I did the chest buckle for my friend’s teen son Assassin’s Creed 1 costume.
Here how I proceeded :
You will need for the chest buckle :
– A metal ruler – Scissors – A Utility knife – A Thick cardboard (3mm or 1/8”) – A cutting mat – A Pen – Something round like a penny – A hole puncher – Metal wire – Plyers – Contractor glue – Glue gun – spray glue – Aluminum foil – Q-tips – 3 metal ring (2cm or 3/4″) – Black paint – A paint brush – A rag or paper towel
° First I draw a triangle with rounds corners (using a button or a penny to do so).
Triangle has 7,75 cm (about 3″ ) sides.
° Then outlined the triangle on the thick cardboard
° Cut 2 times CAREFULLY with the utility knife on the cutting mat with the metal ruler for the sides
° I punched 3 holes at the 3 corners of ONE cardboard triangle with the hole puncher
° With the pliers I folded the metal wire so a loop would stick out of each of the 3 holes
° Try to level the wire on the same plan at the back of the triangle
° Fold the 2 ends of the metal wire inwards
° Put contractor glue inside the triangle were all the wires ends, leaving the loops outside and unglued
° Put the other triangle (without holes) on top of the glue
° Insert the rings into each loops with the helps of long-nose pliers
° Put a weight on top of it and let it dry over night
° Draw the sign of the chest buckle
° Follow the drawing with a hot glue gun to give it a raised design
° Cut a piece of foil slightly bigger than the triangle
° Spray glue OUTSIDE on the dullest side of the foil
° Put the foil sprayed surface towards triangle
° Push every bit of the surface to reveal the raised design made with the hot glue, do it with the Q-tips for the little details.
° Cut all around the triangle leaving just enough to fold it underneath the triangle
° Paint all the surface black
° Folding the paper towel to create a smooth surface, dab the surface just to wipe the paint off the raised part of the design.
° To finish we put vinyl belts through the rings and with a punch we hold in place the belts with decorative nails.
How-to-do the vambraces in part III …