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A year ago I decided that I wanted to make the ultimate Halloween costume, so I decided to make an IRON MAN costume. I had no idea at the time how involved fabricating the suit would be. It was a challenge, but a lot of fun. If you are thinking about making a costume like this, you need to plan on spending 6 months to a year in order to achieve the desired results. Have fun with the whole process, you will learn a lot and have fun making a unique costume. 
Materials I used:

1. Foam EVA, Sheets from Sears
2. Hot glue gun, gluesticks
3. X-acto knife, replacement blades
4. Card Stock for patterns
5. L.E.D. pre wired lights from Radioshack
6. Two 9-volt batteries and battery clips
7. Old pair of shoes, and gloves
8. Foamies from Joann Fabrics for the hands and neck parts
9. Jewelry casting plastic bracelet mold form hobby lobby, and plastic resin
10. Copper wire for Arc reactor
11. Old water faucet head
12. Modge Podge
13. Plasti Dip
14. Red and gold spray paint
15. Velcro
16. Iron Man free downloadable costume patterns, Google pepakura files Iron Man
17. Permanent Markers

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I started with the Arc Reactor, I used a jewelry mold and plastic resin from Joann Fabrics for the body of the device, then I drilled holes and inserted pre-wired l.e.d.'s into it. I wrapped the ring in black foam and copper wire, used an old mason jar lid to hold it, and then attached a cardboard backing and glued an old faucet head in the center. I added large industrial staples for effect. I wired the lights to a 9 volt battery clip for power.
ElsaK5 days ago

AND how do you size it?

ElsaK6 days ago

ALSO do you need the IM support files?

ElsaK6 days ago

HEY! Okay I really like the way you did your cosplay, but I have a few concerns for when I make it.

In the pepakura files things like the biceps are both left, there isn't a right bicep. there are other ones but I only remember biceps. are you supposed to flip the design?

does printing from pepakura come with valley folds and mountain folds so i can actually make this?

How did you make the suit so you could take it on and off?


kdewitt1 month ago

Yes, please provide a link or the actual files. I've searched the internet and can find no valid links to any ironman pepakura files.

I would like to build a scaled down suit for my son for Halloween.


armin 72 months ago
How much did it cost?
joetime (author)  clonestranger1 year ago
about $300
A1IT3R joetime6 months ago

try using card and paper... its so much cheaper and looks just as good when it has car body filler over it... i payed around £80 for mine

blondkid10 months ago
How many sheets did you use
blondkid10 months ago
How thick are the foam sheets that you used
So how do you put it on? Do you just slip each piece on or do they break in half and reattach around your limb or what?
joetime (author)  DanielHolland1 year ago
I slip each piece on individually. There's about 12 or so pieces.
If I give you all of my measurements and such could I pay you to make me one??
joetime (author)  icekingschesthair1 year ago
If you would like to start a conversation about that, please email me at empire_1985@hotmail.com

Who's helmet file did you use? Your blueprints look alot different than what I have, alot cleaner actually. I've had issues with mine and have been looking for a smoother template. I can look up the pdo afterwards if you remember the the file name

joetime (author)  beastmodecuban1 year ago
I can't remember, I found it on therpf.com
itri451 year ago

Very Very Impressive. I'm hoping to start a MK42 version soon. The only thing I have a question about is did you prime with Modge Podge, then PlastiDip and then Paint. Or is it just one or the other?

it looks so easy and awesome
jjoseph101 year ago
Can you please post the exact pep files you used for the foam build? It would help out a lot for others trying to follow your steps!
sokiboi781 year ago
Nice job.!!.GO IRON MAN!!
check out mine what u think? made out of card boards and tape lol Vote if you like ;-)
jharley1 year ago
Hey Joe,

I gotta say very very awesome job. Really love the eyes and the helmet. Everything actually. I noticed you don't have the hand plasma lasers..Any reason you left those out?

Thanks so much for sharing this. Amazing job!
joetime (author)  jharley1 year ago
The reason I left those out was due to time...just didn't have enough to make the palm lights, but I will probably add those in the near future.
How did you make the angled cuts so nice (for example, when two pieces come together at 90-ish degrees)?
joetime (author)  softblubber1 year ago
When I was making the angled cuts at 90 degrees I used a bevelled x-acto knife ($4 at wal-mart). It makes 45 degree cuts, and I would cut both edges at 45 degrees so when they were joined together, I would have a clean 90 degree edge .
BigStoddy1 year ago
Nice work. I wonder if a clear coat over your final paint would let you wax and shine it.
joetime (author)  BigStoddy1 year ago
Good Point, I'll consider doing that. Thanks
mommyhen421 year ago
Awesome!! But how do you see out of it?
joetime (author)  mommyhen421 year ago
Check out Step 4!
rsucgang1 year ago
Fantastic! I'm thinking of doing the same thing for Halloween next year. Thanks for the inspiration and the instructabl. Well done!
sircorvus1 year ago
Wow, really great!
how much time did it took for it and yeah I voted for it
joetime (author)  Andrew Garfield1 year ago
I took my time with the costume, it was a fun hobby. I probably put in 4-5 hours per week for about 9 months. Whenever I had the time to work on it I took advantage.
boras1 year ago
Nice work but I still dont get it why to waste time on foam when u can do it hard way with better effect ( paper +fiberglass)
joetime (author)  boras1 year ago
I've never worked with fiberglass before, so cutting out foam and gluing it seemed a lot easier.
boras joetime1 year ago
Yea i can agree with that foam is much easier. but paper would give you better more detailed results. Myself i made a helmet out of paper+ fiberglass still need to put a bondo filler on it but having to much work not allowing me to do what i enjoy :/ anyway like i said :) well done :)
HrdWodFlor1 year ago
Very nice! You did a great job on this!
joetime (author)  HrdWodFlor1 year ago