Monday, October 27, 2014

A Handmade Goddess, Part 1: The Shield

Hey, I am finally, for the first time ever, ahead of the Halloween costume curve!  Ella's costume is DONE!  I'll reveal the completed ensemble in a few days, but for now I wanted to show you how we made the various parts.  To begin: a shield.

Campaign yard sign and a plastic serving tray from the Dollar-Tree-I-Love-That-Place.  If you do not have a campaign yard sign, you can use cardboard or foam core board.  Choose something sturdy that will not warp if it gets wet.

Draw around the tray with a marker.  

Measure as far out as you want for a margin.

Cut.  Be neat, but not anal.

Make straps out of sturdy tape.  We are a Theatrical-America family, so I used gaff tape which we always have in bulk.  Slide the ends of the straps thru slits from the back.

Ends thru slits.  :)

Tape slits down securely.

Glue the tray to the cut out.  NOT on the straps - on the side with the ends taped down.

Spray with primer.

Spray with gold glittery paint.  LOTS.  We're talking about a goddess here.  There is no such thing as too much.

Draw some designs on with puff paint.


Behold!  A shield to fend off gorgons or what have  you.

Tomorrow:  The Helmet of Damocles™.

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