I've been drooling over the movie Captain America shields being produced here, but don't have te funds to buy one. So, I'm setting out to build one for $100-150.
I started with a steel saucer sled found online. I trimmed the rolled edge and stripped the paint (sorry, I wasn't thinking of taking pictures for that part. Plus it was pretty messy)
I then devised a way to produce the spun effect to the shield. I found the dead center at the top of the shield and drilled a small hole. I then attached a thin metal, flexible bar to the hole, like the hand of a clock. I then put a heavy duty stripping pad around it and spun the bar around in circles. I did the back of the shield the same way.
For the star, I simple bought some sheet aluminum, drilled a tiny pin-hole in the center of the sheet and did the same spinning technique. I then cut the star out with a utility knife. I carved the lines in the star with a sharpened screwdriver. Some real rivets were added instead of the spun rivet of the real shield.
For the back I cut the >< braces out of 1/8 aluminum and formed them to the contour of the shield. I mounted some threaded adapters I found at the hardware store to the back as mounting points for the four belt braces. The belt braces were also cut form 1/8 aluminum.
For the strap rings at the outer edge of the shield I bend some steel into a clip which hooks over the notched edge of the >< braces. You'll see some paper strips in the photos that I am using to measure the amount of leather strapping I'll need.
So, I still have paint and leather work to do. But I think I'll come pretty close to my financial goal. .... stay tuned.