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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chrysnbon--Fixing the Wood?

Here's another unexciting, picture-less post.

As I mentioned, I'm going into town this week, and plan on picking up some of my Chrysnbon kits from my studio there.  If I had room, I'd rather have a studio up here--it's much more conducive to creativity, I think.  Maybe some day.  At any rate, thinking about Chrysnbon has gotten me to wondering what I can do with it.  Although I've been putting together the kits for years, this next effort will be my first time trying to actually modify them in any meaningful way--I mean, beyond gluing different pieces together, Chrysnbon Cut-Ups-style.

I've seen others achieve some wonderful results with paint, etc so I'm going to give it a try.  I have some experience with (other types of) model kits, so painting, metalizing, etc aren't new ideas to me.  But what I'm completely lost on is...what do you do with the wood?

As wonderful as the pieces themselves are, I find the "wood" portion of these kits horrible.  Something that's supposed to be porcelain, metal, stone, etc, that's easy enough to fix--but, even beyond that horrible dead beige color, there's the wood grain!  It's enormous, totally out of scale--especially in such dainty pieces.

Has anyone else pondered this issue?  What solutions have you come up with? 

1 comment:

Danielle said...

I can't remember where I saw it, but I read a tutorial where they used a thin layer of epoxy putty to fill in the wood grain. However, I think they were trying to make the piece look like another material, so I'm not sure how it would work if you wanted it to still look like wood.