Build Notes:Pattering for armour
When making any kind of armour it is always essential to make a paper mock up of what it is you intend to make before you go about actually cutting the final material. Taking your time and putting the effort into this step ensures that you scale the piece to fit you correctly from both a practical and aesthetic standpoint, but most importantly it saves you a lot of time and money on not cutting up randomly and wasting the more expensive material.
Starting off through trial and error I built up the base of the gantlets using cut outs of cardboard and masking tape.
After I was happy with the look and fit of the base gauntlets I then transferred the templates to sheets of EVA foam gym floor mats which were then cut out with the aid of a metal ruler and hobby knife.
Gym/workshop EVA foam mats are much thicker and rigid than their yoga and exercise roll counterparts, making them ideal for armour.
A property of all EVA foams as a material is it is very susceptible to intense heat, as it warps and shapes when exposed to it. With the use of a heat gun I was able to bend the flat stiff pieces into the curved shapes needed by first heating up the surface with the gun and then bending it whilst allowing it to cool into the new shape.
EVA foam is also very reactive to super glue forming and almost instantaneous and very strong bond which is how all the pieces were attached to one another.
For the section above the hand that I decide to build up with outer covering sheets of PVC as I’ll have to attach the gun barrel muzzles later on.
Next step from here is to start doing the shotgun shell bandolier of both gauntlets and then the top level covering, so like always do stay tuned.
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