The Silvering Process on Frank Frazetta's Conan the Barbarian

by Alex Castro

Frank Frazetta’s “Conan the Barbarian “Close-up on the silver priming. 1/7th cold cast porcelain resin sculpted by Clayburn Moore ,from CS Moore Studio’s, Work in progress by Alex Castro , Private Collection of Darrin Hinze

 The Silvering Process is part of my two-step priming system I evolved over the years. The problem with most primers is that they are actually out of scale for miniatures and statue painting. These primers causes painters to be at a disadvantage right from the start by covering fine details and clogging up the relief. In addition, these primers only come in certain colors

The silver, on the other hand, covers any color and any material regardless of what it’s made of. It also dries quickly. The silver is extremely fine on a molecular level and in most cases a little dusting is all that the statue/model will require. The silver also provides a ground for the second part of the priming system. For this I use a white acrylic but you can use any color acrylic. It is important to note that since the primer is enamel you can wipe off the white primer without affecting the silver layer below. Another value to the silvering is that it can be brushed on or sprayed on. It can easily be repaired, removed and blended back. Lastly, once sprayed, it reveals the imperfections on surfaces as well.

To apply the silver, I first spray some on a piece of paper, then with a hand brush I go over all the hard to get areas and line work. I use the can to spray a final coat.

Note, the down side of this silver is that you must use a vent box or a well ventilated area. It is also a brush killer. I recommend that you set aside brushes that you will only use for silvering.

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