When I share costumes featuring armor, the armor is often made from EVA foam. Replica Props Forum (RPF) user Beetroot opted for a more authentic material for his replica of a Gladiator costume: leather. He crafted a Maximus ensemble based on the first battle in the film. He made everything from the soft parts (the tunic, pants, and cloak) to the armor. He discussed the decision to use leather at RPF:
When I started this project my plan was instead of spending hours and money trying to make something look like the real thing instead I would just use the real thing. The primary example for this was the leather work. Instead of using foam or some other material and making it look like leather I would just use leather.
He used tanned leather for the cuirass and pauldrons and stained with gold and silver water based dyes. He said:
Some soft leather was then used to combine all the pauldron pieces together. Initially I used split pins as I though the flat look at top was more accurate but ended up settling on rivets that were a lot stronger.
The leather skirt was made of more of the soft leather. This was cut to shape and a seam sewn using my wife’s sewing machine. This was all glued together using barge cement.
See the entire build at The RPF.
Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.
Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!
Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground” – Adafruit’s Apps!
Maker Business — SoftBank Invests $300 Million in WeWork
Wearables — Foam feathers
Electronics — Have the need for speed? This diode might be right for you
Biohacking — Daptly to Release a Commercial Smart Mirror
No comments yet.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.