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Unread 12-14-2003, 06:34 PM   #1
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Red face Naruto-Ninja Head Protectors

I was wondering where all you Naruto cosplayers out there got metal for your Head Protectors? I've been trying to find a good metal to work with. People have suggested covering something with foil, but I think that looks kinda lame. I've also checked out ninja headbands in stores (like toysnjoys.com), but those are a little too pricy. Suggestions are highly appreciated. thanks!

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Unread 12-14-2003, 06:49 PM   #2
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Mine isn't metal, but it's fooled people into thinking it is ^_^

It's in my gallery if you wanna check it out. I used Silver Metallic Posterboard instead. It's kinda delicate, and the paint of the symbol could potentially scratch off, but if you are careful, and take good care of it then it should work just fine. A nice, cheap alternative.
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Unread 12-14-2003, 06:51 PM   #3
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Actually, foil would work if you keep it smooth enough. I remember one person made their sailor senshi tiaras out of sheet metal, but I know nothing about working with it. o.o There are some cheaper ones on ebay though, look around and you'll see 'em.
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Unread 12-14-2003, 07:02 PM   #4
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I just got it in a car plate (those with the XXX-number and the city its from) shop. Alluminium is very good to work with ^^
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Unread 12-14-2003, 07:05 PM   #5
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I made my own and have been making them for others as well.
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Unread 12-14-2003, 07:22 PM   #6
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I did the same thing Aer did with metallic posterboard and it worked pretty well. I had also purchased an official head protector, but the bandana part wasn't long enough to go around my head...I don't have a huge head or anything and it really dissapointed me since it was expensive. =_=;
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Unread 12-14-2003, 07:49 PM   #7
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I believe a lot of people use metal flashing or the auto aluminum made for repairs. It's thin and flexible. You can buy it in the auto section of hardware stores. Don't forget to use tinsnips to cut it. At the store I worked at, it came rolled up, about a meter square or something for like, 3 bucks.

A friend of mind made his that way, and many people were asking where he bought it or if he could make one for them. He used upholstry tacks with the pokey part cut off for the attachment points. Some people use rivets or cut small circles out of the same material and glue those on. Rivets and the like can also be found at a good hardware store.

To attach it to the headband, he just used hotglue. If you use rivets, you could attach it right to the fabric, I think.
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Unread 12-15-2003, 05:15 PM   #8
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wow, these are all really helpful ideas, guys! X3
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Unread 12-15-2003, 07:39 PM   #9
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I used aluminum flashing, you can buy then either in the rolls or in a package all ready cut in 10x10 squares, at Lowes hardware. I used a dremel to do the Hidden Leaf village symbol then use a paint pin to make it dark. Its not as shiny or clear shiny like the offical ones but worth it for less than 5 bucks, and I've made 3 of then for friends and will make 2 more, one for Itachi and one for Gaara.
I used epoxy to attach them on the fabric.

Has anyone noticed how some of the Japanese cosplayers make theirs really big!! its seems to me that the head band is huge!! @_@
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Unread 12-15-2003, 07:45 PM   #10
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at BAAF they were selling them in the dealers room for 50$
they're cast metal, i wear mine everywhere
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Unread 12-17-2003, 04:37 AM   #11
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You can use a material called " repujado" in Mexico, I dont know whats the name of this material in english, but is like an aluminium, a metal, its flexible and moldeable, tou can mark it too, I use this material when I need something like metal in my cosplays
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Unread 12-17-2003, 07:53 AM   #12
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They sell metal sheets in small section at local craft stores, you can easily cut it and make any kind of markings on it. It's used for metal crafts and is a bit better then flashing. I got some in gold (but they silver and copper) myself for another project and it comes in diffrent thickness.
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Unread 12-17-2003, 05:00 PM   #13
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I made mine with a shingle from Home Depot's roofing department. They sell 5x7 sheets and all you have to do is cut in half and glue it or whatever to cloth, and viola...
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Unread 12-24-2003, 03:12 PM   #14
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Yo I know a place where you can get naruto style headbands that are... I think metal... (Not sure) and sasuke's shirt, naruto's jacket, and the leaf village jounin or sensei vests... But the shipping is 1 week and the price is costy...
Here's the site...
http://toysnjoys.com/narutoapparel.html
Sounds wierd but it's satisfying (Note: If I made spelling mistakes it's because usually I'm kinda tired)
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Unread 12-24-2003, 03:35 PM   #15
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Oh... Whoops... I guess I kinda screwed up on the toysnjoys thingy... Sorry my bad...
But I also have a question... What kinda fabric is great with the headband and what stores do you guys recommend me??? (The stores for the fabric and the sheet metal or what-so-ever type of metal)
Oh yeah How do you make the leaf symbol perfectly?
The reason is... I can't draw right, straight, and correctly!!!!
Also how big is the metal supposed to be? Does it have to be about the size of my head???

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