Hi again, Gear Heads! I had so much fun with my first steampunk-gun that I wanted to make a second one.
Here’s the supplies you’ll need:
-Nerf gun/any squirt gun or dart gun
-primer spray paint
-(optional) black spray paint (no gloss)
-a spongy brush thingy
-a cup of water
-lots of newspaper or paper towels
-gears or other accessories (optional)
-Rub n Buff (silver)
Here’s how it went:
1) If you don’t have a super thin screwdriver, go to your local CVS and pick up an eyeglass repair kit for $2.00. Now, unscrew all the screws. DO NOT LOSE ANY OF THE PIECES. It really helps to separate (and label) screws & internal pieces!
2) Once you’ve had everything disassembled, take the pieces that will be visible and go put a primer layer on them. Wait 45 minutes before proceeding (about 35 minutes if it’s warm outside).
3) You can totally skip this part if you want. Spray all the pieces with your black spray paint. Go back outside in 15 minutes and respray any pieces where you might have missed a spot. Then wait another 45 minutes.
Bring all your pieces inside and set them up where you can see them. Get an idea of what you want your gun to look like. Remember, it’s all about creativity. Go crazy!
4) in image #4, I’m showing that little piece you slide back to cock the gun. I put on like two or three layers of silver, and added texture and made it look super worn out by mixing silver with black, splotching it around a few random places, and blending the edges of the splotches with my finger.
5) the beginning of the barrel. I painted the barrel tubes silver, then painted between them with the silver-black mix to make it look dirty and to make the tubes visually pop out.
6-10) the gun, reassembled. There are great and descriptive videos on YouTube to help you if you can’t remember where all the pieces are supposed to go inside your gun. Here comes the fun part. If you have silver Rub n Buff (which I highly recommend), take the tiniest amount you’ve ever seen ever and rub it across certain spots, then use another finger to blend it so that it’s not just BRIGHT SILVER HERE I AM, and instead it’s “oh wow that gun looks like it’s been in a hundred battles at least!” Take a tiny bit of RnB across the flat of your finger, and carefully brush your finger across the words “Maverick Rev-6” so that it stands out and just looks so cool.
Pro tip: I read in another tutorial that if you want the gun to look realistically battle-worn, think about it as if you were in the steampunk world, carrying your gun around, throwing it in a trunk with other stuff, dropping it on the ground, getting blast marks on the metal of hour gun from bullets whizzing past during an awesome gun fight! Think about where it would be hardest to clean your gun, you know, those hard-to-reach cracks and crannies. Like when you just wipe it off quickly with a rag but didn’t clean everything. Think about it like that, and your gun will be looking like it’s straight out of science fiction!
Good luck, and please send me pictures of the steampunk guns & other accessories that you create!
Edit: I just wanted to let y’all know how much it cost to do this, and tell you the best way to do this project within your budget.
•$10 on acrylics (x3)
•$14 on spray paint (x2)
•$14 on Rub n Buff (x2)
•$1 on one spongy brushy thingy
•$4 on large gears (set of 5)
•$12 on a Nerf gun
If I’m not too tired to count, I think I’m at $55, right? Basically, if you or a friend or parent has some of this stuff, use it! Don’t buy it! And you don’t need super top-quality paint. Look for sales, like Aaron Brothers’ Buy One Get One for One Cent sale.