I do not know if I want to call this a “tutorial”, this is more like a long and detailed post about how I made my gauntlets.
What I used
- Broomstick (2cm diameter)
- These patterns (that I made myself)
- EVA-foam (2 “yoga-mats” was enough, 12mm thick)
- Craft foam (3 A3 sheets was enough, 6mm thick)
- Hot glue
- Snap-off blade knife (or other similar “razor blade”-knife)
- Extra blades for the knife
- Sandpaper (80-grit, 120-grit, and 400-grit)
- A well ventilated area where you can spray messy stuff (I covered my balcony in plastic bags)
- Duct tape (optional)
- Plastic bag (optional)
- Lightweight filler (I used PP100 from Plastic Padding)
- Filler spreader
- Spray filler (I used “Sprutspackel” from Plastic Padding)
- Acrylic paint (Purple, Pink, Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Black (and Dark Blue, I forgot this one and used black instead))
- Brushes (I used one brush with 12mm wide base, and one with a 5mm wide base)
- Clear varnish spray
Total worktime: 8 hours á day for 4 days = 32 hours
Step 1: Print the pattern
You can download it from here
When printing the pattern, make sure that the black square on each paper is exactly 1x1cm. The pattern itself is in no way perfect, but it is a good way to keep everything consistent, and it is what I used so if you want to build along with this tutorial you will need them.
Step 2: Make the handle
Take the broomstick and cut an 18cm long rod
Cut out one “Top plate” and two “Rodholder” out of the EVA foam.
Glue them together. Make sure it is very tight. I would suggest to cut away some of the “texture” on the EVA foam to get a better contact area (I forgot to do it on mine).
Step 3: Make the cylinder
Cut out a 56.5*30cm rectangle out of the EVA foam. 56.5 might seem like a very exact number, but it is just what I happened to cut when I made the pattern, there is no real thought behind it. The 30cm however has some more thought behind it. Garnet’s Gauntlets “cover half of her lower arm” according to the wiki, but since Garnet have long lower arms and short upper arms I decided to make the gauntlets go about 2/3 up my lower arm to give it better proportions. Feel free to modify this number to better fit your arm.
When you cut the rectangle, try to get everything in one piece, it will give better looking seams. It should be possible of you layout the pattern like this
Once you have your rectangle just glue the short (30cm) sides together.
Step 4: Add handle to cylinder
Since the pattern is not perfect, you will most likely need to cut away some foam to get the “top plate” to fit inside the cylinder. Be careful to not cut too much.
Then just glue the plate into the cylinder
Step 5: The bottom plate
Cut out the bottom plate from the EVA-foam and glue it to the cylinder in a similar way as the top plate.
Step 6: Fingers
Cut all the “finger”-pieces in the craft foam.
Make the base-cylinder.
Glue the straight sides in the middle piece together.
Glue the cylinder to the middle part (see pattern for the correct side to glue them together). Then make the “tip”-piece.
The pattern is not perfect, so you will need to cut some in the middle piece to make the tip fit correctly.
Glue the tip to the middle piece, make sure that the tip and the base form a somewhat straight line.
(Look, It’s a horse xP )
Make the “nail”-piece.
Glue the nail to the tip, make sure that they form an angle like the one in the picture.
The “finger-horse” is standing on its “back legs”, and this is not what we want. We want the finger to be like its friend in the background. For this we need a ruler to cut a straight line from the nail to the base.
Now we cut away some of the excess foam to make the finger more rounded.
Repeat Step 6 for all the other fingers.
Step 7: The thumb
Cut the thumb out of the craft foam.
Make a “ramp” in the base piece.
Cut the other side of the base piece at an angle. (I forgot to take a picture before I glued, that’s why there is glue on one of the angles)
Glue the base and the middle together
Cut all the sides of the tip at an angle
Glue the tip to the middle piece
Step 8: The knuckles
Cut the knuckle pieces out of craft foam. (Keep track of the lines in the pattern)
Cut four of the sides at an angle, as seen here.
Glue them all together
Repeat Step 8 for all the other knuckles.
Step 9: Pinky
Take one of the fingers and cut away about 1cm from the middle of it, this will now be a pinky.
Now you’re done with all the foam for one hand. Repeat Step 2-9 for the other hand.
Step 10: Foam sanding
Take all your pieces and sand all the rough edges with a 120 grit sandpaper.
Step 11: Prepare for filler
Prepare your well ventilated area. I covered my balcony in plastic bags.
Step 12: Filler
Cover all ugly seams with a lightweight filler (I used PP100 from Plastic Padding). I would have liked to have spent more time on this step, but it was very windy that day so I couldn’t get the precision I would like, so I just threw filler on the most important seams. Once the filler has dried I sanded it with 80 grit sand paper.
Step 13: Spray filler
Spray all the pieces with spray filler (I used “Sprutspackel” from Plastic Padding). This is where the plastic bags on the balcony becomes really useful. I also recommend that you put one of your hands in a plastic bag so you can hold the pieces and spray them without getting filler all over your hand and arm. It is better to spray many thin layers than one thick layer.
Another trick is to place the pieces on needles, this way you can spray the entire piece at the same time and it can dry without touching the ground. Note: The needles will become useless for fabric, so don’t use your favorite needles.
Let everything dry thoroughly before sanding everything with 400 grit sandpaper.
Step 14: Paint
These are the paints I used. I’m not really happy with them, they required several layers to give me the desired color and would by then have become “flamey”. But they were the only paint I could find with the correct colors. But I do not recommend this brand for prop making.
Start with marking out where the fingers will sit. We do not want to put paint here since we will need to glue the fingers on later, and we do not want to glue onto paint (that won’t stick, speaking from personal experience).
Glue the thumb and star to the cylinder. You might need to crack the star a bit to get it into shape. Use masking tape to create a line where you want the seam between the purple and black/blue to be (I placed the line 16cm from the bottom plate).
Paint the top part of the cylinder purple.
Paint the base and nail parts of the fingers (and the tip of the thumb) black.
Paint the middle and tip parts of the fingers (and the base and middle of the thumb) dark pink.
Glue the fingers to the top plate.
Fill in any visibly unpainted areas of the top plate.
Paint the star yellow, and its brim orange. Don’t forget the backside.
Paint one side of the knuckles light pink.
And the other side red.
Glue the knuckles to the fingers, then paint the lower part of the cylinder black.
Paint the bottom plate orange. Let everything dry, and then spray everything with a clear varnish spray. And you’re done!