Building a Medieval Gauntlet!

I've been getting a few comments along the lines of "this isn't real armor" so...


Using Environmentally friendly Stuff!. So that you can save the environment by dressing up like pre-industrial revolution people!!!

Or more realistically, building an awesome costume piece.
I'm building a medieval Knight's costume for Halloween this year, and I've found instructables for quite a few pieces, but I have not found any for armored gauntlets. A short warning, I tend to be a little long winded in my instructions. While it might cause some people to "too long; didn't read", I'm just writing out all the tips and tricks I've come across while building this project. If you guys have any suggestions, please message me!

Notice, this instructable is NOT DIFFICULT. It requires little or no previous skills, besides reading I guess...although I doubt that you've gotten this far without that skill. I is however TIME CONSUMING. It'll take an entire week-end or about 20 -30 hours depending on how detailed / careful you are.

There are several ways to build a gauntlet, but this way is a really simple way, that doesn't require too much hardware, and is relatively cheap, any decent gauntlet will cost over $400.
micromuffin Pointed out that think geek has some decent ones for $60USD.

This Instructables is also environmentally friendly because it doesn't require the use of power tools!!! Although they help with certain parts :).

Step 1: Required Materials

-Some sort of sheet metal-
I used galvanized steel ducting, for a greener alternative you can use tin cans. Pop cans will work, but they're a little thin, and might tear if you're rough with your gloves. The sheet metal can be salvaged from many places, if you contact a ducting company, you may be able to pickup some scraps. I bought a sheet of ducting for $5 @ homedepot. You can really use any sheet material that can bend. You could use bristol board to practice, but It would be a waste of rivets to attach bristol board. If you want to use bristol board, swap out the rivets with staples, or hot glue.

-Rivets - I used pop-rivets or tube rivets, they're available @ any hardware store for relatively cheap, they're more expensive than nails, but won't cost more than $10 for this projects worth. I used 1/8 sized aluminum rivets, but you can go larger if you prefer that look. I bought 500 rivets for $30, I estimate that this project will use about 100 - 200 rivets depending on your design. Rivets are pretty cool, and once you've got some lying around, you'll probably find some uses for them. They basically a cheap easy and much safer alternative to welding. In this case they look cool, and happen to fit the task very effectively.

FYI The smallest commonly available rivet is 3/32, but the smallest washer that you'll find is 1/8. It's very rare to find a 3/32 washer. Fore this reason I recommend a 1/8 rivet with 1/8 washer unless you know a specialty shop / website that sells smaller rivet / washer combos. Also, aluminum rivets are much cheaper than stainless steel. like 1/3 the price.

-Pair of work gloves - I used basic gardening gloves for my test run, and then did the final run on fire pace gloves because they're longer and I think they looked nicer. If you can get your hands on any pair of old gloves, they should work so long and they're thick and don't stretch. Any material that can stretch will not work. I repeat do not use a glove that can stretch.

-Tin snips for cutting the ducting sheet. If you're using something else, you'll need something that can cut it. Like a laser engraver/cutter for example.

They come in sets of 3 usually for like $15 -$20 , one for cutting straight, one for left, and one for right.
"But I can cut straight, left AND right with regular scissors!?!?!"
Tin snips are designed to produce a safe edge when cutting with them. You'll notice right away that it's easier to make right turns with the right cutters, cut straight with the straight etc. I recommend using them the way they were meant to be used. Cutting straight lines with the left or right snips will produce jagged razor sharp edges where the straight cutter will make a relatively safe edge.

-Hand riveter.
-work gloves ( for safety when handling the metal, even though you're probably fine without them )
- File (to smooth the edges) ( green), Bench grinder / rotary tool ( Non-eco friendly)
- A metal punch matching your rivets (green) / Drill with a drill bit to match your rivets ( non-eco friendly)
-block of wood, to use as a backing for punches/drills
-Imagination, and creativity (This is optional, but recommended when trying to make your gauntlets unique)

