When I first saw Captain America: Winter Soldier shortly after it premiered in theaters, I was in awe. It was easily the best Marvel movie I had ever seen. He had always been my favorite superhero, with his adventurous story, his good character, his quick thinking, and of course, his amazing shield.

Having known of Instructables for years now, I've seen the amazing tutorials you all have made. So for a while now I have been brainstorming to create something better than I have ever made before, something... super. That's when it hit me: The Shield. I've heard about and even talked to many people who would love to own a legitimate replica of the famous shield. But there is also a certain satisfaction that comes from building something yourself. So I went to work, and after months of sketching, measuring, planning and building, this Instructable is ready to be shared. I have designed the handles in a way that while still acting as handles, may be pulled from the back of the shield to convert them into shoulder straps, so you may wear the shield on your back.

So for those reading, thank you! I hope you enjoy. And to those of you who decide to make your own shield, I hope you have a super time!

Let's get started!

Step 1: Materials, Tools and Expenses

While Cap's shield is as beautiful as a new penny, for me (probably because I'm a teenager) it also cost a pretty penny to make. Your journey will likely take a lot of searching for specific parts, and also a lot of waiting for them to be delivered in the mail. I know I did myself. That being said, here is everything that you should need and how much it cost me:


- MH Saucer Sled ($32)
- Rust-oleum metalic paint in colors: Cobalt Blue, Silver, and Apple Red ($23-$25)
- Rust-oleum paint primer ($7)
- Two 44" tan leather belts ($20)
- Four 1.5" D-rings ($7)
- At least ten 3/4" neodymium disk magnets ($10)
- Superglue ($3-$15)
- General purpose repair putty ($5)
- About 5' of 1.25" x 1/16" weldable steel ($12)
- Eight 1/4" cable tie clamps ($8)
- Eight 1 1/2" rectangle rings ($9)
- Tiny furniture nails ($2)
- Small self-drilling screws ($3)
- Eight relatively small nuts and bolts ($1.50)


- Drill
- Small drill bits
- Dremel
- Cutting wheel dremel bit
- Small abrasive engraving Dremel bit
- 800 and 150 grit sandpapers
- Painters tape
- Sharp cutting blade
- Palm sander
- Tape measure

Side note: Yes, the sled is made of plastic. However this is not your ordinary plastic, it is as smooth as metal, and much more light and durable. When finished, it will look and feel like metal as well.

