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Is Acrylic Used for Head Badge? Automoto.

Old 01-18-23, 06:06 PM
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Is Acrylic Used for Head Badge? Automoto.

I finally managed to obtain the correct era Automoto badge. Now all I need is an Automoto. Unfortunately, the green paint is removed and on top of that, it looks like there’s a lot of tiny indentations all over it. Like bird shot but much smaller. Interesting.

Is there professional material used to coat the background or something close to achieving the same look?

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some of these were done in a cloisonne finish, there are differing finishes for differing eras

member @rhm may be able to give some sage counsel...

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real cloisonne (with powdered glass melted in a kiln) will tend to flow in/on a curved surface like this headbadge: thin in the high spots and puddled in the low.
But worse would be to flatten it and then try to re-curve the badge after melting glass: certain to crack.
So I'd try to apply something thick and transparent, that will stay in place on a curved surface, with a brush.
There used to be plastic liquids made to mimic actual "copper enamel" sold in hobby shops, never tried any and cannot remember any brand name. But if you can find a hobby shop (good luck!) and describe what you need there might be somebody who can help you with a product...
I'd say the "tiny indentations" are to provide "tooth" so whatever is used adheres well to the metal badge in those areas.
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I'm no expert at cloisonné, but i suspect it has a lot in common with ceramic glazes. Someone who knows what they're doing could definitely formulate a glaze that stays in place when melted and doesn't flake off as the kiln cools. That would be a really cool way to make badges. You'd need an expert.

In your case, if you want the translucent look, you might get it with finger nail polish? Dilute it to a workable level and use a very fine brush, very carefully, adding more if it dries too thin.

If you don't require translucence, try something else. I'm sure acrylic would be fine, or Testors enamels.

Those pockmarks are weird!
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