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Make: Props and Costume Armor

Book Description

Have you been trying to think of a way to conquer your local comic convention through cosplay? Do you gaze with envious eyes upon the fan-made suits of armored awesomeness strolling around every year on Halloween? Do you have a spot on your wall, bookshelf, or desk that desperately needs to be filled with a screen-accurate replica of your favorite science-fiction or fantasy weapon? If so, look no further. We've got just the book for you!

In this book by master prop maker Shawn Thorsson, you'll learn:

  • Simple, low-cost methods to make foam armor out of easy-to-find foam mats
  • How to use the popular Pepakura software to build 3D models with paper
  • Multiple molding and casting techniques
  • How to build a "vacuforming" machine to make armor from plastic sheet stock
  • Painting and weathering techniques that will bring your props to life

    And much more!
  • Table of Contents

    1. PART I: <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Prototypes and One-Offs</span>
      1. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 1:</span> Building with Sheets and Tubes Building with Sheets and Tubes
        1. Starting Off Simple
        2. Battle Axe for the Wolf Warrior
        3. Hunter’s Rifle
      2. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 2:</span> Working with Pepakura Working with Pepakura
        1. Pepakura Boot Camp
        2. Putting Pepakura to Work
        3. Making It Hard
        4. Making It Smooth
        5. Detailing
      3. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 3:</span> EVA Foam EVA Foam
        1. Sourcing: Where to Get Foam
        2. The Basics: Making Foam Obey Your Every Whim
        3. Patterning
        4. Final Detailing
        5. Prepping for Paint
        6. Paint!
      4. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 4:</span> 3D Printing and CNC Carving 3D Printing and CNC Carving
    2. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">PART II:</span> Molding and Casting Molding and Casting
      1. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 5:</span> Mold-Making Basics Mold-Making Basics
        1. The Simplest Molds Ever
        2. Mold-Making Material
        3. Mold-Making Terminology
      2. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 6:</span> One-Piece Molds One-Piece Molds
        1. Easy Version: A Part with a Flat Backside
        2. Slightly Harder Version: A Piece with Details on All Sides
      3. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 7:</span> Multi-Piece Molds Multi-Piece Molds
        1. Starting Simple: A Two-Part Mold with a Mold Box
        2. Not So Simple: A Three-Piece Silicone Rubber Jacket Mold with a Mother Mold
        3. A Few Tips and Tricks for Better Castings
      4. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 8:</span> Molds for Rotocasting Molds for Rotocasting
        1. Prepare the Prototype
        2. Prepare the Work Space
        3. Building Up the Rubber Jacket
        4. Building the Mother Mold
        5. Rotocasting
        6. Trimming and Prepping the Cast Part for Painting
    3. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">PART III:</span> Vacuum Forming Vacuum Forming
      1. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 9:</span> Vacforming Basics Vacforming Basics
        1. Terminology
        2. Designing the Forming Bucks
        3. Building the Forming Bucks
        4. Choosing Plastics for Vacforming
        5. The Simplest Possible Vacforming Setup
      2. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 10:</span> Build Your Own Vacuum Forming Machine Build Your Own Vacuum Forming Machine
        1. Begin by Building the Clamping Frame
        2. Heat Sources
        3. Common Configurations
        4. Building the Platen
        5. Vacuum Sources
        6. Putting It to Work
    4. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">PART IV:</span> Painting and Weathering Painting and Weathering
      1. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 11:</span> Basecoats and Masking Basecoats and Masking
        1. More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Paint
        2. Basecoats: Building a Believable Finish Starts with a Solid Foundation
        3. Masking and Stenciling
      2. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 12:</span> Faux Finishes Faux Finishes
        1. Metal
        2. Leather
        3. Wood Grain
        4. Carbon Fiber
      3. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 13:</span> Weathering Weathering
        1. Additive Weathering
        2. Subtractive Weathering
        3. Mud
        4. Rust
        5. The Path to Patina
        6. Scorches and Burn Marks
        7. Burnt Metal
        8. Blood Spatter
    5. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">PART V:</span> Bringing It All Together Bringing It All Together
      1. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 14:</span> Strapping and Padding Strapping and Padding
        1. Padding
        2. Armor Attachment Options
        3. Strapping Materials
        4. Buckles and Related Hardware
        5. How to Attach Straps to Stuff
        6. Design Considerations for Strapping Your Armor Together
        7. The Tricky Bits
        8. Odds and Ends: A Few More Strapping Tips
      2. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Chapter 15:</span> Showing Off Showing Off
        1. Handlers
        2. Field Repair Kit
        3. Posing for Photos
        4. Planned Photoshoots
    6. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Appendix A:</span> Further Reading and Useful Websites Further Reading and Useful Websites
    7. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Appendix B:</span> Hunter Hunter