<p>Wow! I found a shield on Ebay that is amazing!!! </p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/181889121865?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/181889121865?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&amp;ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT</a></p>
<p>Hey, in a previous build I used a steel saucer sled. After sanding the original paint off and priming, I sprayed the Rustolium silver, after letting it dry for 2 days it dusted off when I dragged my fingers across it. Have you had this problem, or any advice on how to avoid it?</p>
<p>Wow! That guy's really amazing. I loved your shield by the way.</p><p>Found another high quality metal construction version of the Captain America Shield here.</p><p>http://www.swordskingdom.com/captian-america-shield.html</p>
Very cool. Great detailing on your shield! I want to make mine the blue version from his stealth suit at the beginning of TWS =)
when i look on amazon the price is 111$
<p>Perhaps the price has changed, I'm not quite sure. If you wait long enough the price is likely to return to normal, Amazon prices tend to fluctuate and can be tracked by various Amazon-price-tracking websites. Good luck!</p>
What if instead of the straps, I can just glue big magnets on the shield and two big magnets on my long gloves?
what should i do???
Oh and dude I meant to ask, when you make the sections/lines how do you get them so straight and perfect? I haven't been able to keep mine straight
I appreciate the encouragement. I'm just saying that it won't be too far off from the look anyone would want for their shield? I don't want it to look crappy or...off
I noticed what I have isn't what you have. Does it matter? Or do I have to use what you did?
You can use different types of paint! It's your shield, and that's what makes it unique. If it has a slightly different look or feel, that's great! I'm sure it'll look amazing.
What's up bro awesome instructable! I am currently about 70% done with my build following your instructable, but I had a question about cutting the steel. Did you use a standard dremel with a metal cutting blade to cut it? I picked up a dremel saw max metal cutting blade pack from Lowes but was worried it might no work with a standard dremel. Here's a few pics of me and the wip shield!
Where can we get that MH sacuar shield
<p>Try looking around online, you should be able to find them all over (maybe not so often during summertime?)</p>
<p>Well, sort of. I couldn't find a saucer since they are out of season and ridiculously expensive on eBay. So I made a cardboard shield design from Dali Lomo combined with a simpler variant of your back end of the shield. I used nylon webbing instead of leather because it's cardboard! But the spirit is there.</p>
<p>That looks oober sweet! REALLY nice job with that! Props.</p>
<p>Fantastic build! I was wondering where you got the steel. I can't seem to find anything like what you described.</p>
<p>At my local hardware store, it was just a long strip of steel. I'd check out your local stores if you have any!</p>
This is by far the best tutorial I have found for a CATWS shield after searching for a long time... Great job, very well presented and professional ?? So I think I have a few ideas for some changes to suit me, but I am definitely going to be using this tutorial and making a shield soon! Luckily my dad is good at finding things on sale or at lower prices, so i can hopefully make it without going broke ?. <br><br>Also, The Winter Soldier is probably my favorite Marvel film ever... Currently more so than AOU. Just wanted to add that side note?
<p>Sounds great! I'd say it's worth looking around a bit to find parts for as cheap as possible. A penny saved is a penny earned!</p>
<p>Maybe someone can help answer if they know... Tons of comments, (understandable, amazing job) so you may have answered this.... But I found the saucer in plastic and metal, would the steps be the same overall if I used the metal saucer instead?</p>
<p>Hey KevanS28! The process would be similar for all except the engraving. As far as creating the slight rings on the front of the shield, I imagine it would be more difficult than with plastic. But if you have the expertise, metal definitely has it's advantages.</p>
<p>Hi, this is such a great tutorial! I'm in the midst of making the shield right now for use in a Peggy Carter costume (replicating this scene: (http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/wogo7hrgbxmclpmtfeuo.jpg)</p><p>My question is about the back straps. Did you measure yourself to figure out how long they would need to be in order to cut the metal pieces? I'm thinking I may need to modify them a bit for comfort thanks to having a different build by virtue of my gender. Any tips for how you figured out the length you needed to make them? Thanks in advance! </p>
<p>Thanks for your comment! To attempt and answer your question, I'll give you a few details about my mindset while working on the straps.</p><p>1. I am not a very muscular guy. I had pretty much bet that with the amount of leather I'd be using, it'd be enough to fit my back. Well, although it did fit on my back, it didn't allow room for a lot of growth. I would attribute this to the concave nature of the shield, which unfortunately cancels out the lengthiness of the straps.</p><p>2. While building the shield I was less focused on how well it would fit me, and more on movie accuracy. The result happened to luckily fit me based on my smaller design, but I am not confident it would comfortably fit larger or differently developed figures. Not being a lady, I am unsure how much you would need to modify the straps - however I am confident it can be successfully done. </p><p>Conclusion: Two ways to fix this come to mind: Either 1. add extra leather, and try to fit it inside the shield, or 2. develop the longer, middle part of each strap to be adjustable. Maybe with velcro if you're only using it as a prop? I would go with the latter.</p><p>I hope your shoot goes well, it sounds like a lot of fun! I should really get into that show... I've heard good things about it.</p>
