Ice Pauldron: part 2

How do you paint something to look like ice?

That’s the question I worked on for weeks. I did lots of research online with little success, so I just started experimenting.  I experimented with acrylic paint in various combinations, glass paint, and spray paint. All in different combinations.  Ice is more than just white or blue, it has a depth of color, a fading from shade to shade that I really just couldn’t capture.

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Here is what I came up with:

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One layer of white glass paint.  This is paint designed to look like stained glass. This gives it a crystal like texture and catches the light. It also helps the spray paint stick.

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A very light misting of white spray paint, thicker at the bottom, and very scant at the tips to give it translucence and depth.

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Grey spray paint at the base to give it depth.

I suppose you could add a little blue as well, but I didn’t want the blue for my costume.

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Here is the finished paint job.

Note: At this point I’d add some sort of sealant. I had a problem with this paint cracking and flaking as I worked to put this on the pauldron.  Maybe some sort of sealer would keep that from happening. 

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