Rubberized Armor for Joan of Arc





Introduction: Rubberized Armor for Joan of Arc

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This is a suit of armor made entirely out of cardboard and bicycle tubes, styled after the style of armor that Joan of Arc would have worn.


used bicycle tubes (free at any bike shop)
hot glue/gun
screws of varying lengths
acorn cap fittings

The entire base is constructed from cardboard that is cut and hot-glued into shape. Each individual piece was then covered in multiple coats of brown paper dipped in wallpaper paste, creating a thin, lightweight but very sturdy form of paper mache.

Every piece was then gesso-ed to remove any corrugation lines, then spray painted matte black.

After the individual pieces were primed I applied the bicycle tubes in varying combinations to create varying effects, such as weaving, stretching, piping, and other cuttings and manipulations. The tubes were adhered to the frame using rubber cement.

Finally, each piece was connected together using an awl, screws and acorn cap fittings to create a more intense armored feel.

This armor took about fifty hours of intense work to execute.



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    I thought Joan of arc wore white armor

    how many tubes do you think you used? a rough approximation would be great

    This is freaking awesome!

    I am missing something... I can't seem to find the detailed instructions in this instructable... where are the pictures of the steps to build it?  The drawings, etc?

    I see pictures of a finished product... but an instrcutable is supposed to instruct on HOW to do it.

    Please consider an edit of your work to include some details in your instrctable.

    Thanks, Jerry

    sarcasm is not appreciated.

    Okay, no sarcasm...

    People tune into Instructables to learn how to make, build, and do. You have a wonderful item... but basically no details on how you did it. It's like taking a picture of a great Thanksgiving dinner and not sharing the recipe with the exception of saying to "get a turkey and cook it."

    Seriously... I would like to see how you achieved some of the textures and designs you have in the piece. How you got the materials to work together, how to start on a project like this with respect to getting the basic shape, etc.

    If you edit the piece and include those details... it would be an incredible instructable. You talk about creating a papier-mâché, but not how you got the rubber to properly bond without pealing off. Having worked in latex sheeting before, I would like to know more details. (As I'm sure others would as well.)

    I asked above, because I have seen other contributors write one instructable with a basic "how-to", and a second one with very detailed steps... I thought you might have done the same... and forgotten to add the reference.


    you're obviously niether creative or observant. Just looking at what she's made gives me all kinds of ideas and plans. People also tune into Instructables for creative ideas to build upon, not to duplicate.

    Generally, a Photo Instructable is used for times when the maker didn't take as many "Process" pictures as would be required for a full Step-By-Step instructable.  At least, that's when I do a photo instructable.  

    Most of the time, specific questions are encouraged for such a photo instructable.  For example, I'm quite curious to know what "Gesso" is, and what an acorn cap is.

    Gesso is a primer for oil and acrylic paintings. An acorn cap seems to be the top part of oaks seed. So it make's me suppose that it means that the parts of the costume are partly overlayed. I hope this helps.