I've just finished off a nice cast of the Raiders stunt idol I recenlty acquired:
Here's the real prop from the Lucas archives - I wanted to replicate thew same look:
I intended to have thi splated, however there has been a change of plan - for the time being, I've finished this one using Plast--kote Brilliant Metallic projekt paint - the same stuff that many were using to finish 3PO heads with a while back. It gives a very reflective, metallic surface and has worked quite effectively on this prop. A much less expensive option than plating, too, as I found out when asking around.
I may still have it vac-metallised or plated at some point, I would like to know more about the whole process for other props too.
Anyway, here are the results for the time being: