Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

How to make a Loki costume part 7- Chest and wrist armour

I have a secret about sculpting.


…I hate clay.


I mean REALLY hate it.


I hate it so much that I avoid it as much as possible. It seems that clay and I will never get along, so much so that I avoid costumes that I know I’ll have to do any sculpting in clay for.


I have lived in envy of other people who find sculpting in clay *fun* and produce these beautiful finger print free pieces. I am not one of those people.


So here’s how I made the sculpts for the loki armour with the LEAST amount of clay work possible.


Remember the PVC foam board back in part 5?

Well, I realised from previous costumes that you could make indents in it, rather like leather carving. Also during this project I’d scoured the internet looking for how other people had replicated this costume. One of my favourite methods was leather carving, used by this etsy seller.

Here’s a comparison they give from the movie to their pieces:


But I wanted to be able to pop out lots more of these afterwards, so I decided to sculpt in PVC foamboard using leather tools and cast in silicone and resin.


Here’s the test piece for the wrist with all the tools I used. PVC foamboard is soft enough to take etchings from a biro pen. The cross hatching/crosses is made with a cross head screw driver : D



Here’s the mock up of the loki tunic with my scribblings on it. The chest plate sizing was carefully taken from here, transfered to PVC foamboard and lines added with a biro. I sanded the edges then BAM time to mould that sucker.




Same technique as part 5, just a weirder shaped mould! I’ve combined the wrist and chest pieces to save on silicone.

I pour some black resin into the resulting mould. Easy flow 120 is flexible after moulding and can even be heat moulded afterwards. I pull the cast out of the mould once it’s dry to touch and lay it over a mannequin to give it a rough chest shape.

It’s then sanded down, sprayed black, gold brushed with acrylic paint and sealed with a clear matt acrylic.

I cut the rest of the chest plate out of pva foam, which is like craft foam but a bit denser. Using spray adhesive I cover it with leather.

The top chest piece pinned to other WIP parts to test size.

Then the entire thing is glued onto more foam to keep it stable with the green fabric added where the slits are.

And yes, it was hard to stop rubbing this with my hands while saying ‘oooooooOOOooo’

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15 Responses


    Thank you for linking my shop in your blog — I’ve been a fan of you since Khaos Komix. <3

    July 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    • Tab

      Haha! How small the internet is! You make excellent stuff- it’s a pleasure to share the internet with you.

      July 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      • Forgot to ask — you want my patterns? For the shoulders and bracers, I can email ’em to you.

        July 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        • Tab

          Thank you for the offer, that’s very nice of you! However I’ve already finished this costume, I’m just updating how I made it a bit at a time. I’ve just put up my version of the pattern over here:

          It would be interesting to compare!

          July 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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  3. Ella

    Have you ever considered using Monster Maker for sculpting? It’s a wax and finger prints literally rub out of it. Also, you can melt in a pot if you need to make a positive from a negative, toss it in the microwave to soften slightly, or use a small torch (the fiery kind, not the electric) to warm up or melt spots.
    It’s amazing.
    It honestly made me enjoy sculpting again.

    March 24, 2015 at 2:58 am

    • Tab

      Looking at it wax is probably how I would approach a lot of sculpting in the future- now I just need to find my next project! Using found objects/carving from a soft plastic is very cheap though and suited this project so does well in a pinch.

      March 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

  4. Hekate Lesedi

    Do you still have the patterns for these pieces? I’m working on a Loki costume myself, and those would be oodles of help.

    Yeah. I’m late to the Loki game. ^^;

    May 20, 2015 at 3:57 am


    So what’s with this wrist armour and it’s purpose, at the moment I only want to make the arm gauntlets/armour and then I saw something about the wrists.

    If you could fill me in at-

    And how I’m attaching both parts (arm armour and wrist armour)

    June 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    • Tab

      Hiya- I looked at the costume and on further inspection the arm gauntlets are made of two parts, one part at the wrist under the fabric, and one that you wear over the fabric wrapped around the forearm. This would probably give more flexibility when fighting.

      I’ve attached some pictures of the movie costume so you can see what I mean!

      June 9, 2015 at 10:54 am


      Thank you! That’s most helpful!

      Do you have the patterns for the wrist?

      June 9, 2015 at 11:38 am

  6. Brenda

    How did you attach the breast ‘plate’ to the fabric chest part? Was it glued on, or sewn?

    December 8, 2015 at 10:35 am

    • Tab

      I sewed velcro to the chest plate through the leather and sewed some velcro under a flap in the top of the tunic for it to fasten to- makes it much easier to sew and get on and off!

      December 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

  7. Lily

    how much resin did you end up using for each part of the project?

    and do you know of a US company that’s a good/reasonably affordable alternative for mouldlife?

    March 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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