So, the ax is complete. Now let’s paint it.
I will use the exact same routine as I always do with old metal. Here is the axe. I like the handle raw, so we just need to paint the head.
To keep the handle clean, I tape the handle with blue tape. Spray the head with black spray paint.
Add some red rusty colored spray paint
You can go quite bold with your next layers of rusty paint colors. I really like green.
Dab oranges and reds to cover up some of the greens and blacks.
Dabbing wet paint onto wet paint allows it all to mix.
I can hear you yelling from the back row. “what about the sawdust layer?” Yes, of course I added sawdust.
A few more coats and there you go. Another rusty metal weapon ready for the orc hoard.
A few more finished product shots for you.
So, a project like this would take me a work day for the axe head and handle. Another work day for the plastic cutouts, and a few hours more to paint it. It uses some old wood, a branch, some recycled plastic and some blobs of paint. So, it is basically free if you have the paint. Making the actual axe head does require some woodworking tools. You do it the same thing in cardboard or styrofoam if you don’t have access to tools.
So, there you go. A dwarven runestone celtic knot engraved battle ax for your next medieval film or costume.
Go ahead, make a mess, fake an axe, have some fun.