Above: Construction of the harness. The cords that hold the armpieces cannot be glued; they have to be sewn on pieces of cloth to create sufficient contact face. Glue: Pattex.
Foam is not tearproof. Every part of the armour that is subject to stress is plastered with cloth from the underside. Only the combination of cloth/ glue/ foam is sufficiently durable.
Every plate was furnished with a thin ledge which helps to create the impression of “metal”. The surface was treated with a soldering iron before painting.
The connecting piece on the bottom is removable (velcro strips). The green pieces visible in the collar are remnants of the auxiliary construction made of cheap camping mats necessary to hold the desired shape while forming it. It is cut out again when the piece is finished.
The collar is a real 3d- construction (meaning if it was cut off and spread it couldnīt lie flat) which demands that you know what the material can do and what not. Experimentation is the recommended way.