Introduction: Make a Super-heroine Shield

Hi everyone !

This is my first insctructable and first big tutorial in english so please be fair with me ^^

The shield you see is just an exemple , you can make every shield you want. you can customize them as you want !

For this build you will need some stuff : A cutter - whipsaw - loctite brand glue - Eva foam sheet ( 1 cm thickness 5 mm and 3 mm )

Step 1: First Step : Drawing Your Pattern

I'm using illustrator, you can change the size of your drawing without loosing resolution or details.

Here are some exemple.

Once you think your pattern is good you have to print it at echel 1.

scotch tape your sheet together to get your pattern complete.

Step 2: Make the Shape of the Shield

Take a sheet of EVA foam ( actually foam use to protect the floor ) and cut a circle at the chosen size.

to bend the foam, cut of a litle part from the midle of circle to the edge and glue it.

Then you can start cutting the differents part following your pattern. and glue them on the shield.

You can use pin to fixe the foam details on the shield this will make the glue step very easy ( don't have taken pic for that ) sorry

For my shield, i used little stars to add more details.

Step 3: The Paint Job

First you have to apply 3 layer of wood glue the glue will work as light resin, the glue will correct the little imperfection and will add a smooth effect on the shield.

Then add 2 layers of primer

1 layer of black paint and then you can start the real paint job

I let you made your own

Step 4: Want to Fix It on the Wall

Just make a litle hook glue it on the back and it's done ^^

I used SINTRA pvc, cut it with the whipsaw

Step 5: You Can Also Make Real Shield Sangle System

using leather / screw and glue

Step 6: And the Final Product

i hope you will find the essentials informations to make these shield.

enjoy it and forgive me for my english

Comments

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CorruptedReality (author)2016-08-21

I totally am going to do this for halloween this year! Just a quick question: in step 3 after applying wood glue and primer do you have to do the layer of black paint?Could you do a different color instead or will that mess something up? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I don't do a ton of projects involving spray paint..

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i use black paint for ease of use. i explain : when you do the paint job it's possible that you miss some parts. if your layer is white or i don't know maybe green xD. the part that you missed will be very showy. if it's black it will be mingled with the rest of the paint job.

you can also hide some black parts with tape and create some contrast.

I've tried a white layer one time and that was a real disaster ! sometimes the parts i've have to paint are so little i just make a black layer and a quick dry brush and it's done. much easier than to paint all the little part with a pencil and tape .

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PatKarrow (author)2016-07-29

Dang this is amazing. I'm going to use this instructable to make a Captain America Shield. I'll show you when I'm finished :)

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briciius (author)PatKarrow2016-07-30

Yeah !! The first one with 3 stars ? Or the new one with circles red and blue ? Because i ve made the first one one week ago and i can send you pics if you want it.

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PatKarrow (author)briciius2016-07-30

the one with circles red and blue. I am hoping to also make the original one from WWII. That would be greatly appreciated, reference pictures will help a lot!

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briciius (author)PatKarrow2016-07-30

i've just updated the instructable with new pics on the last step. as you can see i've customize the shield ( as always ) with some relief. you can also use a woodburning tool to trace the circles on the foam, something like what nemo13 did in the coms.

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PatKarrow (author)briciius2016-07-30

Okay awesome thanks. That will help a lot!

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whiteXshadow (author)2016-05-08

how did you join the shields from the center after applying glue to it ?

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briciius (author)whiteXshadow2016-07-30

Sorry to be late ( euphemism ;) ) once you have applied the glue put the shield flat on your work surface and then using your both hand join the shield starting from the center to the edge.

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Jedi_zombie85 (author)2015-12-31

Very cool, Ive not attempted a shild yet just a few ironman projects, how stirdy did you find the shield once completed?

Ive found with the ironman suits ive made from the same materials Ive had to add layers of the wood glue on both outside and inside of the armor to stop the other side that has not been coated from getting out of shape. is the shield the same or did it not need the extra support?

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briciius (author)Jedi_zombie852016-03-29

it depend. the shield is "decorative" you don't have to make 100 layers of pva glue to harden it.

i can throw it, the paint will not take damage as the shield ;)

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Jedi_zombie85 (author)briciius2016-04-01

thats good to know, even tho i spent ages on the ironman helmet and costume for cosplay purposes I found that the arms mostly needed extra support think from all the movement, i suppose the shield is different but still epic and goinf to give it a go, thanks

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steve.verhil (author)2014-10-19

What kind of foam did you use for the raised details on the shield? The outer ring and center logo? What kind of paint do you recommend or use? These look awesome! Great job!

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briciius (author)steve.verhil2014-10-19

All the shield is made with EVA foam. You can find 4 or 5 differents thicknesses : 10 mm ( for the base of the shield ) 5 3 and 2 mm ( use for the details ). I also use 5 mm and 3 mm PVC round profiles to add more details.

For the last shield ( with the eagle ) i used SINTRA PVC for the "frieze" i can add pics if you want ;)

One more tips : you can use Screw head if you don"t have stars to personnalise your shield.

For the paint i use metal spray paint ( first i pulverize paint on a painting palette and then i use a brush to apply the paint on the shield i don't use directly the spray on the shield ).

