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(02/12/2001•20:11) StyroShield [edit]Archive Message 
by Jackal

I’ve thought of a new method to make shields. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m pretty sure it’ll work just fine. This shield is not made of cardboard but out of other materials that are quite easy to acquire. Here are the instructions:

Materials:

* Placemat—used for the outer shell of the shield, this is the part where you want to choose what color your shield is. It can be round or rectangular, it doesn’t matter, and you can even cut out a pattern from a placemat (e.g.: a kite shape). Try to choose a thick placemat for this shield.

* Thick, but not too thick, piece of Styrofoam—can be round or square, or again, can be cut into the desired shield shape. This is the supporting whole enchilada thing of the shield.

* Tacks/nails/bolts—this is not necessary, it is just to keep the whole thing together but mostly for looks. It makes the shield look fancy and is backup for the glue.

* Wooden board—not too much is needed here, just a bit to support the Styrofoam.

* Wooden dowel—this is to be used for the handle, this is not too important but if you want to hold your shield, this is for you!

* Paint—this is optional, for people who want to paint designs on their shield

* Glue—white glue or carpenter’s glue (wood glue), important: do NOT use tacky glue/crazy glue/superglue

Tools:

* Good knife or saw

* Hammer

* Puncher (to punch holes on the place mat)

Instructions:

1. Take the placemat and punch holes on where you want to put the bolts/tacks/nails.

2. Make a big hole right in the middle of the Styrofoam, punch it right through. Make sure you can fit your fist in the hole.

3. Glue the placemat onto the Styrofoam

4. After the whole thing dries, hammer in the nails/bolts/tacks through the holes you punched on the PLACEMAT and into the Styrofoam.

5. Cut the wooden dowel so that it’ll fit into the hole in the middle of the Styrofoam.

6. Stuff the dowel in the hole so it can be your shield’s handle.

7. Use the wooden strips to line the back of the Styrofoam, this is to make sure that the thing doesn’t collapse or crack.

8. Paint a design on the placemat if desired. If you buy a white placemat, you can really design the thing.

Other Ideas:

* Use cloth to cover the wooden strips somehow, it might not look that ugly.

* If you can’t find a nice placemat, spray paint can make it look beautiful.

* Use duct tape to cover the handle (or other tape besides scotch tape), it’ll make it have a nice grip.

Good luck!

~Jackal


(02/12/2001•20:12) Important for Styroshield! [edit]Archive Message 
by Jackal

Use the styrofoam in craft stores to make it. The regular ones crack easily!

%±ZYæA~Jackal


(02/12/2001•20:12) Important for Styroshield! [edit]Archive Message 
by Jackal

Use the styrofoam in craft stores to make it. The regular ones crack easily!

~Jackal



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