Instructions for the Breastplate Style 1 (Digital)
Number of Pieces:
- 70 pieces + 21 foam pieces (No Electronics)
- 68 pieces + 2 plastic pieces + 21 foam pieces (With Electronics)
Estimate Build Time: 12 to 14 Hours
- 17 Steps (16 required steps + 1 optional step)
- Total Run Time = 1 hour 57 minutes 10 seconds
Creating the Pieces
To create the cutout pieces required for this project you will need to use four different types of materials: (1) Legal-size (8.5″ X 14″) Printer Paper, (2) Cereal Boxes, (3) Corrugated Cardboard and (3) Craft Foam Sheets. For the corrugated cardboard it is important that you AVOID any materials that is thicker than 1/8″ or 3.2mm thick otherwise you will have a more difficult time cutting out the pieces and the helmet may not fit. Shipping boxes from Amazon and other online retailers are suitable. All tools and materials required to make the Cutout Pieces should be available at your local art and craft store or large retailer. PLEASE NOTE that this project requires a lot of large pieces, so try and get as many large cardboard boxes, greater than 11″X 17″ (28 cm X 43 cm) foot print, as you can.
Tip #1: For corrugated cardboard material AVOID any materials thicker than 0.125″ (3.2mm) or 1/8.” Thicker material can be significantly harder to cut by hand.
Legal-size Printer Paper
Legal-size Printer Paper
Craft Foam Sheets
Tools and Materials to Create the Cutout Pieces
We recommend that you to watch the following instruction video through at least once. It contain details that may help you to create the cutout pieces. Just like cooking, a good build requires good ingredients, which in this case is the cutout pieces. Before you start the assembly process double check that you have all the pieces by referring to the photos below. You need to create 91 pieces total with 21 pieces made from craft foam and 70 pieces made from corrugated cardboard or cereal boxes.
|Cardboard Pieces 1||Cardboard Pieces 2||Cardboard Pieces 3|
Cardboard Pieces 4
|Cardboard Pieces 5||Cardboard Pieces 6|
Cardboard Pieces 7
|Cardboard Pieces 8||Other Pieces|
|Hardware||Electronics Kit (Optional)|
Self-Grip Velcro and Lace You will need one (1) 1″ (2.5 cm) wide by 8″ (21 cm) long or two (2) 1″ (2.5 cm) wide by 4″ (11 cm) long Velcro Straps and about 40″ (61 cm) of lace for this project. Cut the 40″ long lace into four (4) strands of 10″ long laces. The lace can be any material from 3mm wide faux leather to string or chord. We recommend that you get 1″ (2.5 cm) wide long Self-Grip Velcro Straps for this build. The Self-Grip Velcro Straps are usually sold as reusable cable ties or clothing fasteners. It should be available at hardware, sewing supply or arts and craft stores. You will use lace and the Velcro straps for both the pauldron and armor projects, so make sure you get enough for both projects!
Tools and Materials
All tools and materials required for this build should be available at your local art and craft store or large retailer. Although you can substitute Tacky Glue with regular white glue, it is recommended that you use the Tacky Glue for this project since the thicker glue will makes the build significantly faster and Tacky Glue dries much quicker. It is always a good idea to get some scrap newspaper or cardboard sheets to help keep your works area clean during the gluing and painting steps.
To decorate your helmet, we recommend you use water-based acrylic paint for the depth of colors and easy clean-up. However since the helmet is made from cardboard almost any color media, crayons, markers, etc., will work.
Tip #2: Get disposable plastic or paper cups to hold your paint.
Breastplate (Style 1) Build
There are 17 main steps to this build with 59 subtasks. If this is your first Crafteeo project or the first time doing this project, we recommend that your view the video instructions twice: once to get a feel for what you will be doing and the second time when you actually build. It is good practice to do a dry fit prior to gluing individual pieces together. This will help you anticipate issues and identify critical alignment features. Take your time and enjoy the build process!
Tip #3: Keep several damp, NOT dripping wet, paper towels nearby to wipe off excess glue or paint. This will help you maintain a clean build and clean work area.
Step 16: Complete the Armor (6:59)
Time to personalize your armor and inject some personality into your project! Use the diagram below to help you decide on the color scheme. If you want to take the headache out of color selection, check out our Paint Kit. All the paint is Made in USA and water-based for easy cleanup. The kit also included Metallic paint that makes your project shine!