Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

How to make a Loki costume part 9- Arm Guards

 

Yet another foray into the realm of beautiful things! Detailed breakdown of construction including templates under cut!

First I studied the hell out of some references, then drew the guards up. I’ve scanned and sized them to A4 in the template over here:

 

 

I used my old friend PVC foam board again. Each bit was cut out, sanded, shaped with a knife then glued with super glue. For a cheaper version of this costume you could make these out of craft foam. The cross hatching is made with a cross head screwdriver!

Here’s a picture of the two pairs of gaurds with all the tools I used to sculpt them next to it. A very handy thing is a leather carving set like this. The raised rivets are made in the same way as the previous tutorial.

I cast the guards in silicone as per usual. I tend to tidy my moulds up a bit, left side is tidied up with scissors, right side is yet to be done.

I get me some resin and made two arm shaped jigs for the finished product to sit on.

 

Used 228g worth of easy flo 120 resin with black pigment. I write the amounts I use on the mould so I know how much to make up for re-casts.

When the resin is set enough to be non-sticky I pull it from the cast and put it on the jigs. The resin at the centre is much thicker and harder to bend so I give it some help with a heat gun. Easy flo 120 is bendy and can be re-heated to shape after casting.

I strap the two guards together with masking tape to ensure they have the same bend to them.

 

I tidy them up with sand paper, do some dry brushing and Viola!

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3 Responses

  1. Ark

    I was wondering where you purchase your foam board. Is there an online store where I can get it? None of the hardware stores near me seem to have any idea what I’m talking about….

    November 25, 2013 at 5:49 am

    • Tab

      Where are you located? I use 4D plastics for mine, or get it second hand from companies who have had advertising displays printed and don’t need it any more. If you’re US based try searching for sintra instead- that’s the name brand.

      November 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

      • Ark

        I am in the US so I’ll look for Sintra. Thanks.
        By the way, I really like your tutorials. It’s hard to find good ones to work from. I can’t wait to start my Loki project :D

        November 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

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