Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles (pops) (pops) (funky music) (funky music) Hello, I'm Odin and today I'm gonna make another requested prop. It's Captain America's shield, from any one of the Marvel movies. (funky music) I'm starting with just a single sheet of foam and I need to find the very center. So, I lay a ruler from corner to corner and then make a mark. Then, I do it again on the other corners and make an X, which that is the center. The foam sheets are 24 inches wide, but the puzzle piece edges are not useful to me, so that means I can get a 22 inch circle out of one sheet. And, I can easily draw an outline with a pen and a piece of poster board and then cut it out. I am making this shield differently than the way I did my Wonder Woman shield. An easier way was suggested that uses just a single sheet of foam. Now, this technique actually comes from Chris and his Lost Wax channel and if you haven't checked out his channel you should, it's very good. To force the dome shape into the foam I thought I would help it by heating the foam with my heat gun and trying to stretch it some. Now, this really didn't work out at all, so don't waste your time with this step. I plan to use a Yoga ball to help shape the foam. The first thing I did was over-inflate the ball because bigger is better, right. Then, I took the foam circle and wrapped it onto the Yoga ball. I'm using a small roll of stretch wrap like what you'd use for moving. Chris actually used some kitchen cling wrap on his. If you wanna do this just use whatever's easy for you. Once I had all of the sides covered I then used packing tape to help get the last of the bumps to lay flat. And I used a lot of tape 'cause I really don't want any bumps on the edge of the shield. Now, heat is what is actually going to form the foam, so I put the whole thing in the front seat of my truck. 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It's a pretty cool deal. Go ahead, you can pause the video and just go do it. It's all right, I'll wait. Well, this thing's been riding shotgun for four days. Let's see how well the foam is gonna hold it's shape. I unwrap the yoga ball. Now, I probably should have used scissors and not a knife, but I didn't hurt the yoga ball or myself. But, scissors would have been safer. I had expected that it wouldn't keep as tight of a radius as the ball actually was, and it loosened up a little bit. I thought it might loosen up a little more, but it looks like it's doing okay. Now, of course, it won't stay this shape all on it's own. I'll need to cut a secondary circle to go inside of it not only to put the straps on for my arm but to help hold this in this shape because if I just leave it alone once it heats up again it'll flatten out. I will need a circle 16 inches in diameter. So, I cut one using my poster board compass again. And, I'll mark the inside of the shield dome where I will need to put the contact cement to hold it all together. The foam circle does not lay as flat as I would like inside the shield. It is half an inch thick. So, I trim the edges in order to fit inside the shield better. This circle is the one that I'll attach the straps to. I'm using a one dollar leather belt that I got from the thrift store for my shield straps. I just lay the belt over my hand and guestimate the length of the strap and where I need to cut the holes to glue them in. I do the same thing on my forearm, but this time I plan to use the buckle as well so this strap can be adjusted for different people. I have a concern over how bendy the foam is So I glue a couple of paint stir sticks to the backside right where my arm will be. Then, I glued the circle into the shield. There are some extra braces inside of Cap's shield. And, it'll need to be at least five and half inches long to go around the straps. So, I make a pattern that's two inches wide with a couple of 45 degree angles just like his shield has. I cut a couple of braces from some blue three millimeter craft foam. And then, I make some slits so it can go around some leather straps, and some more contact cement. There are a series of rivets that go along the edge of all of these braces. What I wanted to use was a paper punch so I could just make some from thin craft foam, but the foam would fit in the only punch I could find. So instead, I cut the heads off some small nails, a lot of small nails. I made sure to keep the nails short enough that they would not poke all the way through the foam. I marked the braces every inch or so all around the edges, and this is where I want to glue the nails. To poke the holes first I just used a nail, but it was easier one of the cut nails and glue it into a wooden dowel and then I could use that to make all the holes. With a drop of superglue I pushed the nail heads in and that makes a rivet. Now, you put the design on it. Now, you could just simply paint it, but what I want to do is draw it on first and then lightly cut it our with a knife and then come back with the heat gun and make all the cuts open up. I printed out the star that goes in the center of the shield so I could use it as a pattern. I poked a pin through the center of the star and measured the radius of the circle, four and a half. Then, I used a poster board compass to draw that circle onto the shield. When I made the star pattern I had also measured the stripes. The first two stripes are two and a half inches wide and the outside is just two inches wide. I draw each circle with the same poster board compass, just measuring out for the Sharpie hole each time to adjust to the new size. To etch in the lines I cut out the star pattern, lay it onto the center of the shield and lightly cut, or score, the edge of the star into the foam. Now, I'm only cutting about two millimeters deep or so. I don't want to cut the star out of the center of the shield, and I don't want to weaken the shield anymore than I need to. Then, I trim down the star pattern to get to the second line and cut the foam again. Lastly, there are radial lines that go from the center out to each of the side of the star. I then carefully cut each circle stripe just like I did the star. Now, there's no easy way to cheat this that I know of, just go slow and steady with the cuts. And, I rested my hand on the foam to help me hold the knife straight and keep the cut the same depth.