You will need:
One Kymera Wand (or any other gadget you would like to distress)
Ivory (or cream) coloured mat spray paint
Light brown spray paint
600-800 grade wet and dry emery paper
A thin paint brush
A small amount of black acrylic paint
Some black shoe polish and a polishing brush
Step 1: Take Out Batteries
Dry it off and then remove the battery door and take out the batteries, put them all in a safe place, where you can't get any paint on them by accident.
Step 2: Mask Shaft and Thread
Scrunch up some masking tape and poke it down inside the battery compartment to mask off the battery door thread. Getting spray on this might stop the wand working.
IMPORTANT NOTE: At this point you are about to make changes to your wand (or whatever you are distressing) that can not be undone. DO NOT continue if you are a) doing this to someone else's equipment, or b) you are worried that you might ruin your prized possession...
Once the wand is neatly masked up you could gently run some very fine (600-900 grade) wet and dry emery paper, over the surface to be painted. You don't want to see visible scratches, but a slight key will help the next stage.
Step 3: Spray Cream
I used mat paint and sprayed about 5 or 10 coats. You might find that as the first couple of coats go on there are little areas or spots that don't seem to take the paint so well. Don't worry about those, just wait for the paint to dry for about 10 or 15 minutes and then dust over another coat, eventually these spots will go. For the best effect hold the item to be sprayed (wand in this case) at arm's length and move the can backwards and forwards along the wand length pressing the spray button only when the can is moving. let go of the spray button at the end of each pass so the paint doesn't build up too thickly at each end of the spray area. As you do this rotate the wand in your hand so that it gets a nice even coating.
Stand the wand, tip down, in a highball glass in between each coat and leave it somewhere warm to dry off, say on top of a radiator or in the airing cupboard. Beware of the smell though. Some people like the smell of drying spray paint, some do not. If you live with someone who does not, perhaps the best place to do this is the garage. (Never spray in a confined space as the fumes can be dangerous)
Step 4: Polish
Leave the wand overnight to really harden off and dry properly. If you can, leave it somewhere warm and ventilated.
When the paint coating is really dry, rub you hand up and down the shaft (steady guys...) to bring it up to a gentle sheen.
Step 5: Paint Wash of Black (begin Distressing)
The art of distressing (and it is an art) is to build up a credible layer, or layers, of what looks like age related dirt and yet leave certain areas clean and highly polished as if the device has been used for years and has built up that lovely antique patina of age. Think before you start... where would the dirt build up, where would there be less dirt, what bits would become polished with age. Right now you are seeing how to distress your Kymera Wand, but you could be doing this to an X-Box, or a Wii controller, or an old remote control (how cool to have an old ivory one of those), so think through how you use it and where the dirt should and shouldn't go.
Don't worry so much if you mess this stage up a bit, you can always dry off the piece and re-spray it, indeed that might make it look better and older.
So... here goes....
Mix up some black, water-based acrylic with a little bit of water and paint on to the crisscross area. you will need to work fast and as you are going to wipe most of this off, have some damp paper towels ready before you start as acrylic dries very quickly.
Step 6: Wipe Off Black Paint
Step 7: Mask High Points
Cut very thin strips of masking tape and wrap securely round the three main high points of the wand's handle.
Step 8: Add More Black
Step 9: Spray Brown
Step 10: Lightly Remove Brown
Step 11: Remove Tape
The rings weren't perfectly clear of brown paint, so I sprayed some cream paint on to an old plate and used a fine brush to carefully touch the rings up to make sure that they looked really dirt-free.
Stand wand in a highball glass so that the rings can dry without touching anything.
Step 12: Apply Polish
Don't be afraid to go over this (or in fact any of the distressing stages) any number of times to build up a nice, deep, high quality finish.
As you polish off the shoe wax you'll see the lovely look of work worn ivory staring right back at you!
Step 13: Admire Handiwork
Phew, either it looks fab or you have just ruined a hundred dollars of high tech wizardry. Perhaps it might have been better to practice on an old wooden spoon first.
Perhaps instead of ivory you could go for an old jade handle or even a marbleized one (slightly different technique) or even a pink, soapstone look.
Look on the web or in you local bookshop for books or articles on distressing and various paint finishes.
If you don't like what you see, mask up and go back to step one and start again... remember as it says on the Kymera Wand manual...
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.