Vambraces, Leg Wraps, Cuisses, Gauntlets and Gloves
The LOTR films use a number of wraps for legs and arms. Some are armor; some are decorative; some are both. Wraps are also used to converts short boots into fancy race-centered footwear. Also, it's often hard to separate the gauntlets from the vambraces on some of the characters. These techniques are share... so all are here.
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one of the cheapest and easiest ways to do this would be to use cardboard to make the 'scales' and then cover them with foil (dull side showing), then cover some gloves with the scales. Or you could paint them, or make them from a metallic cardstock available from scrapbooking places. You'll have the finger size ones and the ones to cover the whole hand. Glue on or poke holes at the part that will be covered by other overlapping scales and stitch on to make it more secure.
Slightly more expensive would be the metal sheets from Emboss Arts available at most craft stores. You can cut the metal with scissors. Use old or cheap ones. Even child scissors will cut the stuff, but they will get dulled pretty fast. The edges will be probably be a little too sharp so I would 'hem' them, folding the edges under with pliers. You might then want to do something to age them, some kind of wash or something.
Use dark stretch gloves to attach the little plates.
He used plastic milk jugs and cut the "armour" plates out of the hard plastic, then spray painted them metallic silver.
When I did my Sauron Lite quick costume I made the gauntlet plates out of tough plastic with cable ties holding them together. I used black ones of course, but you may find that small white ones would work as well for 'bone'.
You just need to make sure you don't make the finger plates too tight to get your hands into the gloves! The major problem is that you need to use thin cardboard otherwise the digits end up being too thick.
Heather worked hers out of Friendly Plastic... read how in her scrapbook entry.
The gauntlets are made of toilet paper rolls, cardboard and fabric. I made a pair of gloves using a non-stretchy fabric on top and lycra on the bottom. I then cut the gauntlet pieces out of toilet paper rolls (used because they were the perfect curve for fingers) and cardboard, and glued them to the gloves. I painted the pieces to give them a metallic look.
They're not very practical because I can't put them on or take them off by myself or hold anything really well, but they look cool!
Check out his web page for more
The "gauntlets" are a pair of textured rubber gloves that I spray-painted with Dutch Boy Original Chrome paint. They look much more menacing in person; the latex accepted the paint quite well and took on a textured, hammered aluminum look.
See the webpage here: http://www.geocities.com/greensleevesgarb/ringwraith.htm
look for a pair of men's leather boots at a thrift store. Cutting off
the upper portion, you get a decent pair of vambraces, with the eyelets
== SunnyJim, tip from a costuming-on-a-budget panel at RingCon
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