GAUNTLETS & GLOVES

8 - Gauntlets / Gloves (£2 & paint)

2 more of those oversized coke cans, cut down to U-shapes. I took an old box-file apart, and used the ends from this as the tops of the gauntlets. Milk bottles were used for hinges for these, as they are pretty flexible. I riveted one side to the gauntlet edge; the box-file section was stuck to the middle part, and the other edge was attached with Velcro to the other edge of the gauntlet (see diagram).

After making these, the shapes on the gauntlets were all approximate, made from looking at various pictures of the gauntlets and guesstimating what would do. I used an assortment of bits & pieces (part of a ketchup bottle, shelf-bracket, cable-tidy, etc) to create the shapes needed. The blue blocky thing on the side of the right gauntlet was made from a chunk of wood sandwiched between bits of ice-cream tub cut to the same shape. The gun on the left gauntlet was an old video remote control with a bit sawn off the end. This was all sprayed red. I added another bit of a remote control to the end of the left gauntlet and smeared it with model paint to create the 'keypad' bit.

The blaster thing was made from a marker pen and a few cones made from bits of plastic. This was painted and attached to the gauntlet.

I glued some sponges the inside of the gauntlets to give them a better grip on my arms.

The gloves were originally big bulky ones, but these made handling things (especially pint glasses!) extremely difficult. I found some old thin gardening ones, which looked better and were easier to use.


This is an end-on diagram of a gauntlet, to show how it all attached together.
All the stuff stuck together and sprayed red. This picture isn't really in the right place, but it fitted nicely here.

This is most of the miscallaneous crap used to build the gauntlet shapes. I raided my dad's garage looking for anything that might do.

The finished product. They looked pretty good, but it was difficult to move my thumbs. I have since taken a chunk of material from thumb area, and now they're easier to use.

Update:

When I have worn this costume, the reccuring problem was the gauntlets ending up upside down on my arm. They are considerably heavier on the top and side, so rotate to the lowest point.

I have had several ideas for solving this problem, but it was not until I was making the hand-armour for the Sandtrooper that I had the simple idea of using an elastic loop.

I sewed the loop onto the front top edge of the gauntlet, near the front section of velcro. The loop could be put around the thumb, and this kept the gauntlet in place.

The weight of the top and edge pieces no longer caused the gauntlets to rotate the way gravity wanted them to. Fett 1, Newton 0.


NEXT... THE GUN

 

INTRO
INTRO
HELMET
HELMET
JUMPSUIT
JUMPSUIT
ARMOUR
ARMOUR
CODPIECE
CODPIECE
GIRTHBELT
GIRTH BELT
BOXBELT
BOX BELT
GUARDS
SHOULDER & KNEE GUARDS
GAUNTLETS
GAUNTLETS
GUN
GUN
SCALPS
WOOKIE SCALPS
CAPE
CAPE
BOOTS
BOOTS
JETPACK
JETPACK
DECALS
DECALS
OUTRO
OUTRO