Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Imperator Furiosa Arm Part Three

Your arm is mostly done.  Now, it's time for the straps!  I went to a few local thrift stores and just found old, abused, ratty looking belts.  I ended up getting most of mine from a clearance center thrift store.  Approximately 20 belts for $5.  Not bad.  I've never worked with leather, so I figured belts would be easier to work with than making my own straps.  Make sure you get a wide variety of colors (browns, blacks, reds), and sizes.

First, decide which belts you are going to use for the main support across your torso (3 belts).  If you are wearing an actual corset with your outfit, I recommend you wearing it while making your straps so you are the correct size.  Put on the three belts.  Using a thinner belt, clamp in place the strap the goes across the front and back.

Next, make the arm strap.  I used a single belt, thread it through itself, and connected it to the main strap and the cross strap.

I used clamps to hold them in place, then drilled a hole, then riveted.  Attach small leather strap to D ring (mine came off while doing this.  Simply reattach).  Put on arm.  Measure out from elbow to shoulder and clamp small strap.  Rivet. 

Now, let's make the pauldron and shoulder pad (ignore that it's in the pics above.  I did things very crazily).  Use newspaper and draft out your pauldron.  Test.  If you like it, cut from EVA foam.

Sketch your details out.

Now along the medial edge is supposed to be cut outs that are raised.  I decided to not do that.  Instead, I achieved a similar look by sculpting ridges with instamorph, then covering the area in worbla.

Heat and bend.  Tape in place.  Set aside.

Once cool, paint black, then paint in a similar fashion to your hand base.  Weather heavily.  I used a toy screw in the front for the lump she has (circle above).  I also found an old pull handle that I threaded through a hole I drilled.

In the back, all of those tubes need to plug in.  In order to keep the pauldron separate from the rest of the arm, I decided to make a disconnect.  I used the same elbow piece that I used for my hydraulic rams, just in a larger size (1/2" OD).  I then got a small piece of 1/2" OD tube.  Paint everything black.  With help, feed the tubes/cords through.  The bungee will stretch, allowing the other two to shove in.

I also used a plastic giant screw looking piece I found in the kitchen sink section.  Not sure what it's called.  I cut off a huge portion and drilled a hole in it.  Then, I attached the elbow piece just like I did the hydraulic rams, using a bicycle spoke.

For the pad, I drew out pattern and tested it under the pauldron.  Mine is actually a bit too small, but it works if I pull it forward.  I had some scrap white fabric that I had on hand.  Also, measure your bicep area and cut out a thick strap from the same fabric.

Cut out.  With right sides together sew, leaving an opening.  Turn right side out.

For the strap: fold end in and sew.  Mark and sew where you want your velcro to go.  Add leather straps (I hot glued them on).

For shoulder pad: Stuff with batting.  Quilt.  Try to do a better job than I did (I'm no quilter, my lines are terrible!)

Now since I used white fabric, these are horribly off from hers.  I used fabric paint, watered it down, then painted the fabric, both sides.

Also be sure to dirty it up, using blacks and browns.

Next, you need to attach this to the straps so your pauldron stays on.  Put on your arm.  With help, figure out where to attach straps so your leather straps will be attached to your pad.  I used velcro so it can be taken off.

Use velcro to attach pad to pauldron.

If your pad won't stay velcro'ed to you leather straps, you may need to attach it permanently to your harness.

And finally, you may need a clasp for your wrist.  This is at the end because I had a hard time finding one.  I ended up finding one in my supply bin.  Josh had got it for his mando and said I could use one.

And you're done!

And some detail pics:

Until next time, keep cosplaying!  Any questions, comments, or requests, leave them below!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Imperator Furiosa Arm Part Two


In part two I will show you how I added all of the details to my hand base that we made in part one.  Make sure you have plenty of reference images, and continuously refer to them.  First, you need to make the piece that goes just below the elbow.  Trace out a pattern on newspaper or wax paper.  Test.  If it works, cut out in foam, cover in worbla.

Paint brown.  Next, use a hose clamp for the metal detail around the circumference.

 The hydraulic rams gave me the most trouble on this project, so let's cover those first.  I made these probably 4 times before I found something that works.  Put on your elbow piece (that you just made) and your hand.  Measure out the distance.  You will need this to make the rams.  There should be four, but because my arm is so small, four was too much, so I went with three.  Make sure you use your reference images to mark out where they should go.  Number them (in chalk so they wash off).  For the connections, I used these plumbing parts (not sure what they are called):

Cut off the 90 degree angle so they lie flat on your arm.

Paint black.  Be sure to use a paint made for plastic.

At first I just glued these on.  But they kept popping off.  Therefore, I ended up drilling a hole through the top, down through my worbla base, and inserting a screw to hold it on.

The last image is to see how it looked with the screw.  Now, for the hydraulic rams themselves, I first used straws.  They ended up being too bendy, but I do recommend using them to get your lengths right.  You will need a large diameter pipe with a smaller diameter pipe that can insert into it.  I got all of these from the plumping aisle.  Cut your lengths from the pipe.

Now those 90 degree pipe things we used for the connectors have an inner piece that pops out.  You need to connect the pipes to this piece.  For the large pipe, I used small pieces of the smaller pipe and used pvc glue to glue part into the popped out piece and into the large pipe (ignore the small pipes in this picture, the idea didn't work).

The smaller ones were a bit more difficult, and I had to ask my dad for help.  What ended up working is a bit confusing, so I hope I explain it well.  We used old bicycle spokes, cut them down, bent the end, and screwed them in.  Basically, it created a metal prong that sits on the lip on the pipe, then gets tightened to hold it in place.  Also, since we couldn't find a small enough washer, we used a drywall plug and cut it down to make a washer so the screw wouldn't pull through.

If that part is confusing, google how a bicycle spoke works and that might help.  Or send me a message/comment and I'll do my best to explain.  Pop the removable part back in.  Now you have your hydraulic rams.  You will need to put the small pipes into the bigger ones for them to be complete, but you get the idea.  I will come back to these and details later.

For the tubes, I got a bungee cord (painted black, then silver), shoe lace (round style, in black, painted silver), and an orange tube (couldn't find a yellow one.  Figured this was close enough).

Let's work on the hand base now.  The thumb area has a few details.  I didn't add all of them, but I did a fair bit.  Try to drill and screw in your details wherever possible.  Glue of any sort will not be as good as screws.  Here are some pics of my detailing process.

If you have any questions about how I did anything, let me know.  Most of this was trial and error and I had to redo things often.  The thumb bits were redone about 3 times.  The air compressor handle took 4 tries.  Keep trying things.  And use your reference images a lot.

Now back to the hydraulic rams.  There is one with a wrench on it and one with duct tape.  Also, some of the hoses are tied down.  Add those details.

The elbow piece needs a gauge and a d ring for a strap (seen in image above).

Next time, I'll show you how to do the straps, pads, and other miscellaneous items.

Until next time, keep cosplaying!  Any questions, comments, or requests, leave them below!