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Make Your Own Wearable Art: Cosplay Armor

Build 3-D arm bracers (armor for the forearm) from upcycled materials while learning the foundations of armor design.

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cosplay arm bracers

Image: Unknown Maker (Japanese, Edo period, 1615–1868), Helmet Bowl by Myōchin Nobuie (Japanese, 1486–1564), 1511. Armor, about 1750, iron, lacquer, silk, leather, copper, silver, gold, horse hair, glass. Museum purchase with funds provided by The Kettering Fund, 2016.51.

Required materials:

  • plastic wrap
  • masking or painter’s tape
  • scissors
  • three-five: pizza-sized cardboard boxes
  • thin marker
  • pencil
  • sketch paper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • knobs, buttons or beads
  • acrylic or tempera paint
  • paintbrushes
  • 1/8” or 1/2” elastic / string

Optional materials:

  • papier mâché
  • hole punch
  • foamie sheets or scraps
  • hot glue gun
  • spray paint
  • grommets
  • joint compound
  • wax or parchment paper

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