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Making a aluminun cane to look like birchbark

 
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hellbilly075
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:56 pm    Post subject: Making a aluminun cane to look like birchbark Reply with quote

Has anyone tried to make an aluminun cane to look like birchbark? If so howd you go about it? What is the best paint to use? Some kind of epoxy maybe? Ive got a 18'er I want to tone down a bit to look a atd more period,Thanks...Eric
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not just get a wooden cane?

Aluminum is about as far from period (any early period) as you can get.

I'm sure there are plenty of paintings and sketches showing canes and walking stick from different periods.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:50 am    Post subject: Canoe Reply with quote

I'll make a stab and say he meant CANOE. An 18 ft cane would be a tad long......

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Painting canoe to resemble birchbark Reply with quote

I have been working on this for a while and here is how I have done it:

(1) I got several examples of local birchbark...just small (4"x4" or so) peices. I used the BACKS of these (the tan side) to bring to Lowes/Home Depot to find the closest match for:

. (a) The main tan "background" - Gallon FLAT
. (b) the darker reddish brown streaks - Quart FLAT
. (c) I also got a quart of SATIN Black

(2) My canoe was previously painted so I stripped it as best I could using Orange Strip and elbow grease.

(3) I washed the canoe with whatever the paint guys at the big box store recommended for aluminium

(4) Primed with grey aluminuim primer

(5) Painted with tan bacground color.

(6) Went over with very small brush and randomly applied streeaks to match samples.

That is where I am now ------------------ Next I will:

(7) Pencil in seam line pattern and dab on black to represent pitch seams as demostrated by research I have done for the area/tribe I am looking to replicate

(8) Dilute some black HEAVILY (so it is a VERY light wash) and color some of the "panels" denoted by the pitch seams to indicate different peices of birch bark from different trees...I may end up using diluted Dark Brown to do this as well or instead of black.

(9) I will then, if I am properly motivated, attempt to paint the inside to represent the slats, etc...


I will put pictures up when done but it may be a while....


This is just my approach and may be totally wrong...but I haven't screwed anything major up in a while so this is a good as candidate as anything! ;)

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