Introduction: Cheap DIY Captain Hammer Gloves
Hello! I'm back again (after almost two years) with a new instructable!
Basically, I am going to MetroCon next weekend, and in order to complete my genderbent Captain Hammer costume (from Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) I needed a pair of gloves. Being the broke college student that I am, I don't have the money to buy really nice motorcycle gloves or TIG welding gloves (which I couldn't find anyways) nor did I have the time to order a cheap look-alike pair from the internet because I procrastinated.
That being said, if you are going for absolute perfection, this isn't for you because these are something just to get me by for now!
Here was my solution: Buy a cheap pair of gloves and get creative.
This project costs less than 10 dollars, and most of the stuff (being the random crafty I am) I had laying around my house (or in the many boxes that take up a majority of my closet)
Step 1: Cheap Materials!
Here's a list of the things you will need:
-A pair of black rubber gloves (Long and straight, really cheap, but durable. You could probably find something better, but this was all I had to work with given the circumstances.)
-A needle and thread
-Thick (but pliable) wire (I used aluminum)
-Pliars (to shape the wire with)
-Durable fabric (I used some left over leather material from my failed long-fall boots)
I got the gloves at Home Depot for about $3 and the wire at Michaels for about the same.
Step 2: Making the Cuff
Unfortunately, even though I planned on making an Instuctable for this particular project, I accidentally finished both gloves before I realized I hadn't taken pictures. SO. Some of the pictures are demonstrated through the use of other materials.
The first thing I had to do was make the "cuff" on captain hammer's gloves. In order to do this I had to bunch the fabric of the glove up so that it resembled a cuff. I used the fabric to show exactly what I did. When I was satisfied with how the folded fabric looked, I sewed around it. I included a picture from the inside of the glove to better illustrate.
Once you have your makeshift cuff made, it's time to move to the next step!
Step 3: The Buckle: Step 1
*If you already have small buckles to sew on, you can skip to step 2222222, since I had to make the buckle myself.*
Captain Hammer's gloves have a buckle on the outside, but unfortunately the ones I had on hand were way too large, so I had to improvise.
The type of buckle I decided to make (since it's simple) is called a D-ring closure buckle.
I had some thick alluminum wire hanging around and was able to bend a couple of small squares (or as close to square as I could get them.)
Step 4: The Buckle: Step 2
All you have to do once you have your square pieces together is to loop a small strip of fabric through (one that fits nicely through the wire) and sew it or staple the loop closed.
Step 5: The Buckle: Step 3
Next you just sew the end of the fabric to the back of the glove as far to the side as you can get it without wrapping it around the front. I also sewed the buckled end down to the glove as well, just to keep it from flapping around too much.
Step 6: The Buckle: Step 4
The last thing you have to do is sew another length of fabric to the opposite side so that you can buckle it shut.
In case you don't quite know how D-ring buckles work, I added a few step
by step pictures of how to do that. Also, here's a helpful video if the pictures didn't quite do it for you.
(You can skip to 0:40.)
Step 7: Now, Time to Enjoy!
I know that the gloves aren't ideal, but for this particular cosplay I feel they will work. It was affordable, fast, and I think they're going to last me quite a long time (or until I have the money/time to buy/make a better pair)! Besides, it's all about the fun!
I'll see if I can post a con picture later with the complete costume!