Stripped Rusted Lead Paint…

…detailing so textual it makes you just want to – Arg – I can’t even!

Fabulous Von Raptor - Striped Rusted Lead Paint

Fabulous Von Raptor – Stripped Rusted Lead Paint

Stripped paint is something you see a lot Down Under in Australia (especially in the non-capital areas) very standard. I was exposed to a fair amount of rusted lead paint and the like in vintage retro signs, as a I knew my fair share of Hoarders. It’s not a bad thing to not want to throw sh!t out, it is a bad thing when younglings are gouging themselves open on them on a daily basis. Helmets won’t save you from needing a Tetanus shot, Darlings… don’t ruin your hair, the staff at the hospital might judge you. #NotReally #Psyche 

Fabulous Von Raptor - Striped Rusted Lead Paint

Fabulous Von Raptor – Stripped Rusted Lead Paint

One of my all time favourite things to do – somewhat of a cruel fascination take hold in my adolescence – is watching… Antiques Roadshow or any antiques program for that matter. Any program, featuring antiques – you get the gist. Most important aspect is that the program must feature guests bringing in their… collections. This is where my evil delight takes hold! 

Fabulous Von Raptor - Striped Rusted Lead Paint

Fabulous Von Raptor – Striped Rusted Lead Paint

My least favourite outcome is: the item is in fact genuine and in mint condition. *Yawn* Good for them, Boo for me. Second to that is that the item is genuine, in mint condition – but missing a component. *Small LOL* Next is obvious, it’s broken/not really “in demand.”*Medium LOL* Where I really start to enjoy myself is where the items are: a Well executed forgery. *Big LOL* a Terribly executed forgery and they paid a lot/picked it up for a steal/inherited it 20 years ago *Colossal LOL!* How did they even miss that OR How could they be so naive to think THAT piece of junk could be THAT piece of more noteworthy clutter.

Fabulous Von Raptor - Striped Rusted Lead Paint

Fabulous Von Raptor – Stripped Rusted Lead Paint

The BEST possible situation – for my entertainment – is that the item IS authentic, however, the Owner/Curators lack of restoration training/finesse has COMPLETELY destroyed ANY intrinsic value of the item – bonus if they stipulate the value if the item was untouched. Essentially turning pure spun gold into steal wool overgrown with protein based bacterial mould!!! Because they thought they could do what professionals train for decades in~ *Laugh so hard my neighbours thing I’m being murdered*

Fabulous Von Raptor - Striped Rusted Lead Paint

Fabulous Von Raptor – Stripped Rusted Lead Paint

Get the look – start with a light base on all talons, excluding the feature – that’s a bright neon purple, finished with gold charms in a zip formation. Pack on thick layers of pigment powder, and blot with topcoat – cure. Scrape back for the stripped look, add more pigment/topcoat – repeat till your happy and then finish with a topcoat. For real, no more scraping after the final topcoat – picking your talons is a BAD RAPTOR HABIT!

Fabulous Von Raptor - Striped Rusted Lead Paint

Fabulous Von Raptor – Stripped Rusted Lead Paint

This look is nerdy, retro, reminds me of my terrible lack of empathy for Mankind and make my claws look – fierce and fabulous. The level of detailing is amazing, and if you’re forced to where it for sometime – like an antique – it would get better!

Sometimes removing a tiny little piece, makes a situation a lot more tenable.

Sometimes – and I do mean SOMETIMES – deconstruction makes a situation more Fabulous… Other times, it’s someone else’s soul crushing miscalculation!

Fabulous, x

So what you think, Darling?

What’s your experiences with retro stripped goodness? Was it in a Stripp Club – as in an old shed, filled with WEIRD stuff. That – ONE DAY – might be worth… something… to someone… 

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