Deflects wood swords and No.2 pencils
The armor is finished!!! [And no, we ended up not using Friendly Plastic because we opted instead on another alternative.]
The Process: First off I give first and foremost credit to my father. Whom without his guidance and extensive knowledge of tools and crafting probably wouldn't have been possible to make. A lot of armor making tutorials suggested a more complicated route, which warrants at least respect, considering you get more accurate results. But since alas I was still working with a budget we did what we could. A lot of armor crafters suggested Wonderflex plastic sheeting with Friendly Plastic molded ontop of it to give it a finished look. But the Wonderflex itself is pretty expensive so we avoided that route.
My father found some solid black polyethylene plastic sheeting to work with instead for 12$ which worked great for manipulating with a heat gun.
After he manipulated the pieces I then hotglued the details onto the plates and painted over them. My dad riveted the leather to the plates so now it's one solid piece [there's some velcro on the sides though so I can navigate this on me slightly easier though.]
It was a fun process, I was pretty out of it considering most of the time I was helping work on this I was so tired I pretty much was on auto pilot.
The other shoulder doesn't have a shoulder plate, because that piece will be hidden by a cloak anyway, so it won't matter.
When the gauntlets arrive I plan to mold the vambrace with the Insta-Morph! :D
I'm going to do something about that leather beneath so it doesn't look so tacky.
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