Just bringing over a tip I posted on Facebook that I thought might helpful to cosplay folks.
Soooo a lot of times the metal buckles you grab off the shelf be it for armor or straps or jackets are going to be a shiny plated nickel. It’s possible to find an antique nickel finish, but it’s rarer, especially if you don’t have a specialty store like Tandy Leather near you. For me, Tandy didn’t have the antique finish in the buckles I liked best, so I picked up the shiny ones and tried to figure out a way to age them for Fili.
After some internet digging I found a few different methods for darkening/aging the metal, but I didn’t really have the time or tools for them. Then I randomly found this product and decided, why not. The stuff is called… Nickel Ager. And hallelujah, it does exactly what it says. In the pic above, you can see how shiny my buckles were in the top picture. The middle picture was after letting them sit in the solution of Nickel Ager for TWO MINUTES and then letting them dry overnight. After that I buffed them with steel wool, and the result is the bottom right buckle. Bottom left is before being buffed. The result is beautiful, and half a bottle of the smallest bottle covered 6 buckles and a handful of studs and probably would have gone further if I was being careful (aka not lazy).
So yeah, if you have bright shiny nickel plated buckles and need them to have a natural aged look, THIS.
I would argue… very in depth. It’s important that your reader gets a good feel for how this race lives a daily life… and what kind of things they do, say or believe that makes up their whole world.
Here are some resources to help you out with that:
- Quick World Building Tips
- Naming Places and Things
- Questioning Your Story
- The Senses and World Building
- Creating/Drawing Maps Links Masterpost
- Fantasy Writing Guide
- Name Generators
- Prompts & Pointers: World Building
- An Aside on World Building (Worksheet)
- 30 Days of Introducing a Speculative Fiction Element
- Race Building Guide & Resources
- Tips for Making a New Fantasy Species
- Creating a Fantasy Race
- How to Create Fantasy Races or Species (Part 1, Part 2)
- Creating a Culture
Obligatory Cultural Appropriation Warning
- Creating a Fictional Calendar
- World Building Basics: Technology!
- Fantasy Weapons
- Creating a Religion
I think this should at least be a good start… best of luck…!
lmaoo accurate af
until this year of high school i always laughed at these because i thought they were inaccurate, they are not. they are not at all inaccurate.
THE MIDDLE ONE. Omg.
American public school in one post
this is literally the most accurate thing ever. i have said all of these things
I have literally heard someone seriously say the last one in an english class, about a test.