After the mask I decided to work on the gloves. For these I needed just a few basic supplies:
Wonderflex (jumbo)- $67.00
Black gloves- $8.00
Okay! Once all the supplies were gathered I did some research on gauntlet and glove patterns. I tried a few different techniques to get the finger joints to bend properly but in the end I decided to make each finger plate separate. Below are some preliminary attempts. In the bottom right corner are the actual patterns I used, just resized for each finger. The tear drop is the claw while the other wobbly shape makes up the other fingerplates.
It’s worth noting that at first I tried to use styrene because it was cheaper and came recommended but in the end I went with wonderflex. It might be way more expensive but I like the way it bends better and the fact that it sticks to itself when warm makes it easier to work with.
Using the heatgun, I heated the wonderflex to a warm but not burning temperature. Two layers of wonderflex works best, that way its sturdy but not too thick. Wearing the black gloves I wrapped each piece around my finger and reinforced the bottom of each peice with an extra strip of wonderflex. To add some random flare, I pushed up the front edge and formed it to a point.
After all the finger pieces were done it came out looking like this:
The fingerplates might require some trimming to make sure they bend properly under the other plates:
The palm piece was pretty hard to figure out. Most of the sites that claimed to have automail or gauntlet patterns were out of date or the pictures didn’t work. So I just sorta made up the shapes. The right top piece is the knuckle plate, below that covers the hand, and the last piece is for the palm. With the wonderflex warm I added some warble to the knuckle plate ’cause it looked cool! All of this was formed over my hand. It’s not hard to do but if you try this just make sure not to heat up the wonderflex too hot and wear gloves!
Added some more details:
Also put on some elastic so the wrist parts stay in place:
Now for the wrist. The shape is easy enough:
I cut out two of those shapes for each arm and formed them directly over my wrist. I pressed the edges together so that it was stuck on my arm. I couldn’t pull my hand out so I cut it right up the middle when the wonderflex was completely cool. That way I can slip my arm into it but it keeps its shape without revealing the open seam.
Here’s it all together (unpainted).
Time for painting! Yay! This is what can really make or break the armor. Never use one flat color, always try to paint in highlights and low lights. Once it was all painted I coated it all with matte clear spray paint then using hotglue I stuck on all the fingerplates to the glove.