Dragon*Con is only eleven days away, so I am already getting our costumes packed and adding a couple little things to the costumes.
Blaze helped me paint a base coat of black Krylon Fusion Spray Paint for Plastic on two toy guns, a Nerf Maverick for me and a Buzz Bee Toys Blaster for Blaze.
This is what they looked like before the paint:
After the base coat was dry, I went over both guns with antique gold and silver Rub 'n Buff. I wanted my gun to look aged, so i applied the Rub 'n Buff very lightly, letting a lot of the black show through. For Blaze's gun, which I wanted to look more modern, but abused, I applied the Rub 'n Buff more heavily and then scuffed it up with sand paper.
The reason I like the Rub 'n Buff for projects like this is because it's waxy consistency, mean it doesn't peel off.
The finished toy guns:
I also made an ankle holster for my Maverick out of some scrap leather and a leather belt that Blaze wore when he was a toddler. It was a pretty good demonstration of how much he has grown, because I only had to add two more holes to the belt to make it fit snugly around the calf of my leg.
I also burned holes into the sleeves of a new shirt for Blaze's airship pirate costume. I wanted it to looked charred around the holes, but when I washed the shirt, all the charred marks washed away. The discoloration around the holes is now from rubbing a used tea bag in the areas I wanted to look burned and then rubbing coffee grounds in random spot on the tea dyed areas, to add a more natural multi-toned look. These stains have survived washing.
I only abused the sleeves of the shirt, because that is the only part of the shirt that will really show once he is wearing the vest.