How to make a metal plate
Step Three:In order to hold the pigment together so it does not rub off when you handle it, you need to spray it with a sealant of some kind. Matt varnish comes to mind. This also protects the fine patterns you made using the pigments Then again. The patterns may just as well change to the combination of the thinners, regardless. If you are not going to do much handling then you can just as well skip this step. It is not totally necessary.
1. Spray the entire cardboard with the Vallejo Matt varnish from the can and let the whole thing dry thoroughly (I guess you can probably use any Matt varnish spray for this; even your airbrush if you have one. I have not tried other brands. I just used what I had on hand. The results after using the spray were satisfactory to me. Another plus to using the Matt varnish, is that it reacts to the pigments and enamel thinner making the odds and those random patterns you will see when it dries. This is one of the underlying tricks to getting those random variable patterns you see on my steel plates. Sometimes you just got to let the chemical interaction do its thing. When it has completely dry you give it another coat of spray when the first coat dries. This is just to make sure everything has combined properly. Otherwise one coat should be enough if youíre not going to handle it.
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