I began by preparing the glossy black plastic for painting by lightly scuffing the surface with sand paper and steel wool. Then, I sculpted the individual “copper plates” using using a Dremel tool. Pilot holes were drilled to accept the rivets, which are actually furniture tacks.
After I applied a base coat of copper, I selectively sprayed flat black and wiped away the high spots. I cut out the molded plastic mesh and replaced it with aluminum mesh. The eye lenses were removed and replaced with copper wire cages inspired by those found on the portals of antique diving helmets.
Finally, I brushed on light green acrylic paint to provide the corrosion detail. [See more photos here]
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