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Female Tusken Raider Bib Scratch Build

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Reference photo: female Tusken bib and mask.

Here are my photos, patterns, and tutorial on how I made my female Tusken Raider bib. See the rest of my female Tusken Raider costume photos and tutorials here.

Reference Photos

The bibs look like they fall right above the waist, and start just at the chin. My bib length is about 20″, but they can vary according to your height.

Looks like they should fall just above the waist.

Day One

The Half-Moon Piece

The first piece of the bib that I made was the ‘half moon’ bit that hangs at the end of what I’m calling the ‘upper bib’.

Tusken Raider Bib Part
That half-mooney bib part

Like the female Tusken Raider helmet, I planned on paper macheing my way to success on all of the armor plates. I decided that this weird shape was as good as any to start with, and it would be a fair experiment of the kind of texture that I could give my sculpture.

Female Tusken Raider Bib Part
I traced my rough idea of the shape onto cardboard.

This piece ended up being the basis for the size of the entire bib. The bottom line on my ‘half moon’ piece is the same width as the rectangular plates, 2 7/8″

Female Tusken Armor Texture
To create the basis for texture, I used newspaper bits.

I knew that I didn’t want this to be flat… the female Tuskens wear metal plates that have seen better days, and are marred with pockmarks and dirt. To create the basis for texture, I balled up bits of newspaper dipped in my paper mache mixture and put them on the surface.

My paper mache recipe is 1 part Mod Podge, 1 part flour, 4 parts water

Paper Mache Texture
A thin layer of paper mache to start…

Instead of using strips of paper mache, I cut a piece of blank newspaper and laid it gently over the face of the cardboard. I cut slits where needed so that I could neatly fold the paper over the edges. This prevented any kind of crisscross texture.

Tusken Raider Armor Build
Forming smooth texture on dried paper.

I added another careful layer of flat newspaper, then used the end of a paintbrush to push the paper in between my previously laid newspaper balls. I even stabbed at it to get a few pockmarks.

Tusken Raider Paper Mache
The dried half-moon piece, ready for paint.

This is the finished half-moon piece. I was really happy with how this turned out!

Starting the Bib

I started out the female Tusken Raider ‘lower’ bib with a lot of measurements. I have done a lot of quilting in my time, so I knew that if I didn’t measure each square just right, I’d end up with a mess. I couldn’t find any measurements online, so I scoped out the bib reference photos as well as I could. The 501st states that the bibs can vary in length, depending on your height.

The bottom of the armor bib has 18 rectangular pieces and one long rectangle at the bottom. I have seen some that have curved armor plates, but I went with simple square and rectangle shapes.

My rectangles measured as shown below:

Tusken Raider Pattern
My measurements for the female Tusken Raider metal plates.

To get the size of my squares, I measured from my chin to the bottom of my ribcage. I got 20″. From the reference photos, I estimated that the top, square plates looked to be about 3″ tall. I subtracted 3″ from 20″ to get 17″.

I then divided 17″ by 9 to get the height of the 8 remaining rectangle plates and the long rectangle at the bottom. It ended up being 1.888888″. I nodded like Mordecai and Rigby ‘Hmm. Hmm Hmm’ and soundly rounded up to 2″.

For my cardboard pieces that would be the base of the plates, I measured a little less for the height… I used  2 7/8″ instead of 3″ because I needed to allow for the extra thickness that the paper mache would add between plates.

Female Tusken Armor
I measured my armor pieces to fit about 20″, from my chin to waist.

I measured one cardboard piece, then used that as a pattern to quickly cut out the rest. I laid out a measuring tape and ruler to make sure I was on the right track.

Tusken Raider Armor Layout
My Tusken Raider armor layout, all cardboard pieces.

Here are all of my cardboard pieces laid out. I used a thick coated paper flier from a mailed flier to make the ‘bones’ in the middle of the bib’s second layer.

Day 2 – Paper Mache and Upper Bib Construction

Day 3 – Oval Bezels on Plates

Female Tusken Raider Build Index

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