My Captain America Gauntlets

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by Gimpdiggity, May 17, 2015.

  1. Gimpdiggity

    Gimpdiggity Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi everyone!!

    I'm putting together a Captain America costume for...well, really just for fun. I have a friend that wants to go to Comic Con in Detroit/Novi with me, but it was too late for us to get plans together for this year, so I figured if I was going to go next year, I may as well put together a costume.

    I bought one of those "cosplay suits" from Amazon and got all of the stuff for it, mainly because I didn't think I'd be able to sew the whole thing together on my own. After looking at it, I probably could have put it together just fine on my own, with a bit of time. Hindsight is 20/20, though, so I've got the suit.

    The product came with a mask, utility belt, gloves, gauntlets, and boot covers...but they weren't very good quality. I set about trying to find a good way to get some better looking accessories, and decided since the show is so far off, I could give it a few attempts at putting together my own.

    I found a pattern for the gauntlets, boot covers, and utility belt at The Foam Cave, and figured I would give that a shot.

    I've never done anything even remotely close to this before, so I figured a pattern would be a good place for me to start. It was easy to download and print, and I was cutting stuff out and gluing it together pretty much straight away.

    I ended up making several "rough drafts" in order to get the process down. I was using too much CA glue, and it was causing the spots between the "outer panels" to be brittle and crack when they were bent.

    This was my first completely finished gauntlet.

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    I decided to go with red foam because I've heard that some of the finishing work on these can get beat up a bit, and at least with the red if I get a gouge in one of them or something it will still show the red underneath, which I figured would be pretty cool.

    After getting that one together, I quickly realized that the strap system wasn't really up to what I was wanting to put together. I ended up devising a different system for mounting the gauntlet to my forearm, which unfortunately I can't share right now because I'm waiting on the parts to do it to come in as they were backordered. I will be using 3/4" nylon webbing along with plastic side release buckles to be making the straps, and then they will be held to the gauntlets with 3/4" nylon webbing "keepers" that will be glued in place.

    These are the straps I'll be using to hold them to my forearm:

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    Once I got all of that worked out, I needed to make another gauntlet. This time I wanted to try something different, as I was running into the problems with the glue causing some cracks, so I grabbed some of my 30 minute two part epoxy that I use for building RC boat hulls. I figured that it would be good, because it's SLIGHLY flexible itself to account for the stresses on the boats hull and the possible expansion and contraction due to temperature fluctuations. It also would be easy to brush on and make sure that it didn't end up getting where it wasn't supposed to be.

    It ended up working out GREAT. It's flexible, as I figured, didn't get out onto the areas where the gauntlets need to bend to fit around the forearm, and is holding just as well as the CA was from my testing.

    I then set about getting it coated. I got some red Plasti Dip from Walmart and ended up using quite a few coats. I had found online that a lot of light coats generally ended up with a smoother finish. I wanted a BIT of texture, though, as it would appear that the gauntlets from the photos I've looked at (this is from the first "Avengers" movie) were made of leather, so I wanted a bit of texture to look like they weren't some kind of solid pieces.

    I ended up with this:

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    It's got just enough texture to it that it looks like it's made out of some kind of organic material, which is what I was going for.

    I'm currently putting a few final coats on it as I ended up bending it around something so that I can get some of the Plasti Dip into the areas that were kind of "less exposed" when it was just flat, but I should have the gauntlet itself finished up later on tonight.

    I have the second one built, I'm just waiting for the two part epoxy to cure. I'm hoping to have that one finished and Plasti Dipped by Wednesday, which is when my parts for my straps are supposed to ship, so hopefully I can have them done by next Monday to see how they look.

    I'm currently trying to figure out if I want to try to lay any clear Plasti Dip over the top of them to give them some shine, or if I'd rather just leave it with the slightly satin type look that they have right now. I'm leaning more towards leaving them how they are.

    Anyways, I just wanted to share. It's nothing close to what you guys are putting together, but I'm having fun doing it.

    Jeff
     
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  2. Gimpdiggity

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    Just an update on the second gauntlet that I am working on.

    I get better at making them with every attempt. This second one is a better overall piece than the one that I'm almost finished with. The first one had a few corners on the upper parts that needed some CA to get them to stay down, but this second one hasn't had that issue. I believe it's because I was a bit more thorough with the two part epoxy when I was brushing it on.

    I will probably end up doing a third gauntlet, then end up using the two that come out the best. They are cheap and easy enough to make that it's not like it's really going to put me out or back anything if I make a few extra ones.
     
  3. Gimpdiggity

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    Hi everyone.

    No replies, but I see some people looked at the thread, so I figured I'd go ahead and update it.

    I ended up making a new set of gauntlets, as the first one from the images earlier got damaged when I was trying to do something to it. Anyway, the parts that I needed to get it to actually fit on my arm showed up today, so I did a bit of gluing and ended up pretty satisfied.

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    I'll get the Plasti Dip on it as soon as the weather wants to cooperate. It's been really hot and humid, so I don't think it's very ideal to lay the Plasti Dip down. I think I might get a chance to do it this evening, though, so I'll update the thread if I do.

    I am also working on a helmet right now...but waiting on some tools to get it made.
     
  4. Midori

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    That looks great!
     
  5. Gimpdiggity

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    I finally got around to laying the PlastiDip on these.

    I got kind of sidetracked working on my helmet and neglected the gauntlets. However, they are now finished. I'm just waiting for them to fully cure before bringing them in and putting the straps back on them.

    I've got a mannequin on the way for my Cap costume, so they'll end up mounting on that for the time being.

    I'll try to get some pictures up this afternoon/evening.
     
  6. cavedwellar

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    They look great! Use the Glossifier instead of the clear Plasti to shine them up a bit.


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  7. Gimpdiggity

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    Thanks!!

    Here's how they stand right now. I've got the pieces cut to add the "metal" brackets on the sides of them, but I'm not sure I'll end up using them. I kind of like the way that they look right now. I'm going for a pretty generic Cap costume, so if little details are slightly off from the source parts, it's not that big of a deal.

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    I'm going to end up putting some snaps on the straps to hold the ends of them down. That should also make sure that the webbing doesn't slide through the buckles and loosen up as I wear them, too.
     
  8. Badgersbunk

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    Those are looking great. Keep up the good work.
     
  9. Venomsuit

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    You will be Captain America in no time!
     
  10. Gimpdiggity

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    Thanks guys.

    I'm not sure why that second picture has them so dark red. I think it did some HDR stuff on the phone when it was taking the picture. They're a brighter red, like in the first photo. I kind of like the darker look, though, so I may start messing with some paint to see what I can come up with.
     

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