This project was inspired by Fantasy books and videogames, in particular The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Note: I would really appreciate any votes for the "Game.Life 4"contest if you think my project deserves them :)
-LARPING (depending on the rules)
-Protection in the event of a zombie apocalypse
-Prop for a movie or play
Step 1: Locate a Proper Location for Working
Step 2: Make Sure You Have Access to Some Tools
Strong, sharp scissors or shears
Marker or chalk
Hammer-tacker (or a heavy stapler)
Staple remover- if you're experience is anything like mine, you'll be using this tool a lot!
A band saw or jigsaw (or other kind)- to cut out your circular shield base.
Optional- (for crafting metal components)
Large Ironworker (It's a big machine with a blade for shearing through thick metal.)
Heavy short-handled hammer (for shaping heated metal)
Drill with metal boring bits
Another option to attach the leather on the shield is by sewing. You'll probably have to purchase very heavy thread and a specialized sewing needle which may be pricey or hard to find. However, this might give the shield a more interesting and rustic/barbaric look.
Grinder- (to polish the metal bits if you choose to do so) You can use soft, usually blue Velcro pads for the best polish. I would recommend starting with a more abrasive wheel and moving to softer ones to get the best polish with minimal scratching.
Step 3: Gather Materials
The list is as follows:
-Some source of leather- I used old welding jackets and an apron.
-A piece of wood- I used an old 2 inch thick cabinet shelf. I would recommend a thick, sturdy, solid piece of wood instead of OSB or sheet wood.
-A few pieces of chain link- for the adjustable arm strap
-A large circular object about the size you want your shield to be- I used a medium sized trash can lid.
Roofing nails- to attach parts and cover up ugly staples
Angle iron- (metal in a L shape) cut into pieces- to cover up the staples on the shield's front and give it a cool look.
Sheet metal- to cut emblems or make plating.
Step 4: Begin Construction
Note: Use lots of staples. You can always remove any that you don't really need later, and the more you use, the stronger your connections will be.
Step 5: Cut Leather Components
Cut the leather out with scissors. Set it aside. Now place another piece of leather on the table and repeat the process.
Attach the leather front of the shield onto the wooden base by pulling the tabs over to and stapling them. Repeat the same process with the back piece, but pull the tabs over to the front. In the picture, the tabs are covered by angle iron. This should give you a basic idea of their placement and spacing. ( And put the leather on the back obviously, but I shouldn't have to say that )
Trim around the tabs on the front after they have been stapled. ( I recommend double stapling each one of the tabs, both on the front and back )
Step 6: The Metal Components
Step 7: Making the Handle and Adjustable Straps
Now for the adjustable strap. You'll need two chain links for this part. (To remove two links from a chain use a plasma cutter to cut a small space out of each link you wish to remove so that other links can slide out of it.) Cut a fairly long strip of leather about... yep, you guessed it! 1 1/2 inches wide. Place the two links stacked on top of one another and then placed about 2 or so inches from the end of one side of the leather strip. Now fold the leather through the two links and staple it to itself. This should look reminiscent of a buckle-less belt. Now nail the strap onto the shield, making sure to leave it big enough for a forearm. To tighten the strap just thread the other end of the of the strap own through one link, up through the other and pull tight.