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08 Sep 2013 - 13:40106952
Help! Need to attatch armour to fabric!
Hello I am currently working on a Hit Girl costume from Kick-Ass 2 and need to be able to attach the armour pieces of her costume (shoulder, elbow and knee pads) to the fabric. I can see from the photograph that these are attached straight onto the fabric but have no idea about this myself. I am building the pads out of craft foam which will the be covered in paper mâché and painted. I had thought about using a glue gun but if any one has any better ideas I'd be very willing to hear them. Thank you!!
http://www.movieweb.com/movie/kick-ass-2/PGABUUP6SEr3EF/4ok5K6FCmAmYbcb



Last edited by SaffronJay (08 Sep 2013 - 13:41)
08 Sep 2013 - 13:57106953
If you want it to be removable for wash or whatever you could always put velcro on the shoulders and inside the shoulder pieces?


08 Sep 2013 - 14:19106955
The knee pads (and probably the elbow pads) look like the kind that just poke through holes in the fabric, akin to some military or work trousers. You could make them a bit larger than they need to be with a lip where you can velcro them to the inside of the trouser. Just be sure to stitch your velcro to the leather - hot glue never seems to work on leather or leatherette.


08 Sep 2013 - 15:00106957
Thank you both I had completely overlooked Velcro and will probably end up using that as I seems a much better idea. Thank you!!!!!!


16 Oct 2013 - 21:10108202
UPDATE: I Troyes Velcro and it hasn't worked very well. I think I am going to have to try a glue gun or sewing it on. Anyone have my better ideas? :/


16 Oct 2013 - 21:44108204
I am currently making a Batsuit for the upcoming comic con and what I did was used screws to actually attach my armor to my leather. Go to your local hardware store and pick up (I'm not exactly sure of what the specific name of them is, but they are used to put a machine screw inside of say a piece of plywood.) They are a circular base with three prongs that poke thru the wood, or in this case your armor pieces, from the outside. You would then put a thin coating over them to cover them up, I actually installed mine under my fiberglass armor. Then I used metal grommets in the actually leather where I wanted the pieces and put the screws thru the grommets so as to not hurt the leather.


16 Oct 2013 - 21:52108205
Quote Superboy1122:
I am currently making a Batsuit for the upcoming comic con and what I did was used screws to actually attach my armor to my leather. Go to your local hardware store and pick up (I'm not exactly sure of what the specific name of them is, but they are used to put a machine screw inside of say a piece of plywood.) They are a circular base with three prongs that poke thru the wood, or in this case your armor pieces, from the outside. You would then put a thin coating over them to cover them up, I actually installed mine under my fiberglass armor. Then I used metal grommets in the actually leather where I wanted the pieces and put the screws thru the grommets so as to not hurt the leather.


Thanks a lot! I will have a look into it as it certainly sounds securing but I have used vinly instead of leather and I don't know if it'll be strong to hold it :s


17 Oct 2013 - 01:50108213
Thanks a lot! I will have a look into it as it certainly sounds securing but I have used vinly instead of leather and I don't know if it'll be strong to hold it :s


Won't be a problem at all. I said "leather", but my suit is actually a combo of vinyl and pleather. So you will be just fine. Just remember, don't be skimpy with putting them on. The more you use the better! They are only about $3.85 for a pack of 80. And the more you use around the outer edges the more it will look like your armor is molded to the suit. It also helps if you put something stiff on the outer perimeter of the armor (meaning the same outer shape of your armor piece but only say 1/4 inch wide so it's basically an outline of the piece) on the underneath/inside of you suit. When you put your screws through this it will hold the suit flush to it from the inside thus giving the illusion that your armor and suit are actually one piece

17 Oct 2013 - 10:36108216
Quote Chibinoodle:
UPDATE: I Troyes Velcro and it hasn't worked very well. I think I am going to have to try a glue gun or sewing it on. Anyone have my better ideas? :/


Hot glue is good for temporary repairs, but terrible for anything load-bearing. If you want something sturdier and flexible, try Copydex (or other latex-based adhesive)


17 Oct 2013 - 16:14108224
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote Chibinoodle:
UPDATE: I Troyes Velcro and it hasn't worked very well. I think I am going to have to try a glue gun or sewing it on. Anyone have my better ideas? :/


Hot glue is good for temporary repairs, but terrible for anything load-bearing. If you want something sturdier and flexible, try Copydex (or other latex-based adhesive)


Sounds like a good alternative, do you think it will be strong enough? Have you used it before?


17 Oct 2013 - 18:32108229
Quote Chibinoodle:
Sounds like a good alternative, do you think it will be strong enough? Have you used it before?


Depends on how much weight it has to carry. It keeps my leatherette hat band snugly glued to the fabric and craft foam of my top hat. But I needed to secure my boot-straps with needle and thread.

If the materials are both porous it works a lot better. You might need to rough-up smooth surfaces with sandpaper or a crosshatch it with a blade


17 Oct 2013 - 20:14108232
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote Chibinoodle:
Sounds like a good alternative, do you think it will be strong enough? Have you used it before?


Depends on how much weight it has to carry. It keeps my leatherette hat band snugly glued to the fabric and craft foam of my top hat. But I needed to secure my boot-straps with needle and thread.

If the materials are both porous it works a lot better. You might need to rough-up smooth surfaces with sandpaper or a crosshatch it with a blade


The pieces arnt heavy, just foam and paper mâché. Honestly I think that the safest thing to do is to glue and stitch it as I really don't want them falling off at the con Dx



Last edited by SaffronJay (17 Oct 2013 - 20:15)
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