Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade - Grail Version 1

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keepcalmcostume

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I already posted here about how I fell into this and the Elsa costume I'm making, but I decided to make the Grail a separate thread since it's a standalone project too (or at least started that way). I'm already calling this Version 1 because I'm inevitably going to make a more accurate second version down the road.

This is the base I started with. The shape isn't perfect, but it's decently close and I already had it so it made things cheap and easy.
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I did a sandable spray primer to cover the glaze and prep for Bondo, which I used for the little bubble pits in the original glaze. I liked the texture of the Bondo so I ended up spreading a rough single layer over the whole cup to make it more like an unfinished plaster/ceramic again. I didn't take a photo of the all-over Bondo on its own, but you can still kind of see it under the first coat of paint on the right.
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Base paint was Ceramcoat Old Gold, and the second color was Ceramcoat Metallic Gold. The "Old Gold" is really more of a weird rotten pea soup or mustard color, but it worked well as a base to cover up the Bondo and make the second paint go on easier.
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After paint I did a coat of Rub 'n Buff in Antique Gold. In retrospect I should have used Gold Leaf or Grecian Gold instead, but my local craft store was out of both of those (naturally) so I went with what I could get. (I really should have used actual gold leaf, but I didn't want to spend that kind of money on a cup that doesn't have quite the right shape. ~*STANDARDS*~) For anyone who hasn't used it, I highly recommend wearing gloves when you apply it. The package says you can just use your fingers, and some people say bare fingers work better, but I didn't notice any problems with gloves and it made the whole thing a lot less messy.
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So now before I move forward to a second coat of Rub 'n Buff and the final paint, I need to decide whether to continue with this coppery gold color, or wait until the craft store has another gold in stock and switch to that. Chances are I'll get antsy and want to finish it as-is before I have a chance to get new Rub 'n Buff, but we'll see.
 

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keepcalmcostume

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So I ultimately stuck with the Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff. I was too impatient to wait for the store to get other colors in stock, and this is just a first draft, so I figured what the heck, might as well keep going.

I mixed matte red and black acrylic and painted that roughly over the whole outside in a solid coat. It turned out what seemed like too red, so I went back with another darker coat that later ended up being too dark. Live and learn. Then I rubbed and scratched off sections of the paint to let the gold come through. I started with just a little, then progressively worked more off. The paint and scuffing had dulled the gold some, so I also touched up the visible spots to brighten them again.
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I don't have photos of the process beyond that, but I mixed some white and black acrylic for a very particular light grey, watered that down, and did a wash over the cup. It ended up a bit too heavy so I sanded it. It also ended up too glossy, which is a whole other thing and my own fault for using a glossy white paint, but again I didn't want to bother getting new supplies and I felt okay with taking a chance on it. After being sanded it looked a little better, so I sprayed it with a few heavy coats of matte sealant. It's technically done now (photos to follow soon), and while it's not really ideal and definitely not close to screen accurate, I'm satisfied with it as an experiment. With some ashy Plains Dust and a grain of salt, it'll be pretty decent for a cosplay prop or casual display piece.
 

TomVDJ

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Too bad the shape of the cup is not more accurate (the stem comes close), but the overall look and feel sure is OK.
 

keepcalmcostume

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Too bad the shape of the cup is not more accurate (the stem comes close), but the overall look and feel sure is OK.
Yeah, if I'd had something more accurate already I definitely would have preferred to use it. The cup I had was just a convenient "close enough" for experimenting with. But I learned a lot doing this, so I'm looking forward to finding or making an accurate cup for Version 2.

Not bad for your first draft, as you call it.

I just put up a tutorial for a grail on friday, hop over, you might find some of it useful:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Indiana-Jones-Holy-Grail-Replica/

I used gold leaf rub n' buff

Also, Luke0312 did a great build thread on the painting method, I tried to follow it, and then went my own way:
http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=201164
Thanks! It's always great to have more resources for projects like this, especially the cup dimensions and varied painting methods. The Gold Leaf Rub n' Buff you used came out really nice. (Your other Indy props look awesome too!)
 

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Monkey540

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Thanks! It's always great to have more resources for projects like this, especially the cup dimensions and varied painting methods. The Gold Leaf Rub n' Buff you used came out really nice. (Your other Indy props look awesome too!)
Well, I wish I could take credit, but I can't, The diary and tablet rubbing are by Micheal Bergeron, the Cross is from Ebay, The lighter label was drawn by me, then I had my friend make some vinyl labels for me.

Would love to see what you make next, all the best :)
 

keepcalmcostume

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Well, I wish I could take credit, but I can't, The diary and tablet rubbing are by Micheal Bergeron, the Cross is from Ebay, The lighter label was drawn by me, then I had my friend make some vinyl labels for me.

Would love to see what you make next, all the best :)
Good to know. You've assembled a nice collection then. :p

I'm up to my ears in all kinds of projects right now, but I'm in the process of doing some tweaks on this Grail, so hopefully I'll be able to post that soon if nothing else.
 

keepcalmcostume

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The more this sat around and the more I looked at it, the more I didn't like it. This is how it turned out when I finished it last time.
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Not terrible, but not what I wanted and I never came around to it. So I scraped the paint and started over from the gold step.

I broke down and got the Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff. It still doesn't compare to real gold leaf, but it's definitely a step up from the old color.
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For the paint, I mixed the color better - started with the same red again, but only did one drop of black and added a lot of brown - and only did one streaked coat. The bits of gold showing through made the worn spots more natural this time, and matched the reference photos better. I also did fewer worn spots, same reason.
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Aaaaand done (almost). I just have to figure out the dusty weathering. I'll probably try some Plains Dust. For now, I'm so much happier with how it turned out, and locking down a good technique makes me more hopeful for the eventual Version 2.0.
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keepcalmcostume

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I recently did another Grail using the same process for a friend who's a huge Indy fan. Like the cup I used for mine, this one was something he just had sitting around that was close enough for a casual prop. I left it on his desk as a surprise, and when he got it he sent me this photo and a cheeky marriage proposal. I guess he liked it. :p
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