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Offline Gator

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Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:34:31 AM »
Mods, I apologize if this isn't allowed since non-pony, but I was seeking some help.
I have never wanted to collect the Funko Pop characters because of the blank, black eyes.
However, I love the Angry Beavers so when I found these I had to have them.
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But I have to color their eyes.  Reading in some of the arena tutorials, it looks like acrylics are best for painting on plastic?

Then with Toysrus closing, I got this amazing, huge Toothless for 50% off!  However, his eyes are dull.  I wanted to redo his eyes too.
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My question for him is what product is best to seal the eyes and make them look glassy and shiny?  I'm also going to paint the grey metal bits on his harness with something more silvery to look more metallic.

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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 04:19:51 AM »
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My question for him is what product is best to seal the eyes and make them look glassy and shiny?

Clear nail polish. 2-3 coats should do it. But make sure that if you have excess not to rub it off towards the rest of the face or the paint there might come off. I had this happen to a Grand Champion foal :shocked:. (Nail polish contains acetone)

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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2018, 04:47:17 AM »
Noooooo, do not use nail polish :crazy:

For the first, yeah acrylics should work just fine :) There are a lot of options for glossy paints. Triple Thick is fairly cheap and should be found even at like, Wal-Mart. Sculpey glaze is nice too.

edit: Oh, and also stay away from Mod Podge.
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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 12:16:40 AM »
Yeah, modge podge tends to leave a sticky residue that you have to go over with another of their products to fix. :( I regret ever starting to use it for a sealer. >.<  I second staying away from nail polish, and triple thick has been tried and true for awhile some time! If you have them in your area, model masters acrylic paints are a very nice quality and go on smoothly enough that you rarely ever have brush marks. :D

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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 12:40:11 AM »
don't use nail polish for customizing that is ..not a good idea D: Testor's fixative spray has a glossy version that could help the eye shine issue??
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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 07:48:03 AM »
No nail polish, no Mod Podge.  Neither of those are made to go on plastics or for long term crafts, and will end up sticky and gross after a while.

You want clear gloss acrylic, maybe a yellowy-green and white for Toothless.   Working a little yellow-green around his pupil to make it a better shape and give it some depth of colour, then white highlights and seal after it's all dry.  Get them from your local craft or hobby shop.  Grab a decent brush while you're there, if you don't own any.

For the Funkos, acrylic paint in whatever colours you want their eyes / pupils to be. (probably black and white?)  Be aware you will need quite a few thin coats to cover the black.  Do not attempt to cover in one coat, it will end up blobby.  I'd suggest some washi or painter's tape to mask the body bits so you don't have to worry about getting paint where it shouldn't be as much.  Depending on the type of plastic the eyes are made from, you may also need primer.
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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 02:08:25 PM »
If you have them in your area, model masters acrylic paints are a very nice quality and go on smoothly enough that you rarely ever have brush marks. :D

Model Masters also has a clear gloss that  you could use over the top of whatever color you choose to make the eyes more glossy.

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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 10:22:21 PM »
Maybe I should stop using clear nail polish... :lookround:
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Re: Not ponies, but may I still ask for help?
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 02:55:06 AM »
If you want your customs to last, don't use nail polish.  The chemicals in it aren't just bad for you, they're volatile and reactive with many dyes, plastics and paint.  The end result is that months, years or decades down the road they start going tacky, sticky and generally gross.  While inexpensive and readily available, nail polish is not a good art material.
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