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Topic: Rubberized Bicycle Tube Armor for Joan of Arc  (Read 21353 times)
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« on: November 08, 2011 02:42:43 PM »

Hi Guys!

This is a suit of armor made entirely out of cardboard and bicycle tubes, styled after the style of armor that Joan of Arc would have worn.

The entire base is constructed from cardboard that is cut and hot-glued into shape. Each individual piece was then covered in multiple coats of brown paper dipped in wallpaper paste, creating a thin, lightweight but very sturdy form of paper mache.

Every piece was then gesso-ed to remove any corrugation lines, then spray painted matte black.

After the individual pieces were primed I applied the bicycle tubes in varying combinations to create varying effects, such as weaving, stretching, piping, and other cuttings and manipulations. The tubes were adhered to the frame using rubber cement.

Finally, each piece was connected together using an awl, screws and acorn cap fittings to create a more intense armored feel.

This armor took about fifty hours of intense work to execute. It was a labor of love, that's for sure!

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011 02:58:01 PM »

That is amazing!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011 05:39:21 PM »

How cool is that! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011 05:58:03 PM »

Holy Cow!  That's awesome!   Joan of Arc is one of my most favorite historical figures.  Well done!
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011 05:58:59 PM »

Pretty fantastic!  Could you actually use it as armor for Renaissance Faires and such?
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011 06:12:19 PM »

Holy cow! I'm without words. That is sooo amazing.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011 06:15:59 PM »

I just had to show this to my husband...it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen on craftster!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2011 06:26:20 PM »

wicked!
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011 07:03:38 PM »

Ummm...Wow!  I love the elbow pads.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2011 07:15:59 PM »

That is amazing!
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2011 10:16:30 PM »

This is so great, your hard work and dedication really show through.  Such great textures!
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kalan71
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2011 03:26:04 AM »

this really is fantastic, your armor is so well done, isn't  it too stiff to wear ?
this is one of my to- do things but I've been too lazy to begin it uh uh!!! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2011 11:59:34 AM »

Simply amazing!
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2011 02:54:08 PM »

Very cool.  Love all the attention to detail!
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011 05:55:19 PM »

 Shocked  holy. crap.  awesome!
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2011 07:55:05 PM »

WOW!
That's the coolest thing ever! Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2011 01:43:11 PM »

This so totally rocks!
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2011 03:42:47 PM »

wha??!!
any idea on total hours this took?
honestly, i wish i had the talent and the patience, you need both to turn out something that awesome!
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2011 08:04:39 PM »

This is amazing and absolutely breathtaking! I'm also kind of in love with your tattoo sleeve, do you have any photos showing it off better?
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2011 08:57:39 PM »

WOW! Your work is incredible. I love all the different textures you achieved. Your so talented, amazing job! Smiley I'm hitting "THIS ROCKS!"
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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2011 12:34:24 AM »

Dear lord...That is simply astounding. These are the types of things you see in dreams. At least what I dream I could make. I always knew cardboard could be used to make beautiful and crafty things.
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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2011 08:11:24 PM »

*jaw drops* This is amazing.
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« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2011 12:17:22 AM »

This blows me away every time I see it. I bow to your crafting skills!
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2011 02:26:06 PM »

This is so glorious. Are you planning on doing or have you already done armor for your bottom half as well?
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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2012 02:13:00 PM »

Whoa, that is super cool! It turned out great!
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