How to customize your Shelby this
I discovered that temporary tattoos, sealed with a glaze to be
permanent, can look great on a Shelby shell if you select designs and
colours with this in mind: most temporary tattoos I have seen have some
transparent or translucent areas which means that the underlying shell
colour and patterns will show through. Do not assume you will get the same
opaque look you get with stickers, the effect is more painterly.
Here are the materials I used in creating this custom Shelby and
directions for trying temporary tattoos yourself.
Some packs of temporary tattoos: you can us them as is OR cut up
tattoo designs as I did if you only want to use parts of them, or
recombine or layer them to make new designs!
Judikins Diamond Glaze
some small brushes for outlining, some larger soft ones for applying glaze
Glitters as desired, I used colours that were in the tattoos as well
as a black one to pick up on the speckled look of the shell as it was
already out of box.
Paints compatible with plastics. Test first if not sure, find a
similar plastic and test. I used a mixture of glow in the dark acrylic
paint and gold glass paints in the eyes of the creature tattoo above
A paper towel, and some water.**CAREFUL NOT TO GET ANY WATER IN THE
BATTERY COMPARTMENT OR INSIDE OF THE SHELBY**
Directions: cut up tattoos, decide on placement on shell
surface. Follow package directions for applying tattoos, only of course
you will be doing all this upon the shell surface. Basically what you are
doing is peeling off a protective layer from the tattoo, pressing and
holding it onto the surface of the shell, then placing a damp, not drippy,
paper towel over the back of the tattoo for whatever period of time the
package directions say (in my case it was 30 seconds) Remove paper towel,
remove backing and your tattoo should be in place now.
Before you do another step, apply a layer of glaze over the tattoo
so its permanent. Once glaze over tattoos is dry, you can decorate
the rest of the shell following directions for the BLUsparkle Shelby (can
be found here)
Some tips: you can paint sections of the tattoos for emphasis, as I
did in the eyes of one. You can use a small brush, apply glaze to parts of
the designs you wish to highlight, as I did with the "deaths
head" tattoo, the blood drops and the Harley logo on Hellby (see
pictures) then sprinkle glitter on it. when you are done, take a picture
and email it so yours can be
shown here in our gallery along with the others!
Be sure if you post pics of yours elsewhere that you link back to
this site as the source of the tips and directions you followed. Thanks!
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