Costume Latching questions

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by PR85, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. PR85

    PR85 New Member

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    Hey guys, I am in the middle of making a Master Chief Spartan Suit and I am unsure of my best option to latch the pieces together. For things such as the chest, forearm, shin, and other form fitting parts, I am going to have to cut the solid piece into at least two separate pieces in order to get it on. I need a latching system I can use that will be sturdy enough and also not compromise the look of the armor (preferable something easy to use). I've tried looking through some of the post and maybe I am looking in the wrong ones, but I can't find much useful information on this subject.

    Any recommendations on what you guys use or what you would suggest for this?
     
  2. Jaedena

    Jaedena Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What are the armor pieces made out of?
     
  3. PR85

    PR85 New Member

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    Thus far I started with the pep files and printed them out on paper and have them coated in fiberglass and resin. However I will soon be making silicone molds so that I can pour them as a urethane plastic. So that is what they will be made of once I attach the latches/clasps.
     
  4. PR85

    PR85 New Member

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    I feel like there has got to be a better way than just clamps or straps. clamps wouldn't be bad for connecting, but being able to reach into the armor to unclamp then could be a potential pain in the buttox!
     
  5. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

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    Ever consider magnets? Rare earth magnets are very strong.
     
  6. writefast

    writefast Active Member

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    You could do straps with an overlay. Maybe a piece that velcros on over your strap.
     
  7. elro

    elro Active Member

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    ^ What Cal Said. Just make several housing along the joining areas for rare earth magnets to live.

    Or use luggage straps attach to the armor with matching pieces sewn onto a bodysuit underneath - My friend has a master chief outfit and it entirely attach via luggage straps - have a look at it here : Zerebin on deviantART
     
  8. Neoroid Ranger

    Neoroid Ranger New Member

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    Snow board binding straps.

    i use them for a more form fit. you can do them one handed.
     
  9. PR85

    PR85 New Member

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    Dude, I feel like I just had a "V8 Moment". That is genius! I think that sounds like a great way to go. I may pick up a few and try it out on one or two pieces to see how I like it, but I think that sounds like a great idea.
     
  10. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

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    I have used neodymium magnets on all my costumes because Velcro wears out and gets lint stuck in it, and all sorts of crap. I have never had a problem but some people give me weird looks for some reason. I have my entire Boba armor attached with magnets as well. You can even use them for battery terminal connectors that do not slip, pretty handy. And there pretty cheap. rare earth magnets - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
     
  11. PR85

    PR85 New Member

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    awesome, thanks for the link!
     

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