I have a 5 year old son that would really like to have me finish his boba fett costume that I started 3 years ago. (I know, I know, I'm slow). Here is where I am at. I have the armor, but it still needs more painting and weathering. I have a pattern for the jumpsuit. I have material but I think it may be too heavy and will use it instead for the vest. I have printed out the gauntlet and backpack patterns at 66% and have started cutting the gauntlets from a for sale sign (light weight sintra). I am planning on making a majority of the backpack out of foamcore board. I saw the tutorial for the belt with boxes and tools, so those shouldn't be an issue. I need help with a few things, though.
1. I have a rubies boba helmet, but it is warped so that it is oblong front to back, rather than circular. I have tried heating it a little and putting a ball inside it to help retain it's shape as it cooled, but soon after removing the ball, the helmet returns to the oblong shape. is there anything that I can put in the helmet permanently to help it retain its shape?
2. What would be a cheap, but sturdy way to make the girth belt? I can dye it if need be and saw the tutorial on dying it using latex stain, but I need to have the belt before I can dye it.
3. Any help with weathering would be great.
4. What is a good inexpensive way to make the shoes? He will outgrow them too quickly for me to want to put a lot of money into them.
The best thing about all of this, though, is that I have another son age 2, who will get to wear this when his older brother outgrows it.
thanks for any help you can give me.