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I have to make a shield to go with my 300 Halloween costume, but I'm not sure what to make it out of. I need a quick, easy and cheap way to make a shield that looks like the one in this picture:
http://www.mwart.com/images/p/_Spartan_Shield_Licensed_Replica_ON8162_7050.jpg

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-10-26

I've made one already...I cut a circle out of thin plywood, and made the lambda out of cardboard. Then I riveted polyester straps on the back to put my arm through...reinforced them with gorilla glue. Cover the front with bondo, sand it down, and spray paint gold. I was planning on making the instructable for it after Halloween, but if you'd like, I could try and make it earlier.

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omnikin (author)Weissensteinburg2007-10-26

That would be awesome. I might take your plywood idea, just without the Bondo. I could only get my hands on one pint, and I'm using it on the helmet.

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Weissensteinburg (author)omnikin2007-10-26

I would suggest you do use the bondo..it adds a realistic feel to the shield, and it's easy to do on the flat it's a lot easier to use on/sand the shield. (You also won't see the wood's grain)

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omnikin (author)Weissensteinburg2007-10-26

But would one pint work for both the helmet and the shield?

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omnikin (author)omnikin2007-10-26

I might also be using it for the arm bracers...

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Weissensteinburg (author)omnikin2007-10-26

Where are you buying it from? At home depot, they only had one gallon.

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omnikin (author)Weissensteinburg2007-10-27

Advance Auto Parts. Geez, that must have cost you a fortune! At Advance, it's ten bucks for one pint and 20 bucks for two. That's all the sizes they had there.

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Yay! So you did plywood afterall. I'm totally stalking you right now because I haven't talked to you in a while and was curious about what you did. :P

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I will in a little bit! I have to finish the Google map for this exercise thing I'm working on. Blargh.

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I got on, but you were away, so now I am going to sleep. :P

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Juklop (author)2007-10-26

I've heard of people using like, one of those circular sleds that you get from like, Wal-Mart or whatever.

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Goodhart (author)2007-10-26

First, I would suggest staying away from brass or copper, they are heavy :-) Ok, seriously, you could use a "saucer" sled as a form / templet; now, for a lightweight material to use....maybe paper mache if kept thin enough. That would take any kind of spray paint you might want to use to give the brass color to it.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2007-10-26

On second thought, depending on your height, that might end up a wee bit on the big side..... hmm

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