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This is something that might be considered halfway between Dara and my specialties. I make armor. Dara makes crafts. 

This is a cheap way to use crafts to make faux-metal pieces. I have used these methods to make armor that looks like real, decorated armor pieces, but is amazingly cheap and can be made at home with bare instruments for halloween, theater, or cosplay.

Things you'll need:
Craft foam
Knife/scissors, iron, hole-punch, paint brush
Paint, glitter, beads, other decorative items.

Jewelry is the main focus of this Instructable, but you can use the knowledge for crafting lightweight armor as well. 

Step 1: Create the Design

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Some thick paper would work best for this step. You can also find designs for this online or at craft stores.

Heck, if you're pretty good at tracing or free-hand drawing, you can create your own. Celtic knot designs work well for most jewelry or medallions. Dara likes to make 2 patterns, a blank cutting pattern for the bigger pieces and a clear marking or drawing pattern for jewelry she has to do multiple times. This works especially well for multiples.