Acrylic paint (black and gold)
Today I found this cool little lantern for 50 NOK in TGR. I have a thing for lanterns, I want them hanging from my ceiling, I want them hanging from my belt. You know, for costumes, mostly. This one being made of plastic instead of metal and glass, makes it light and safe. The LED light flickers like a calm candle light. I saw much potential in it.
I wish they came in black, or other more neutral colors, but alas, they only came in these kinds of bright colors. That means that the green really sticks out if not completely covered, and as I learned, it can show if I hold the lamp against a bright light. I can hopefully fix it later by painting the insides with a thick layer of black paint.
This is how it looked originally.
It opens in the bottom, after a bit of prying. The plastic glass panels slipped out easily, and I sanded one side of them to give a frosted effect. Sanding in a circular motion gives a nice finish, without obvious streaks. I sanded until the whole surface reached it’s maximum frostedness. The more frosted, the better, plus then all the panels looked the same without me having to try to match them.
By taking things apart, it’s easier to work on them, now I don’t have to worry about getting paint on the glass.
Illustraing the differense between the clear and the frosted glass. The light gets spread more evenly, and you can’t see the fake candle, or even that I left the inside green.
I lightly sanded all the surfaces where to be pained. Smooth plastic doesn’t like paint.
I gave it two-three layers of black.
Drybrushed on some dark brown (though that was not necessery), then some gold. The result, in my humble opinion, is a great finish. Much better than it looked, with very little work. And it was easy, anyone can do this. All the paints I used are acrylics. I also removed the metal ring for hanging, it didn’t fit, and made a ring of some dark wire I had.
And now, I have a really cool, mysterious, omnious lantern!
My wizard powers grow stronger.