And to protect the paint you have to use an elastic varnish like transparent plastidip

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KathrynR11 (author)briciius2016-03-29

Hi! I'm looking through your tutorial on these shields and I'm definitely wanting to make one! My classroom next year is going to be "superhero themed," so these are kind of perfect for the walls! I've tried to make my shopping list of the materials and want to get the supplies tomorrow. I just wanted to ask a couple of quick questions regarding your help from this response. Did you buy your SINTRA PVC from a craft store or online? Was the thickness 5mm, 3mm, or 2mm? Where did you find the little 3D stars (or did you make them)? And finally, when painting, you mention pulverizing the paint on a palette. Do you mean you sprayed directly on the palette and used that to paint with a brush? I've just never heard that term before, so I wanted to make sure my understanding was correct. Thank you so much for your help!

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briciius (author)KathrynR112016-03-29

Hi :)

In france the sintra is PVC is hard to find in store so i've buyed it online.

i've used 3mm thickness, if you take 5mm it will be more difficult to cut it with a cutter. the 3D stars comes from a christmas garland ^^, you can make simples stars using eva foam ( the 3D effect is good but not indispensable )

And finally for the paint, when i say a palette i talked about this :

http://www.hainautnorddefrance.com/fichs/11458.jpg. in the tutorial i use spray paint but you can easily use acrylics paint ( really better for classroom if you your students make one ). i used a brush both.

i give you the link of my facebook album :

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.26347910...

there are more photos, i think that can help you too

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KathrynR11 (author)briciius2016-03-30

Awesome! Thank you so much! My students won't be making them; I actually plan on just having it as decoration in the walls somewhere to go with the "hero" theme of my classroom. But I have either paint, so I'll figure out what works best! I appreciate your help; thank you!!

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gabigirl80 (author)2015-09-29

This is beautifully done! Do you happen to know what the dimensions are for the shield? I am making a Captain America shield for my 5 year old and want to make sure that it will fit him.

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this.

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CheerySquish (author)2015-08-31

That's so big!! I assumed it would be a child size shield but you made those things like you were gearing up to fight? you might be..but you should totally try cosplay sometime ⭐

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historygeek96 made it! (author)2015-08-27

Pretty happy with the way it turned out, thank you for the tutorial!

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propchap (author)2015-05-17

This is so cool!

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thesuperninja2 (author)2015-05-13

Awesome!

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nemo13 made it! (author)2015-04-29

Yeah :-)

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Vanfandam made it! (author)2015-02-09

Great designs! I found your instructions very easy to follow. Some things I didn't have so I improvised a little but I think it still turned out pretty good for a first attempt. What do you think? Either way it was lots of fun making, thanks heaps!!! :)

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briciius (author)Vanfandam2015-02-10

Waouh !! it's a strange sensation to see for the first time someone making one of my build. I'm proud of me and mainly proud of you !! The paint job is well done and looks great. If you got the budget, i advise you to buy a rotative tool ( like dremel ) to sand the edge of your foam. Anyway congrats for your shield !!! you give me back the will to make others shields.

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Himers (author)2014-11-17

Nice job!!!

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shazni (author)2014-11-16

looks great!

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Porda (author)2014-11-15

Great looking shield!

Have you ever tried this technique with a non-circular shield? Like say the Hylian Shield?

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briciius (author)Porda2014-11-16

Hi : I have not try to make non circular shield yet but the shape look easy to make.

Eva Foam is a high density foam, you can make angular pieces very easily. Once the foam is cut you apply 3 layers of PVA glue then 1 layer of resina and then you can use Bondo to make perfect angle.

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The Rambler (author)2014-11-11

Awesome! Voted for, favorited, and added to Fantastic Costumes collection. These look so cool.

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flemwriter (author)2014-10-16

Totally awesome! Going to make it for my son.

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briciius (author)flemwriter2014-10-16

Share it with me when it's done ;)

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lmm44 (author)2014-10-16

infinite potential, clear instructions, exceptional paint technique, thanks

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briciius (author)lmm442014-10-16

they are not as clear as i want but they look understandable ^^

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Eldalote (author)2014-10-14

That's awesome :)

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briciius (author)Eldalote2014-10-15

Thanks a lot ;)

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emilyvanleemput (author)2014-10-14

They turned out great!

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briciius (author)emilyvanleemput2014-10-15

Every time i make one he is better than the other and finally when i look the first shiekd i've made i find it ugly lol

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NathanSellers (author)2014-10-14

Awesome job! Thanks for a great idea and instructable.

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briciius (author)NathanSellers2014-10-15

I have a lot to say about foam and the shield but i'm limited by my english skill :(

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NamedJohnny (author)2014-10-14

great idea with the foam, thanks a lot

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briciius (author)NamedJohnny2014-10-15

You're welcome ;)

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KookyKreations (author)2014-10-14

They look great! And I like the idea that they are made of foam - easy to carry for a long night at a party. Your layers of paint really do a good job of making the shield look used.

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briciius (author)KookyKreations2014-10-15

The finished shield is under 1 kilo so yes it's easy to carry. The only thing is foam and paint can be easily damaged if we are not meticulous

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doodlecraft (author)2014-10-14

So AWESOME!!!

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briciius (author)doodlecraft2014-10-15

Thank you

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hankasorrusrex (author)2014-10-14

These are cool, you should take a look at plasti dipped shields very similar, very cool.

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briciius (author)hankasorrusrex2014-10-15

I have already try plasti-dip paint, the surface must be very smooth to use it. I think Plati-dip can be usefull to protect the shield using transparent paint ;)

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