Step 11: Making the Shoulder Armor (Spaulders Pt 1)

Spaulders /Epolettes/ Shoulder pads what-ever you want to call them.

I made mine by cutting several long straight narrow pieces of steel, and then fanning them over the shoulder and then affixing them to my chest pieces. These pieces used a surprisingly large amount of steel, but where relatively simple to make.

Basically I made 6 strips of steel each 5" wide ( after rounding the edged). and 33" long ( the length of the steel sheet I was using). Thinner strips make a smoother curve, but are more work and will generally use a lot more steel (waste and overlap). Thicker strips will be less work, but wont give a really round look. Like always, play with bristol board to find a width and height that you like before working in steel

I cut the sheet of steel into strips, and then folded over the edges. For all but the top most piece only 1 edge will be visible, so if you're lazy, you only need to make 1 edge of each piece look nice. The top piece however will have both sides exposed and should have both edges finished.

I wanted my shoulders to be able to collapse when I raised my arm to maintain as much mobility as possible. So I attached them using a flexible material (thick canvas), a strong strap or ribbon will work as well. Something like a seat belt or nylon backpack strap, just make sure that it doesn't stretch and wont fray too much.

Go back and read the step, this will apply to you as well. Except for the part of the added cost/ weight of steel.
<p>Did you make the sword? If so, can you post pictures of the sword and the materials you used?. It looks so realistic! If not, where did you buy it?</p>
Great job
couldent you just us normal tin snips in stead of all those right snips and left snips ?
The snips are designed to leave a clean edge on the work piece when used in the correct direction. You don't need to use the correct ones, but they usually come in sets of 3 when you buy them. If you just find a pair lying around, just make sure you file the edges down after cutting them.
Lol u look like The First from Dragon Age Origins Awakening
awesome costume :)<br />
Great instructables so far, but I would've like some more pictures on this step, especially about the tough part about hammering. Really enjoying it, though.<br />
QDD...?<br />
It was supposed to be a version of Quick and Dirty Design, for people who just wanted something that looked like armor.&nbsp; I&nbsp;kinda gave up on it for some pieces because there wasn't really an easy way to do them.&nbsp; I&nbsp;re-wrote this instructable about 10 times, so there's some stuff that's a little out of continuity.<br />
Knight Riders kicks butt! Great movie and all SCAdian fighters should see it.
dude, that turned out pretty sweet.
Oh yea, and Knight Riders is awesome. hehe jousting on motorcycles.
lmfao a jousting tournament on a motorcycle?
I'm gunna have to study this carefully I wanna try and build the The Overlords Armor
I tried my best to include all the information, but I had to skip a few minor details. If I described every little step this ible would have been twice as long, and probably never gotten posted. If there's anything you don't understand or are having problems with, feel free to PM me, and I'll try to help you out. I'll try to get a picture of what it looks like when I'm wearing it too.

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Bio: I make costumes for fun! Even though my username is deathcapt, I'm not a wierdo or anything,it's just something that stuck.
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