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    Question About Shaping

    I've got a set of mando plates I've made out of a trash can.
    The only problem is that I want a more female look for them and I have no idea how to accomplish that.

    The tools I have to work on this would be a hair dryer, or a shrink wrap gun.
    Please tell me if that seems like a recipe for disaster or if you've got any tips or better ideas to shape it.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Are you talking about modifying the chest plates for a more "female fit"?
    If so and you've already cut the overall shape of them you might not have much left by the time you're done shaping them over something. It might be better to take a larger piece of trash can plastic and make your custom fit first. Then trace out and trim the edges to the chest plate pattern.

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    You need room for the boobs to go, so you'll need a lot more than the basic plate shape, you may also need a mannequin to your breast size to shape the plates around as they get hot if you're using a hair dryer.

    Hot plastic and boob don't mix... well, unless that's your thing and then that would be a COMPLETELY different website!

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    XD The mannequin is the better idea I'm sure.

    So I can bend the plastic with the hair dryer? I just need to make new chest plates. I can do that. ^^

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    That or propane torch

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    just be careful with the propane torch... Zuka's known for his... pyro tendancies... lmao

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    If I'm going to use a propane torch I may need to call in a friend for help. Not only am I to broke to rent one, but I wouldn't be to confident in my own abilities any way. XD

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    What about boiling water ?
    I just shaped blasters impacts on my sintra plates, simply by pouring boiling water locally on the sintra and pressing a marble (is that the correct word for kid's little glass balls ?) until the shape is correct.

    "Boobs shaping" could use the same technique...

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    That would be one big marble!

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Something else you can try that doesn't involve using a whole lot of heat is putting darts in your armor.

    Basically, you cut a long thin triangle in either the inner or outer side of the chest plate then bend the ends together. Since your using a trash can, PVC epoxy would work well to hold them together. That creates a nice cop effect and only requires the piece be heated enough to get those two ends together. Below are some pics from one of our ladie's armor over at Mercs.







    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Something else you can try that doesn't involve using a whole lot of heat is putting darts in your armor.

    Basically, you cut a long thin triangle in either the inner or outer side of the chest plate then bend the ends together. Since your using a trash can, PVC epoxy would work well to hold them together. That creates a nice cop effect and only requires the piece be heated enough to get those two ends together. Below are some pics from one of our ladie's armor over at Mercs.
    What's the best tool for heating to bend them that little bit?
    Last edited by Harruka; Dec 16, 2009 at 10:53 AM.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    You can use a heat gun (safest) to get that area warm or a pot of boiling water to dip that part of the armor down in to.

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    I use a heat gun and ice water... heat it, bend it then dunk it in the ice water to keep its shape. BTW... don't u have a dev art account by the same name?

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    I do.

    And thanks for the info.

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    he he no prob, and I like ur artwork btw... I saw ur original armor on devart and it looks pretty good as is... are you just wanting more feminine plates?

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    I prefer a more violent Flame so I wrap it in aluminum foil but on my insulated gloves and Use the propane torch, I know im crazy, I am also a pyromaniac, Just like my custom

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    kal'ika said: View Post
    he he no prob, and I like ur artwork btw... I saw ur original armor on devart and it looks pretty good as is... are you just wanting more feminine plates?

    Awe thanks.
    Yeah, I am. That and I'm planning on attaching it to to a vest. ^^

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    cool! Can't wait to see the updates

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Thanks, it may take a while for me to post any updates, I'm moving to spain for school so I won't have my armor with me there.

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    God, nobody listens to the pyromaniac

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    I would listen to the pyro, but also being a pyro, this could end badly....

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    lmao true statement

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    i more pyro than you, I can burn water, XD

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    I could burn a salad, but I think that's more my home making illiteracy than being a pyro.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Oooh, sick burn. Heh.

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