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Unread 03-02-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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ANBU Arm Guards Tutorial!

Since there was a demand for it i'm making a short guide on how to easily make your own anbu arm guards in one afternoon

a few sheets of .020 styrene plastic (ebay, amazon)**
a few sheets of craft foam (michaels, walmart, anywhere.. any color is fine)
about a yard of silver metallic vinyl fabric (jo-anns, michaels, easy to find around halloween)
elmers glue or glue stick
hot glue gun
velcro tape

**Note: If you cannot get .020 styrene you can use craft foam for that as well.

Step one: trace out the size and shape of the arm guard on normal paper first. i used a plain rectangular shape, but if you'd like some curves to it go ahead. cut out the paper and use this as your pattern. the ANBU arm guards go from the wrist to the elbow and sometimes a bit further, keep that in mind.

Step two: trace out the pattern twice on the styrene and cut them out.

Step three: place the styrene shape on the backside of the vinyl and follow this diagram: http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/901...utthevinyl.png
cut out the vinyl leaving some space on the outsides like in the picture

step four: place the styrene plate on the backside of the vinyl and glue it down lightly with elmers or a glue stick. then put hot glue on the edges of the vinyl and fold them over onto the back of your arm plate. main body of the arm guard is finished

step five: figure out the size of your arm and trace out two straps (small and big) for each arm guard in the craft foam.

step six: cut out vinyl for the arm straps just like the way you did for the arm plates. glue lightly and then hot glue edges as before. straps are now finished

step six: attach a little square of velcro (the spikey side) to either end of the straps (top side of the straps!! important!!) and then attach two lines of the gentle side of the velcro at appropriate places across the arm guards. this makes it slightly adjustable in case your arm grows a bit.

yay done! finished product should look like this: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2464911/

the way i figured this out was based on the automail guide i used to make automail two years ago - http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking.html. credit to them for the general idea

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Unread 03-02-2010, 01:46 PM   #2
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Linked it to the main accessories tutorial thread.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 07:29 AM   #3
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Thanks so much, I'm working on creatin an anbu costume for next year, this will help alot.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 11:22 PM   #4
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I like your finished version a lot! OwO

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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:25 PM   #5
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glad that this was helpful! ^_^

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Unread 01-12-2011, 06:36 AM   #6
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Wow, those look great. Even better than the ones I made.

I have two questions. 1. Can these be altered for shin guards? I suppose that they can, I need to make some for my Mei Terumi cosplay as she wears shin guards. 2. How much would it cost to make? I get a lot of coupons for Joanne's and Micheal's but if you can tell me the average cost so I would know how much I need, that would be great.

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