I first had the idea of making Samurai armor as a Halloween costume but if I was going to put alot of effort into making one I didn't want it to be a Halloween only event. So I thought to myself, " Why not put it on display to enjoy all the time." The whole process of making the armor has been alot of fun and was a great creative thinking excercise. You'll see what I mean when I get to the materials portion of this Instructable.
What I've done so far has taken me about 16 hours. I say, "so far" because you really can put as much detail as you want into your project and the more detail the better. I intend to add more items to the Samurai in the future.
This is what I used and had on hand.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Needle and Thread
- Miter Saw or Table Saw
- Drill with 1/32 Drill bit
- Duct Tape
- Spray paint ( I used 2 to 3 cans of Black)
- Tape Measure
You really are only inhibited by your imagination and what you can find at a thrift store( '*' indicates thrift store purchase).
Here is what I found and used.
- Construction helmet or Hard Hat *
- Faux Wood Blind Slats (left-over from hanging blinds in my house)
- A Woman's Purse*
- Sheet of Fabric (8'x4') *
- Shoelaces (about 3 pair)
- A few articles of clothing:
- Button-up collared shirt
- Long-sleeved Shirt
- A Mask (I bought this online)
- Lacrosse Gloves *
- Shin Pads*
- Some wood to build a frame for the display
- Football Neoprene Armguards
I recycled a few things and used tools I already had on hand so this made the project with everything you see here cost around $55 and the biggest part was the mask ($30). I bought about $14 of material from a thrift store, enough red shoelaces ($6) and spray paint ($5).