<p>sweet instructable!! i'm gonna be making gauntlets like these using shrinky dinks for my 10 year old. just have to work out sizes now. thanx for the info!!</p>
<p>It's pretty obvious that a heat resistance really work for gaunlet work. I recently tried without one and it was disaster. Having some kind of fibre which can gives increased protection from cuts, slash, tear and certain puncture, a heat resistance long sleeve ( http://goo.gl/F72wCr ) and Comfortable and protective, the seamless knitted liner avoids skin irritation and is elasticated for extra protection can be a good choice for me. </p>
This is my instructable, so what you see there is 18ga galvanized steel. They're pretty durable, its been almost over 6 years and they're still undamaged. I usually only bust them out around Halloween. My wife and I do a haunted house. They're part of my death knight costume and it's terrifying.
<p>could you use steel or something other than tin to build a more &quot;sturdy&quot; gauntlet? i mean i like the looks but I'd also like the potential of being able to use them for more serious cases... hope to never have to use it for that, but you never know :P.</p>
A lot of the techniques won't work with thicker steel. I used 18ga galvanized steel. If you wanted to use 16ga steel, you wouldn't be able to use pop rivets, and i don't think the leather would be strong enough to hold the extra weight. These are pretty tough, they'd definitely give you a huge advantage in a fist fight, but they aren't going to save you from a sword.
<p>haha, ok thats cool. btw did the 18ga galvanized steel work for you, and how much harder was it for you to make it out of that instead of tin?</p>
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It looks like you riveted the metal to the gloves, is that how you attached the metal to the gloves?
<p>Try reading the instructable. It could save you from looking like a moron.</p>
Yes, there's a washer inside the glove and it's riveted through the washer.
<p>thanks for posting. this is very awesome and came right on time for me. also i was gonna bring this to a gang fight until i read the disclaimer. phew! that was a close one...</p>
<p>check my gauntlet collections http://fantasy-sword.tk/usa/2014/09/gauntlet/</p>
<p>check my gauntlet collections http://fantasy-sword.tk/usa/2014/09/gauntlet/</p>
<p>Nice gauntlet :D</p><p>I'm bust trying to design my own one too, but I'm a bit lazy :P</p><p>I took a short cut xD </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yyROtRtz648" width="500"></iframe></p><p>You got a sub :D</p>
Can you make a list on the materials? Thank you very much.
You should try to make the armor from Ratchet:deadlocked, that'd be so cool
Just a question: What's the caliber of the metal sheet? I mean thickness size
I used 20ga steel, but you could go up to 18 or 16 if you want something tougher.
The measure i know for #20 is 0.91 mm (0.035 inches). Is this right or just too thick?
yeah, i have everything around my uncle's garage for that, aluminum sheet metal, we race dirt cars so we have lots of scrap and rivets, power tools, etc. for working the metal, i'll post some pics when i get done, just starting on it, thank you for showing me how, very helpful, actually just got done with a MJOLNIR Mk VI armor build, so now time for a medieval armor too, when i find a how to for the rest L:
i like this design. even though im trying to cast mine, this gives me a few ideas. thnx! o and take a small metal file and run it against the edges and u should get rid of majority of death trap edges in about 1 min. depending on how hard you grind it.
Thanks to you, the infinity gauntlet may become reality.
Me and my father are doing a Gauntlet project this weekend. It's going to be sweet! We're basing some of the parts of your design and then we're going to do our own style from there.
hey guys, im new to the costume making world, and im in the process of making a really unique rogue outfit, i did a test gauntlet with some fabric, a zipper. a glove and paper claws lol, but the thing is im like extremely broke. and ill be working on my cloak in the morning (aka my dragon cloak). also i tryed taking ideas from dragon age 2 but that isnt working out so great since there isnt much detail to be seen because of the game having a low brightness effect, but other then that ive been searching around on the web and cant find any gauntlet claws for the fingers and im not talented enough to sit and try my hand at bending and all that to make claws even though they look amazing when done. but if anyone has some ideas i could really use the inspiration, because i still have to do the chest portion and the legs.
Well, the claws were really easy, I didn't really shape them, just the pieces I showed in the instructable that was curved and wrapped around the fingers. <br><br>In terms of inspiration, for a rogue costume. I think something like a single dark colored shirt would work under your cloak. If you do a fancy belt (like Assasin's Creed), and maybe some kind of sash you could get away with a simple shirt. In DnD Rogues used a lot of Leather armor, so just a brown shirt would be fine. If you have a sewing machine, you could sew the padding lines into it.<br><br>http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&amp;safe=off&amp;biw=1600&amp;bih=1010&amp;q=brown+padded+leather+armor&amp;gs_sm=e&amp;gs_upl=466l3856l0l4100l26l18l0l7l7l0l215l1570l1.8.2l11l0&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;tbm=isch&amp;source=og&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wi<br><br>Chain mail is a huge investment of time and effort. Same with Full Plate armor. It's easier when you're not on a tight budget because you can just buy what-ever looks right. Instead of having to scrape things together.<br><br>Second hand stores like Salvation Army / Value village etc are great to find a base layer to work with.
