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jilltheimpossible
« on: June 17, 2010 03:58:40 PM »

Hello all!
I was hoping somebody could help me out as I'm having a bit of a problem. I'm about to get started on crafting my halloween costume for this year and I wanted to be Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon because let's face it...she's a hardcore chick. So anyway the problem I'm running into is how to make these crazy awesome shoulder pads that she wears:


I considered just taking the shoulder pads out of an old hockey uniform and using sculpy to make it appear more like armor, but then I realized that if I tried to attach the pads to the shirt with those little skull buttons that she wears- the pads would be way too heavy and would stretch out the neck of the shirt tremendously and would be almost unwearable. That's really the only idea I could come up with and it kind of fails. Does anybody have any other ideas on how I could do this? The pads don't have to look EXACTLY like the picture because that would be really hard to achieve, but I want them to at least look pretty similar.
Thanks for reading!
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010 04:02:46 PM »

Check out www.405th.com
It's a site dedicated to making replica armor. Try looking around the forums or even post your question there. I find the people are really helpful on that site.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010 04:52:57 PM »

Styrofoam!  or Aluminum foil!

with the styrofoam you could just carve it into a rough shape then cover with air dry clay or sculptey.   Aluminum foil you could just bunch up and shape into roughly what you want then cover. 

Really good idea for a costume, good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010 05:18:05 PM »

maybe you could make them out of sheets of foam. just cut it into strips and add the dots and skulls.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010 05:18:10 PM »

I'd make strips interfaced with craft weight interfacing, and self lined, then fan them out like that, and tack them together (either with hand stitching, or fabric glue) that way they could be tacked right onto a shirt.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010 06:11:10 PM »

Two words for you: Craft foam.

It is honestly the best thing for making simple armor for one time wear, and it's relatively cheap. Work with paper first to find the shapes you want and to make sure they can over lap nicely. Once you have the pieces, cut them out and put a lining in. Overlay an inner material (cotton, etc. anything, really) on the inside and seal with the craft foam sealer. You'll need to seal them to paint them or the foam sucks it up--I used a simple 2:1 ratio of water to glue, mixed up. Apply it with a brush. Apply several coats until you stop getting air bubbles. Spray paint/air brush/whatever you wish. Put together.

I made these with craft foam:
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y229/Nakira/Armor2.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y229/Nakira/Armor.jpg
(I also handcrafted the gems, but that isn't here nor there.)
These were part of my cosplay at Otakon '09 (In July) and those made it through two moves, and I just took them. It holds up well, right? C:

But as you can see, they hold up rather well (like I said), are light weight, and really quite easy to make.

As for the skull, if you're not too picky, you could make those also from the craft foam and maybe use self-adhesive velcro to attach it to the shirt.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2010 07:21:31 PM »

You could get two bowls from the dollar store, cut the side off (not quite in half) and use them as the base.  You could paint or paper mache them to look like the armour.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2010 09:24:49 PM »

I would cut the base strips out of cardboard and paperclay and paint them till they looked like what I wanted.
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2010 05:42:48 AM »

I revoke my idea, and totally back the idea of craft foam!  That would be pretty easy to do, and ought to make the shapes perfectly.
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2010 09:17:02 AM »

Here are a few ways to do it.
One is poster board in silver. This is the easiest.
Paint rivits on with silver Fabric paint  or white glue that you can paint over with silver paint and nail polish in silver works too.
 Another it Milk jugs or ice cream buckets.
If you want to use it again and again
then go for pickle buckets (white  5 galon buckets) but for that you will need a jig saw
and with plastic you have to sand it before you paint it and it chips if you dont use plastic paint.
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