Post by terrorhawk on Jun 7, 2013 13:44:08 GMT
I've been in the beginning stages of collecting and building samurai armor for a few years now. Until recently time, money, and space have always been a bit too scare for me to get much beyond the research phase. Which now, I consider that to be a good thing! I've spent hundreds of hours researching techniques and studying pictures of armor and its construction. I like to think that I have acquired a pretty good eye for well made and accurate armor (though not compared to most of you). After a few years of not getting my hands dirty, I have finally started experimenting with construction techiques, and learning from my seemingly endless stream of mistakes. Everytime I make something it gets better and better, except for one thing; the creation of the urushi finish.
I've tried a ton of different finishing techniques, and I just can't seem to get the finish how I want it. Real urushi isn't feasible in the United States for reasons as we all know. Also, I don't plan on using this in SCA or for anything beyond display in my home. Durability would be nice, but its not paramount. I have tried all kinds of spray paints in varyious ways, brushed on polyurethane sealers, rolled on rustoleum, and a other random things. But, nothing really seems to work like I need it to. Probably the biggest obstacle is getting chainmail painted correctly, which is the main downfall (besides cost) of powder coating.
I can expand and explain some of my different successes and failures, and I have pictures of most things I have tried and some of my finished products if anyone would like to see them. I'm quite curious about what other members have had success with.