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Xerox Samurai No.7

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Title - Xerox Samurai
Media - Industrial Cardboard and Garbage Bags
Time - 63 hrs
completed early November, 2009

This was the result of a project for my Intro to Sculpture class. The assignment was to take one material and use another to bind the first material together. One of the options was to make something that could be worn. I then proceeded to make a full scale replica of a suit of japanese samurai armor. I put in far more time than was necessary, but the result is as you see above.

This piece has been accepted to the Functional Art Show art the EckHaus Gallery in Kutztown, PA. [link]
Image size
3250x4830px 6.96 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D300
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Aperture
F/5.3
Focal Length
95 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Nov 27, 2009, 1:08:22 PM
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SchmiedeTraum's avatar
Lovely idea.
Well details ^^
Love it.
Shadow047's avatar
hello, friend your armor samurai this amazing, I love it, I wanted to ask if you have any template to make one myself please, it would be super cool ... if you can not, well, just say that you stay armor amazing, good job
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
I never made a template for this armor, but I might have the time in the near future.
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CardboardKnightsHobbyist Artist
Have we already stopped by here to give mad props to this armor? What did you use to tie the pieces together? And how did you get the chest plate to bow outwards?
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
The sections of armor are all tied together with garbage bags. I cut small strips of the bags and twisted them into small ropes. As for the chest piece, if you look closely you can see that not all the pieces on the chest piece are squares, and most are angled in. I cut the pattern out flat, and then cut small angles out of several of the connecting pieces. This caused the entire piece to fold in on itself slightly when I bound the pieces together. It was more experimentation than planning.
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The gardbage bag binding is brilliant and looking at a second time we can see that you used the double thick cardboard for this which would definitely give the thickness to play around with the cut angles. We know the armor says xerox all over it but what exactly was that cardboard used for? We have difficulty finding that double thick cardboard around here.

Edit: We see that it is industrial cardboard. Doesnt make it any easier to find for us though.
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wakatoHobbyist Digital Artist
The thematic contrast is cool! I like the blatant "xerox" on the forehead, it makes the armor recognize what it's made out of, but still surpass the expected quality of the medium
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Regis-ANDHobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!
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KaitoShion95Hobbyist General Artist
You are officially my newest hero. I have been trying to make cardboard armor forever and this... this is just beyond words *O*
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like the armor! The secret is getting lots of references, taking measurements of your body and sticking to them when constructing the final piece, and the ability to be flexible with the design as your imagination comes up with new ideas on the fly. I chose Samurai Armor since it has more of a simple design than other types of armor in history. I'm actually still interested in making more pieces, possibly bases of Gladiator armor...
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KaitoShion95Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like the armor... I... LOVE IT!!!!! IT'S SO AMAZING! Also thank you for replying! I can't wait to see what you have in store for the future!!! ^^ Gladiator armor would be totally sweet by the way :P
Roshya's avatar
Hahahahah Full funny XD
Wire-Master's avatar
God. Damn. That's awesome. @_@
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MRmoonWolfHobbyist Artist
gooood...i make armor too..my inspiration is samurai
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
sweet! got any pics?
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MRmoonWolfHobbyist Artist
I have some pictures here:
[link]
specially for DA
password is: wolf
name is: Wolf
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
I love that mask
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It's very creative, it's incredible what you could do with only two materials and the detail is amazing :iconilikeitplz:
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! This was super fun to make. If I ever get time again, I want to make a suit of knight's armor with a sword, lance, and shield.
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that would be awesome :iconawwplz:
skynark's avatar
ok im makeing some samurai armor... can you give me some tips. how much of the box did you use... how many boxes. the number of shoe laces etc?
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The-BenT-OneHobbyist Digital Artist
I got a huge box. I believe it was a box for a fax/copier machine, so the cardboard was much thicker and stronger than standard cardboard. I just used that one box, but I planned out the shaped carefully before hand so they would maximize the space. Also, those aren't shoelaces holding it together, those are strips of garbage bags.
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seriously! garbage bags!!! dude thats epic!
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