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Using spray paint (Preferably red, black and/or gold), or other household items, how do you make a small object (mp3 player) look rusty?

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Don't know if anyone has anything better but I usually use the typical mixes of browns and reds and use something called "crackle finish". You can buy it at any generic craft store and it's usually with the acrylic paints.
You paint on your base colours and let that dry and for the "rust" colour, use your reds and apply crackle on top. This will give it an aged, and old appearance and the general look of rust spots.
does that work with spray paint or should I use something else?
I have mixed sand with acrylic paints( Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Payne's Grey and a green mixture for verdegris) I've also used Plaster of Paris as a "wash", and then painted the surface, with a sponge and varying shades of acrylic paint.
Well honestly brass doesnt rust it patinas. It develops a green/blue hue in areas where water would build up.
such as :

or like so for bronze:

good referance is a must. Best of luck in your endeavors!
I am aware of that, and I think I figured out how to make it look old and dirty anyway. Thanks though!
I have been known to scrape rust off of bits of metal from my husband's shop and then use a light coat of glue and sprinkle it over whatever I want to look rusty. For example,
one fortunate thing about making things look rusty , is that many of the proper pigments to do this are in fact already .."rust" the rusting of iron , is as many already know oxidation, and many artists pigments are in fact iron oxide. better yet iron oxides come in many colors, and some have pointed out reds, yellows, oranges, browns, and gray/blacks. these are available as artist pigments,many paints, and another source is artist pastels (chalks) look toward the earthy forms of the pigments, not the pure colors . Getting there takes a little practice, several techniques , and patients. Thin washes,"wet in wet" ,dry brushing, and dusting with dry powder over tacky paint. (the girls have the advantage here , work it like eyeshadow) . when you have the desired effect airbrush a light coat of dulcoat lacquer (careful on plastics) or other dull clear coat to set the effect. pastel chalk is used by creating fine powder using fine sand paper.

iron oxide red burnt umber
iron oxide orange raw umber
iron oxide yellow burnt sienna
yellow ochre raw sienna

look for model rail road weathering on google, and other posts on the empire , I have responded to at least three other version of this same question.

also visit my photo's and look at the ship model some of the techniques are are used there , I even apply scale seagull droppings from time to time.

The easiest way to simulate rust is with artist chalk. Wander down to your local art source and pick up a pack of “earth tone” chalks, not chalk pastels they are not the same thing. There will generally be 6 rust gradients in a pack. These simulate rust from 24 hours old (orangish) to 3+ years old (dark brown).

To apply use wet water (2-4 drops of detergent in a quart of water). Select the shade you want to use first and place a few drops of wet water in the chalk stick. With a not overly good brush stir the water while pressing down on the chalk. This makes a slurry of chalk that can be applied to the item to be rusted. Apply until the desired effect is achieved in the wet state. Then let dry. The chalk will become substantially more visible when dry. DO NOT PANIC. When a clear fixative is applied to the object the chalk will appear as it did in the wet state.


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