Forum and Costume Controls

   FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups  medals.php?sid=a2416dd2b0201e9f828b86bb71f88aabMedals   RegisterRegister   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in

       
REMINDER: Do not change your e-mail address yourself. Please read this first for why.

How to Distress and Weather Props

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Rebel Legion Forum Index -> Costume and Prop Making -> TUTORIALS -> Tools and Techniques
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Wolfie (Crystal Bass)
Active Legion Member


Joined: 01 May 2005
Posts: 8081
Location: Tennessee
Medals: 5 (View more...)
CVI Supporter (Amount: 1)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: How to Distress and Weather Props Reply with quote

http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/index.html

Intro:

Quote:
Dis-tress (verb)
To mar or otherwise treat (an object or fabric, for example) to give the appearance of an antique or of heavy prior use:

Weath-er
1. To expose to the action of the elements, as for drying, seasoning, or coloring.
2. To discolor, disintegrate, wear, or otherwise affect adversely by exposure.
3. To show the effects, such as discoloration, of exposure to the elements:

Distressing and Weathering your costume or prop is a must. It's little details like these that separate the weekend hobbyist from the hardcore craftsman.

The key to weathering and distressing is observation. Ultimately you need to be aware of the effects of wear and tear on the items around you and in the world in general. Your friends with think you are strange as you stare at a rust stain on a '63 Chevy, but let them think you are strange, you are studying.

There are various way of distressing and weathering your costume or prop. One of the most common way is to rub your item into the ground to give it that used look. While this does work, as you use the item the dirt and grime wears off. Most theater and film professionals decide to paint the distressing effect on to the item. This technique makes the desired look last alot longer (especially through the rigors of a film shoot).

The amount of distressing and weathering varies from prop to prop and genre to genre. Star Wars is much more of a "lived in" world than Star Trek, while Horror Movies are even more "lived in" than Star Wars.

Another factor to consider is "what conditions were the item supposedly used in"? Was the item always out in the sun, or in a moist pit? Was it handled daily or just once a year? You don't want that Tattoine Evaporator Droid looking all shiny and new when it was supposed to be in the blazing sun 24 hours a day. Different techniques will be used to achieve different looks.


The website has a link table to the right listing several ways to acheive certain looks:

Rust:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/rust_technique.html

Sun-baked:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/sun_baked_look.html

Bleached:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/bleach_effect.html

Color Wash:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/color_wash.html

Grime:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/grime.html

Flaking Paint:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/flaking_paint.html

Vinyl to Leather:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/distressing/leather_looking_vinyl.html
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Rebel Legion Forum Index -> Costume and Prop Making -> TUTORIALS -> Tools and Techniques All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot post calendar events in this forum
The Rebel Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred volunteer Rebel costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group