Introduction: Steampunk Shoulder Armor
...needing a cool shoulder piece for this years costume it was my goal to recreate leather shoulder armor out of duck tape brand tape. I used the basket weave technique for this project, you could use dragon scales for a medieval look as well.
Step 1: Created Templates Out of Paper
after looking around the net awhile I finally decided on a style, so it was time to make the templates
Step 2: Transfer Templates to Cardboard (Pizza Box Lid)
transfered all the template to cardboard for thickness and structure for the tape to form too. Pay attention to the direction of the lines in the cardboard, best to run them up and down to make rolling the piece around your arm easier.
Step 3: Basket Weaving the Tape
simple basket weaving the tape. cut the straps just longer than your template, fold in half length wise to make fabric, ensure no white is showing. Continue this for up and down pieces and side to side pieces...repeat for every piece. used tape to secure tape on the back side
Step 4: Trim Piece to Match Template
just trace your template over the tape with a sharpie and cut off the extra. repeat for all pieces.
Step 5: Edge Tape
used tape to secure the edging as not to allow the piece to flap, dresses up the edge for a finished look. repeat for all pieces
Step 6: Final Assembly
I used tape to attatch the first 3 pieces together as a hinge. this will act as one solid piece when tapped together. the bottom 2 pieces were tapped together as to allow movement of the bicep muscle independently. the last two pictures show the back/inside of the pieces and how they are just taped together. pay attention to the way they lay on each other and position...now off to the goodwill for some leather belts to make the harness.
Step 7: Goodwill Belts and a Little Velcro
spent a buck on 2 belts from the goodwill, had to cut slots in the second plate to pass the belt thru, buckled on chest and back....FIN