<p>Thanks, that's really helpful! I'm leaning right now towards getting a pair of suspenders I can wear under the costume and attach a ton of magnets to, then placing corresponding magnets on the shield. You're exactly right, since it doesn't matter what the backside looks like, I can load it up with strategically placed magnets - some for the handholds and some (hopefully) strong enough to hold it to my back. Might take a bit of trial and error but I'll figure it out.</p><p>Thanks again, I'll post pics of the finished product when I get there! </p>
<p>Great minds think alike! I had considered doing something very similar in order to attach via magnets, that's technically what Cap's shield does these days. I look forward to seeing your progress!</p>
Really great shield! I want to use your handle style, but I'm not clear on how you attach the ties onto the metal strips. Can you elaborate on that?
<p>You can attach the cable ties to the steel pieces by pre-drilling holes in the steel where you would like them to be, then secure the cable ties on top of the holes by drilling a screw through the ties and into the steel. If I still haven't explained well enough, PM me and I can try and go into depth.</p>
I just got my list together, i plan to buy all the stuff on the next few weeks, i will post soon my results!
<p>Looking forward to it!</p>
<p>I could only find a purple or orange sled. Would this work just as well, if you are still painting it silver?</p>
<p>Definitely will still work. Either one really, whatever is cheapest/you feel would work best.</p>
Not captain america, but I used your tutorial. very simple to follow, just had a little trouble getting the handles to hold on.
<p>That looks super sweet! Nice job with that paint!</p>
I wondering if I can pay you to make me one, are you interested?
<p>I get this request a lot, and I have both a long and short answer as to why I am not able to mass produce. The short answer is that this project took me an enormous amount of time, and between my studies and traveling I have no free time to build more. I appreciate your feedback, perhaps I will one day when my life calms down a bit. :)</p>
<p>I am planning on following your path once my sled arrives. Great job and great tutorial. Already piecing together my Cap costume as well as making a WWII Ultimates version. </p>
<p>Hi, I want to make a similar shield for a different costume (not Captain America). Can you explain how the straps work? I just want the bare minimum that will make the shield functional so I can wear it on my arm and back; I don't need it to look nice or similar to the movie prop. Thank you for the tutorial and your help!</p>
<p>My recommendation would be determined by how heavy your shield is. Assuming your shield is light ( ie plastic, aluminum), I would craft the handles, secure them to the shield as you please, and then put magnets on the back of the handles AND the shield. The idea here is that when the handles fall flat, it adheres to the shield thanks to the magnets. Hope this helps!</p>
So, how exactly do you actually wear it on your back?
<p>The leather belt bulls away from the shield and acts like backpack straps. :)</p>
<p>THANK YOU!!!</p>
<p>this qeustion is stupid but how did you get the perfect circles and can we also use rust oleum universal and different types and what happens if you dont use all the items which you used because i am just 12 years old.</p>
<p>No problem buddy. To answer your first question, the perfect circles were accomplished by a somewhat lengthy process I go through in the Instructable. If you would like to send me a private message I can try to go into details.</p><p>To answer your second question, I am not sure what reactions another type of spray paint would have on the shield However as long as it says it works on plastic you should be fine.</p><p>To answer your last question, you definitely don't have to use all of the parts I used. This Instructable is for all audiences, whether you want to follow it exactly or try and improve it. Hope this helps, good luck! :)</p>
<p>Let me join in on complementing you the Captain America shield. I have yet to find a more perfect guide for creating one. Bravo.</p><p>As I start my construction of 2, I must start off with this question...</p><p>If there any reason why I shouldn't do the inside of the shield first. I wanted to demonstrate to my friends that this isn't really a snow sled ;-) but simply a shield template/blank ;-) What better way than to do up the inside first and display the shield blank unpainted.</p><p>I welcome any additional input and insight you might have.</p>
<p>Thank you very much for your kind comment!</p><p>One of the main reasons I started with front of the shield was because as I was developing how my quick-release leather handles on the back would be designed, I worked on detailing the front. Now that I have the handles thought up, I might have started with the back first.</p><p>Another reason is because through the advanced and touchy painting process it just happened to be easier for me.</p><p>I understand these aren't great reasons, but you should ultimately be able to pull it off either way. Please do share pictures of your shields! I love to see other peoples versions. :)</p>
<p>is it okay if i make a magnetic harness so i can just put it on my back with out pulling the belts and all because i want to quickly remove the shield from my back and put it on my back easily by the way it looks really nice</p>
<p>For sure! It would definitely be easier to build the shield if you have no intention of wearing it on your arm at all. However if you wish to both wear it on your back and your arm, I would recommend sticking to the instructable. :)</p>

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