Upper Bib Pieces
Last time, I cut the ‘bone’ pieces from a thick, coated paper flier I got in the mail. I wanted to avoid thick cardboard because these pieces needed to appear thinner than the others, and remain flexible. I really eyeballed these when I cut them out, but I’ll post measurements here.
I coated these oval pieces in flat newsprint soaked in paper mache to create a nice, flat surface. I did this twice to make them a little firmer.
There are five ‘bone’ pieces on the upper bib. I cut rectangles, then rounded the edges. Here are the measurements for each ‘bone’ piece:
- 4 1/4″
- 3 1/2″
- 3 1/4″
- 2 3/4″
I then cut 2 9″ pieces of 1/4″ wide plumbing tube. You can find this for cheap at the hardware store. I soaked strips of paper bag in paper mache for about a minute, then wrapped each tube. This is going to create a foundation for me to build on later. I’m setting these pieces aside for now.
Back to the plates. Previously, I explained how I measured and cut all 19 of the armor bib plates.
Today, I cut pieces of newspaper that were about 3/4″ larger than each previously cut cardboard piece. I dipped the paper in paper mache solution, then carefully covered each cardboard piece, folding over the edges like a present. I did this twice, then added texture with the handle-end of a paintbrush.
Next, I am going to make the bezel ovals that go on each armor plate piece. What do you think of my progress so far?