thanks man, and your completely right, on a tight budget is a understatement these days hahahaha, but yea ill make sure to check out those places, i might even look in goodwill, but i looked into other games and whatnot that have rogues and some of them are wearing the white long shirts with the flared out cuffs on the wrists, how would that work if i were to put on gloves with vambraces or the gauntlets lol, cuz i dont wanna look like an idiot with a white dangly piece of fabric hanging out lol
I'm going to be honest. These are not exactly &quot;rogue&quot; style gauntlets. Realistically these are pure fantasy. They're built to looks scary. They are awkward, and clumsy to say the least. I can barely close my hand with them, let alone pick anything up. If we're thinking DnD rogues, like stealth / agility characters, they'd probably skip gloves all together. If they did, they would have half gloves, as to maintain finger dexterity, for picking locks, climbing and such rogue things. It's funny cause rogues are always depicted as have hoods and stuff, but I mean besides monks who else goes into public in robes? <br>reminds me of this guy..<br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20QBe43tyVM
i made one out of paper once
hey could i redo this in carbon fiber if i wanted to
These look awesome if you sprayed them matte black and added dark red symbols and trim it would look exactly like the Daedric Armor from Morrowind the third elder scrolls game.<br />
Or Dr. Claw...
slightly. Daedric gauntlets have a more solid look, and the upper wrist guards are just essentially a metal sleeve. Very good observation though. kudos to you from a huge Morrowind nerd.
It should be noted that this piece will be costume grade ONLY. Please, please, PLEASE do not use pop cans thinking that they will protect you from a 1/2" thick rattan strike. SCA grade combat armour must be a minimum of 16g galvanized/mild steel for vitals, and 14g galvanized/mild steel for any part of the head. If you apply this to any form or sport fighting, you may be seriously injured or even killed. That said, nicely done. With a bit more exploration, you could be on your way to a full harness. There are many sites you can check out for an introductory into the art of armour production, if you aren't already there.
i agree with you there, these would have to be modified a lot to keep my hands safe while i use my greatsword, however, if you use weapon and shield and have metal basket hilts on both, you might be able to use those gauntlets safely
Updated intro w/ a warning about the ineffectiveness of this as actual protection. It'd still totally give you an edge in a fist fight though.
&quot;Give you an edge&quot; &lt;---- un-noticed pun alert :D
Thought finger segments where riveted together not to the glove? This looks like it is more flexible.
in real gaultlets, yes, you'd need the segments to curve right round the sides of your fingers and overlap at the knuckle joints, rivet them on each side in line with the knuckles but keep them lose enough to move.
use wire loops soldered together to join together a strip of plates, then rivet it onto the finger with rivets at each end of the strip but not in the middle.
Yeah, I cheated, and rivets the plate to the gloves. But it wasn't just out of laziness, the pop rivets are not meant to be left loose. They are tight and don't allow rotation, so it wouldn't work with them. I'm not sure how they compare in terms of flexibility, but this way leave a lot more room for error. Bolting the plates together can have full mobility, but it requires you to be dead on in the placement of the plates and rivets.
damnitt, I had this exact same idea a few weeks ago! meh, whatev, you did this really well though, hmm, maybe I should try to make some samus armor? yea, yeah! that's what I'll do! so, anyone think I should do this? if so comment back!
ok samus is a chick, so that's cool. Samus is very complicated by the way. If you make these let me know.
well i was stewing it over last night and i decided that i am not going to make it to fit me (mostly because to make it acurate i would need it to model it off of a chicks body, and i dont know any girls well enough to say "hey, you figure you could come over to my house so i could take some measurements") instead im considering making a small version, like a foot or two tall
If you want to make a table top or full scale samus, try looking for pepakura. It's a program that takes a 3d model and turns it into a paper folding template. Cover it with resin and your good to go. That's how I made my master fief costume
first of all, Master fief? lol, jk jk, but yea, I downloaded the program, and I found a site with all manner of downloads, unfortunately they charge for the download, and I don't know if I have the mad skills required to make it...
pepakura is pretty simple, it just takes some concentration and a crapload of resins and spray adhesive.
cool this will help for this ultimate evil sith lord costume im working on.

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