26 (edited by Ursula Monday, February 20, 2006 3:03 pm)

Re: Being a real-life Fett

Miba wrote:

I would love to do something like that, with the costuming and acting stuff. But I'm too lazy, I think, and I don't have a lot of money. I've had brown cloth laying around waiting to be sewn into a tunic for over a year now. I think it's somewhere in a corner on the floor. So I doubt I'd be able to make myself make anything like that, though I do intend to make some Mandalorian Armor sometime. I was curious how people made armor and lightsabers and stuff, cause it seems a lot of people do it, but you can't just walk down to Wal-Mart and pick up an Armor Making Kit. So you bang metal and stuff? That'd be fun! My house is also very, very small so I wouldn't have room for it. The biggest costuming achievment I've made was making moccasin type boots for my mom for Christmas, without a pattarn or anything. I would love to learn more about sewing/costuming type stuff, but I don't know where to go, I don't know if the community college would have something like that or if there's anyone around here who would know. And I seriously doubt my small town would have any cool costuming group. There were two Sith in line for ROTS who had pretty cool costumes but I have no idea what their names are much less if they bought their costumes off the internet or made them. But I've always been interested in costuming.

The Jedi Costumes actually have very simple lines and are good projects to start learning on: there are a few actual patterns out there, but a tunic is great because all you need to know is how to draw the letter T.  No lie.  The simple T tunic is a great project.  I learned to sew from my grandmother and then taught a few friends, but mostly picked patterns and learned as I went.  You don't even need a machine:  there's stuff called stitch witchery, it's this glue that is in a paper form, and when you iron it between fabric it chemically alters and bonds with the fabric, joining the pieces together.  You can get tons of the stuff for a few bucks at jo-anne's fabrics.  They also have the Jedi Costume patters, but wait until they do the 99 cents pattern days.  I'm cheap so that's when I buy them. You can cut and tape a pattern down, or, outline it in chalk on your fabric so you can use it again and again (vs. using pins).  A T tunic at it's barest sews only the sides. You fold and cut in the shape of a T.

Run a web search on costuming, T tunics, and the SCA.  All the different kingdoms and shires and such posthresources out there on how to make any number of things, including the  T Tunic, which would be perfect for your fabric.  You can also email me backchannel, I can dig out some old instructions and send them your way.  I may even have spare Jedi-esque haloween patterns I can send you:  I used to pick them up just to read the directions to see how they were constructed, (because I'm a detail freak), with no real intent to make them. Sort of like reading a modeling magazine.

Also, check your local college:  check and see if you have an SCA group or a Sci Fi or Star Wars group there, or even an animae club.  They all do costuming, and you can usually find someone who does it who'll teach you. When you're into sewing, you like to pass along your addiction to others.  Many of the local SCA events have classes where they teach the techniques.  I learned how to make 14th century cloth buttons at one, from a guy who looked like Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings.

The metal stuff is hard.  We learned from a guy we met who wanted to build a war band. We worked with him , and then when the war came, in exchange for the teaching, we fought in his war band as mercenaries in a deal he brokered with the king at that time. Yes, it sounds insane, but that's kind of how the SCA works. 

A lot of fantasy and sci fi armor is either vacuformed, or sculpted from polymer resins.  That takes an artistic hand, one I don't have, but I'm always impressed.  Those guys who posted on the old board had great costumes, and would be worth contacting to see how they made thiers.  Also, the guys who participate in the 501st are high and tight, and I bet they know TONS about costuming.

Send me an email, and I'll send you what I have.

UrsulaofDravargr@aol.com

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

Vacuforming is incredibly easy...assuming you have a mold. Other then that, its as simple as heating some ABS on a rack in your oven, putting it on  a specialized table (which you can make our of scrap wood), and flipping the switch on a vaccuum. I'm planning to buy a bunch of clay and plaster, and asking a local 501st member to make molds of his armor.

Another way, again assuming you have the mold, would be fiberglass. This is a method almost anyone can do without even reading instructions on how to do it! Its that easy! Just go to a local hardware store and ask for fiberglass mat and resin+hardening solution.

Though, most household ones wont do. You need something more powerful...personally, I use a 6hp wet/dry vac.

But ya, like said above, check out the 501st. Go to http://www.501st.com/members/dsp_garrisons.cfm

Find the garrison closest to your location, and visit their website. Sign-up on the forums, and just...well, do whatever. Ask questions...

The best question to ask would be "When will you guys be having your next armor party?"

Then ask them if you may come along to see what its all about. Once in a while members will hold armor parties, where they basically hang out and help each other work on various aspects of their costumes.

These guys are really nice, and always willing to help.

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

Danny, thanks for the links and the info on the armor.
You make it sound so easy (vacuforming).  Knowing me, I'd wind up sucking my 17 lb cat into the form somehow wink

The armor parties sound like fun!

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29 (edited by Miba Tuesday, February 21, 2006 9:12 pm)

Re: Being a real-life Fett

smile Thanks, both of you!! I'll deffinately look into those!

Edit: I forgot to say it in the email, and I didn't want to send another one just for a one-liner, so I'll say it here: Thanks for the tunic and other links you sent me. smile

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

I'll tell you what, guys...I'll talk to Aaron about letting me write up an entire explanatory process on vaccuforming, and other aspects of Star Wars costuming.

Though Im yet to join the 501st myself (you need a complete costume...I only have several partially completed ones), I have spent an extensive amount of time researching and working on armor. Unforunately the only things I know as far as cloth or other sewn items, are on Royal Guard robes.

But I swear...with some pictures and a step-by-step explaination, you'll soon realize how easy (in theory) it is. Its mostly a matter of money.

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That would be cool! smile I'd like an article like that.

I went to the 501st site and found that the nearest garrison is the Alpine Garrison which covers Montana, Utah, and Idaho. I'm still looking around the site right now, but so far it looks great!

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

That would be sweet!  I've always wondered how it's done.

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

that would be preety awesome

What if he doesn't survive?He's worth alot to me

Re: Being a real-life Fett

ARC Fett wrote:

http://www.starfortressproductions.com/ … nters.html

here is a place that you can get armour

Yeah, the armor looks good, but the helmet looks like crap.

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35 (edited by Johan Kordav Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:45 am)

Re: Being a real-life Fett

danny wrote:

Vacuforming is incredibly easy...assuming you have a mold. Other then that, its as simple as heating some ABS on a rack in your oven, putting it on  a specialized table (which you can make our of scrap wood), and flipping the switch on a vaccuum. I'm planning to buy a bunch of clay and plaster, and asking a local 501st member to make molds of his armor.

Another way, again assuming you have the mold, would be fiberglass. This is a method almost anyone can do without even reading instructions on how to do it! Its that easy! Just go to a local hardware store and ask for fiberglass mat and resin+hardening solution.

Though, most household ones wont do. You need something more powerful...personally, I use a 6hp wet/dry vac.

But ya, like said above, check out the 501st. Go to http://www.501st.com/members/dsp_garrisons.cfm

Find the garrison closest to your location, and visit their website. Sign-up on the forums, and just...well, do whatever. Ask questions...

The best question to ask would be "When will you guys be having your next armor party?"

Then ask them if you may come along to see what its all about. Once in a while members will hold armor parties, where they basically hang out and help each other work on various aspects of their costumes.

These guys are really nice, and always willing to help.

i would join but im not old enough...yet

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

lie

its not a big deal for something like that.

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Re: Being a real-life Fett

well i still havent gotten my armor yet im getting it from over seas

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