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Project at The Costumer's Manifesto "Armored" Gloves ofCraft Foam Sheets Costume Design & Construction "Armored" Gloves using Craft Foam Sheets

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The Project: This project will allow you to make a flexible, lightweight "armored" glove suitable for light, short-term use on stage, RPG or for Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions.

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What you will need:

Cheap cloth garden gloves

2-3 12"x18" Craft Foam sheets

Hot glue gun and sticks

Scissors

Metallic Acrylic paint

"shadow" color(s) of acrylic paint

Gold or silver leaf and leaf size

assorted paintbrushes

Choose your paint colors according to the following table:

'Finished appearance:'Foam sheetsShadow ColorsMetallic PaintsLeafBright steel or silverBlack or blueblack & bright bluesilveraluminumDull, dark steel or gunmetalblackblack and dark bluegunmetal & silvernoneBronzebrownblack and dark brownbronze & goldnoneBright goldbrown, red or yellowdark brown and red or yellowgoldartificial goldCopperbrown or rustBrowncoppercopperBright gold with multicolored twinklebrown, red or yellowdark brown and red or yellowgoldgold & variegatedBrown leatherblackbrown fabric marker & shoe polishoptional "shine" of copper rub on pastenone, use clear acrylic glaze for shiny finishBlack leatherblackblack fabric marker & shoe polishoptional "shine" of gunmetal rub on pastenone, use clear acrylic glaze for shiny finish Step 1: Buy or dye cheap cloth garden gloves to more or less match your foam sheet color.

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Step 2: Cut out foam sheet pieces into the overlapping "plates" and gauntlet cuff of the "armor" as shown.

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Step 3: Hot Glue the "plates" to the fingers of the glove starting from the fingertips and working up to the wrist.

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Step 4: Cut and glue any raised designs you want on the gauntlet cuff but do not yet apply it to the wrist.

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Step 5: Outline the design with raised designs of hot glue.

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Step 6: Add glue outlining to the plates on the fingers of the glove.

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Step 7: Glue the gauntlet cuff to the wrist of the glove as shown.

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NOTE: For a leather look finish follow the instructions on this off site page on the www.jedielfqueen.com@160x120.jpg Jedi Elf Queen

's great site: vambraces.htm@160x120.jpg Boromir's Vanbraces

For a metallic finish continue with the steps below.

Step 8: Drybrush a thin coating of one of your shadow colors to the whole exterior of the foam. Dry.

Step 9: Dry brush a thin coating of your metallic paint color over the surface, making an effort to NOT get the paint in all the crevices, and to get the most metallic paint on the raised parts of the foam and glue. Dry.

Step 10: Using your shadow colors, paint in extra shadow areas where the plates overlap, outside the edges of the raised designs, etc. to give an exaggerated 3-D look.

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Step 11: Dry brush tiny amounts of leaf size to select areas of the raised designs. Use this sparingly unless you want an excessively shiny surface. When size is tacky, apply leaf in small bits and gently brush it into the size. Gently brush away the excess leaf that does not stick.

Step 12: Using your shadow and metallic paints, paint the palm of the glove in a design to roughly match the appearance of raised foam armor. Dry.

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More info on making craft foam armor can be found at the following sites:

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www.jedielfqueen.com@160x120.jpg Jedi Elf Queen

(click on "costumes")

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When they are finished, photograph the gloves and post the photos to your File folder at the class @160x120.jpg eGroup

. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.

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