This tutorial will discuss the techniques for using pearl powders with model building. This follows the third build layers chart. For this example, I will be showing the effects of spraying pearl powders over a gloss black surface and a white surface. The applications of pearls are endless, and they can be applied to any painted surface to create a pearlized look. The technique I’m using is to mix the pearl powders with a clear carrier and then spray the mixture over an already painted part. The pearl powders can be mixed with paint to create pearlized paints as well.
For this demo, I am using Jacquard PearlEX pearl powers mixed with Mr Super Clear Gloss. I have mixed these pearl powders with Future floor polish as well with similar results. A very small amount of the pearl powders is mixed with the carrier, then the mixture is poured into the airbrush and sprayed out.
Next up is spraying the part. Begin with a light tacky coat, then a heavier coat.
Below is the resulting picture for spraying on the base color coat:
Below is another example with a different part. The same process and techniques are used but the pearls are sprayed over a white surface.
And the corresponding painted part:
Applying a couple of coats of clear gloss will deepen the shine and give the pearl layer a more 3D look.
Below are some additional examples of pearls used in different kits