Creating a Custom Shifter Handle

I was recently comissioned to alter a shifter handle from the manufacturer’s logo to a personal symbol. The handle was made from cast aluminum, so I began by filling in the company logo with epoxy sculpting clay (Magic Sculpt), then sanded smooth.

The new design is an interpretation from a symbol in the client’s tattoo.

More epoxy is used to create the symbol in relief then sprayed with a coat of acrylic primer.

The final paint scheme was created with a coat of black primer followed with a few layers of iridescent black acrylic ink and metallic silver on the raised symbol. Iridescent purple ink was applied over the silver, finishing with multiple layers of clear coat.

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