexible.

Some cardboard boxes will pucker from the moisture in the MM as it dries. You can see it in one of pictures below (mud step). If you don't like that look then you may want to do tests to determine which ones do this. I thought it looked okay and after all the painting it's not a big deal.










Black MM: 



In the picture you see a loop roller. This is an okay tool but recommend just sticking with using a sea sponge. Apply the black MM randomly in splotches. Let dry.
















Dry-brush Silver Paint



Dry-brushing can be used with a very dry brush (light) or a wet one (heavy). Here you'll be using a heavy one. Dip the 3" brush into the paint and scrape on the sides of the paint can. No need to blot dry on a paper towel like you do for a dry, dry brush. Use dry-brush painting strokes to apply the silver paint. Rub it into some areas so it has more of a solid silver look to it. Let dry.














Sponge Reddish Rust MM:


 Dip the sea sponge into the reddish-rust MM and dab onto random areas of the box. Let dry.


















Light Rust MM



Dip the sea sponge into the light rust MM and dab over the reddish-rust MM but do not cover it. You are basically just 'highlighting' the other rust to give it depth and make it look more gnarly.
















Mud: 



Dip the sea sponge into the brown MM and dab at the bottom of the box to give the illusion it was mud splashed up from the ground. Let dry.


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