I decided to use the lovely strap hinges I bought in England on a rather rustic kitchen door I'm making for the WMH.
They're real metal, but a darkish grey, and I asked David if I should paint them to make them look more like iron. "Use the black patina", he suggested.
If you don't know it, black patina is used by ship and railway modellers, but it's mostly used by stained glass artists, to give lead or solder the dark patina of age instantly. David introduced me to it a few years ago for another project I was working on.
And it worked brilliantly on the little hinges! You can still see that they're metal (once you paint them, they might as well be plastic) and it darkens them enough to make them look authentic.
I bought a smallish bottle of the stuff last year in Toronto at a stained glass supply shop, and it will probably last me years :) You can try it on all sorts of metals. You just brush it on and if it's going to work, it works instantly. Chemistry is magic!
This door will go in the back of the model. It will probably never be used, but it's got damned good looking hinges! It was made precisely the way I made the kitchen door for the castle, but I just bevelled the edges of the boards rather than really going to town on the carving ...
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