I need some help with a shader I'm trying to make. I made renderings of darts (don't ask me why) and I'm trying to find a way to make a shader to look like the grip of this dart:

enter image description here

I tried a way of adding noise and the such (like making it look like glitter), but the speckles are fairly small, and it doesn't even remotely look like this.

I'm using cycles render, any idea on how to do this? Keep in mind I'm not super experienced, so if the solution is a fairly complex one, some screenshots or a step by step would be helpful.

To help you, understand the grip is supposed to have small diamonds in it, thats why it is so sparkly.

thank you for any help you provide!


1 Answer 1


I would go with a more PBR based set up, but since you mentioned you are fairly new to Blender I don't want to get to involved with the node set up.

A simple node set up could look like this. (It's not exactly right but maybe it is close enough for you. If I have more time I will try to do a more advanced shader) enter image description here

To get those sparkles to really shine you may need to do some post processing. Although they show up a little better when you move the camera around.

I am just mixing between glossy shaders with a noise texture in the displacement to get that grainy texture.

Try messing the with value of the multiply node to get the shine that you want.

Also maybe darken the tan glossy shader some more, so the white sparkles pop better.

W/O displacement: enter image description here

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Displacement isn't doing anything in this setup, It's better to just use it as Bump Map connected to Normal slots in Fresnel, Diffuse and Glossy. $\endgroup$
    – cgslav
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ Sure it is (although subtle). I attached am image with disp turned to zero. I was going to do normal maps but didnt want to have too many nodes for someone who is new to blender. $\endgroup$
    – icYou520
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 18:00
  • $\begingroup$ Did you use microdisplacement for this? $\endgroup$
    – cgslav
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ No I did not, and I agree with you though normals would be better. I was just trying to think of the simplest and quickest way. $\endgroup$
    – icYou520
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ Well ok then, I didn't used displacement before microdisplacement shows in Experimental Features but somewhere in my mind was statement that it's doing nothing :) My honest mistake :) $\endgroup$
    – cgslav
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 18:05

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .