After building your headband and painting it, the last thing to do is to weather it. It looks a little funny with just a coat of metallic paint!
Assemble your tools:
- Paper towels
- Black acrylic paint
- A couple paintbrushes
The basic premise is to load a brush up with the acrylic paint and a little bit of water. Water is actually optional - for me, it just ran off the paint, so I omitted it.
Start with the leaf. Smoosh paint into the impression, then grab a paper towel and rub it all off. It will leak out into the rest of the headband, but this is what you want. Use circular motions to blend it all around.
Continue in this method for the sides of the band and the rivets.
I went over each section twice, then used a small brush to outline the rivets for a more dramatic effect.
The final result looks a lot better than just having a base coat. The final step is to protect it with a clear coat - I haven't actually done this yet, but testing is essential. Use the back of the headband to make sure the clear doesn't react with whatever you put on it already. The clear coat is to protect the weathering and base coat from casual damage.
After that, it's all done! Congrats, you're a ninja now!