Introduction: Rubberized Armor for Joan of Arc
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)
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.