Age of Ultron Captain America Gauntlets with Template

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by cdkealey, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. cdkealey

    cdkealey New Member

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    Hey guys and gals- I wanted to share the AOU cap gauntlets I just finished. I started by using reference pictures from the movie and the Hot Toys figure to make a template in Gimp, and then printed it out onto poster paper. I simplified the design a bit to better suit a foam build.

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    I traced the shapes from the template onto 5mm and 3mm craft foam (I get my foam from Hobby Lobby), and cut them out with scissors. For the long and narrow lines at the base of the gauntlets, I used an xacto knife and a ruler instead of scissors to get straight and even cuts. All the pieces were then glued together using super glue (I like a brand called Rhino Glue). To keep consistent spacing, I placed scrap pieces of 2 and 3mm foam, turned on their side, in between the pieces while gluing them together. I found some thin cardboard laying around that was the perfect thickness for a spacer for the narrow lines as well.

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    I have found that whenever you are gluing together several layers of foam that you ultimately want to stay in a curved position (like gauntlets), it is best to hold them in that curved position while you glue them together. Otherwise the resulting flat block of foam will be too rigid to curve around your body. Alternatively, if there are only 2 or 3 layers of thin foam, you can glue everything flat on the table and then add an additional layer of either foam or nylon webbing to the inside of the item, and glue that layer on a curve. I made a simple cone-shaped tool to help with this, out of a large rolled up sheet of poster board paper stuffed with plastic grocery bags and taped shut. I bent the gauntlets around the cone and glued a length of nylon webbing along the inside of the top and bottom of the gauntlets, holding the foam in that curved position while the glue dried. I glued some velcro to the inside edges for fastening the gauntlets closed. The webbing on the hand piece is from strapworks.com.

    To paint the gauntlets, I brushed on one thick coat of Benjamin Moore Aura to smooth out the texture of the foam a bit, and then 3 to 4 coats of regular acrylic paint from the craft store (brush-on as well). After painting I sprayed on a couple coats of clear plasti dip.

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    The template for the gauntlets can be downloaded here.

    Enjoy!
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2015
  2. Maryfoxfirebird

    Maryfoxfirebird Active Member

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    Nice work they look great
     
  3. bondoking

    bondoking Sr Member

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    Nice work thanks for the template
     
  4. Fly4v

    Fly4v Sr Member

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    That is some super clean foam work!
     
  5. sparton110

    sparton110 Well-Known Member

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    Beatiful foam work. Looks great and thanks for the template.
     
  6. SMP Designs

    SMP Designs Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    These are fantastic! Thanks for posting the breakdown and the templates :)
     
  7. cdkealey

    cdkealey New Member

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    Thanks for the all kind words!
     
  8. CT7567

    CT7567 Active Member

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    Wow those look amazing! Such clean foam work! Whats this benjamin moore aura stuff? Just a brand of acrylic paint or is it special?
     
  9. third3ye

    third3ye Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome work, hoping someone offers a run of these in leather.
     
  10. cdkealey

    cdkealey New Member

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    Thanks! Aura is a regular indoor acrylic/latex paint. I like it as a base coat because you can slap it on pretty thick (depending on the design of the object) and it does a great job of self- leveling, giving you a nice and smooth surface. It also has pretty good hide, covering the color of the foam nicely as well as being useful as a final color for light colors like yellow that would otherwise need more coats than darker colors. It can be difficult to work with though as it dries very fast.
     
  11. The14thDr

    The14thDr Sr Member

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    Could somebody tell me the overall diameter of the gauntlet once it has been assembled, as well as the total length of the gauntlet?
    cdkealey: Also, would you mind at all if I modified these templates slightly and added some new pieces for my AoU-style suit?
     
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  12. cdkealey

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    Hey 14th, dimensions will vary depending on the thickness of the foam you use. When using 3mm and 5mm thick foam like in the pics, they will be something like this:
    Overall outer diameter: 4 inches
    Length: 5.5 inches without hand guard, about 8 inches with
    Inside wrist circumference: 9 inches
    Inside forearm circumference (5.5 inches above wrist): 10.5 inches

    Not at all- Modify away! And post pics!
     
  13. The14thDr

    The14thDr Sr Member

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    Thank you. :) I'll pick up some foam soon and give it a try.
     
  14. LorduDesign

    LorduDesign Sr Member

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    Nice one!
     
  15. montified88

    montified88 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    leather huh???downloading the templates now......might be my next project.....a small one.......
     
  16. Gimpdiggity

    Gimpdiggity Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    They look great!!!!!
     
  17. The Full Armor

    The Full Armor Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    These are great files. They helped a lot with the design of my Cap AOU gauntlets.

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  18. cdkealey

    cdkealey New Member

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    Thanks guys- looking good Full Armor!
     
  19. The BrickKeeper

    The BrickKeeper New Member

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    I love your work so much! Do you think that it could handle a similar magnet set-up to the film? Obviously, it wouldn't be as strong, but...could it hold the weight of a shield, assuming the magnets were strong? Thanks!
     
  20. cdkealey

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    Thanks! Hmm, I would think not directly attached to the foam, but if you could attach the magnets to the nylon webbing underneath the foam, and then cut a window in the foam to expose the magnets, that could potentially work.
     
  21. jackoshadow

    jackoshadow New Member

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    Totally jealous of the gauntlets! I love the templates, and used them last year for my Cap Avengers accessories. Unfortunately, Comic-Con proved a bit much for them from a wear and tear standpoint, and the foam took a beating. What materials did you use for your version? Trying to gear up for SDCC and those look really really nice.
     
  22. The Full Armor

    The Full Armor Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I used a faux suede that I picked up from Walmart. I think they turned out pretty nice. However, after seeing some new pics of the suit up close, I was able to determine the material used on the gaiters and gauntlets as Cordura.

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  23. spartacus1

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    I see 5 different browns (besides the nylon webbing at the top). Which is Cordura and what are the other fabrics? (In your opinion?)

    thanks!
     
  24. JaySee1983

    JaySee1983 Member

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    I came here from the foam cave website! Great, great tutorials. Thank you for the free gauntlet templates. I will definitely be ordering product from you in the near future.
     
  25. ArgusUndercover

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    lovely Gauntlets and thank you for sharing them :)
     

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