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Gluing a Foam Begins Chest to Under Armour


Hey guys, I need some help.

I have a Begins chest (foam) cut out from the rubies suit.
I also have a Starter (Wal-Mart Underarmour imitation) turtleneck for an undershirt.
I want to attach the chest to the shirt. My choices are glueing it to the suit or adding straps.
If I add [sign in to see URL] have no idea where to find some, or where to put them for the best fit.
If I [sign in to see URL] lady at the Wal-Mart crafts section recommended a glue. It won't bleed through ( I tested it with some foam and thin cloth), it's [sign in to see URL] it takes 4 hours to set! And pressure must be applied till it dries. And since I don't have a manequin, I would need to glue it to the shirt while I'm wearing it. This means haveing someone stand there and hold it against me while it dries for the best results. You can see my problem. So maybe straps would be best. [sign in to see URL] I said, I have no idea where to find them, or where to put them.
Someone please help! I am running out of time! And due to a low financial situation, I can't ruin this chest with "trial and error."
Use small [sign in to see URL] am not experienced in this. The smallest amount of advice will be apreciatted. Thanks dudes.

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Re: HELP! I am at a loss...


You might be able to find straps at a place like Lowes or Home Depot. As far as placement, I'm not entirely sure. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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I'm certainly not at the costuming level of most of the members on this board but I used straps for my chest piece. I bought a package of black stretchy elastic and three of the clips that come on overalls. I used these so I could take the costume somewhere and be able to quickly and easily put it on. I sewed the straps to the sides of the chest piece. One that went around the neck, one near the middle and one near the bottom. So there are six straps; three on one side and three on the other that meet and clip in the back. I ran the strap through the clip and viola! With those overall clips you can adjust the length of the strap so it fits good and tight. It actually works really well. The chest can move a little but as long as I'm not dancing in the costume it stays in place. Very cheap solution.
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First of [sign in to see URL] are you running out of time?

Now, get some Household Welder, it's in the glue section at Walmart in a silver tube. Go home.
Put on an old tee shirt, next wrap your upper torso in Saran wrap, put on your UnderArmor style shirt, lay your chestpiece down on a table, lay down a bead (line) of glue all the way around the [sign in to see URL] fairly quick, carefully pick up the chest and press it on to the UA style shirt, take it back off, lay it back on the table, let it wait for 5 to 10 minutes, pick the chest back up, and reapply it to the shirt.
At this time keep pressing the edges to make sure they bond together.

You can also use foam pieces on the inside, to fill in the negative sections of the chest (pecs, abs).
Good luck, and I hope this helps.
-Brin

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First of [sign in to see URL] are you running out of time?

Now, get some Household Welder, it's in the glue section at Walmart in a silver tube. Go home.
Put on an old tee shirt, next wrap your upper torso in Saran wrap, put on your UnderArmor style shirt, lay your chestpiece down on a table, lay down a bead (line) of glue all the way around the [sign in to see URL] fairly quick, carefully pick up the chest and press it on to the UA style shirt, take it back off, lay it back on the table, let it wait for 5 to 10 minutes, pick the chest back up, and reapply it to the shirt.
At this time keep pressing the edges to make sure they bond together.

You can also use foam pieces on the inside, to fill in the negative sections of the chest (pecs, abs).
Good luck, and I hope this helps.
-Brin



This might work. Thanks Brin. And I need it soon for a fanfilm I have been putting off for TOO long! Also, this cheap suit has been under construction for too long. I can see why Bruce Wayne is a billionare, not a deli worker...

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If you want to use straps, check out Paul's (Artsee1) tutorial on his website. He did a fool-proof straps tutorial there.

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Otherwise, if you want to glue it down, listen to Brin. He knows what he's talking about. I used the DAP Weldwood Contact Cement to mount my latex armour to my Wal Mart UnderArmour knock-off suit. It's worked out great so far, but it takes several hours to completely cure as well.
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Vittorio wrote:

I'm certainly not at the costuming level of most of the members on this board but I used straps for my chest piece. I bought a package of black stretchy elastic and three of the clips that come on overalls. I used these so I could take the costume somewhere and be able to quickly and easily put it on. I sewed the straps to the sides of the chest piece. One that went around the neck, one near the middle and one near the bottom. So there are six straps; three on one side and three on the other that meet and clip in the back. I ran the strap through the clip and viola! With those overall clips you can adjust the length of the strap so it fits good and tight. It actually works really well. The chest can move a little but as long as I'm not dancing in the costume it stays in place. Very cheap solution.



This could also [sign in to see URL] where did you find the straps? Sorry, I've looked and have been unsucessfull...

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Such fast responses guys! Thanks a bunch!
Man it's good to have freinds that are as nerdy-Erm, cool- As me!
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If you're looking for the non-stretchy nylon straps & quick-clip type buckles, any fabric store, or the sewing/fabric section of Wal Mart has them. The straps come in a roll that you just cut to the deisred length & attach the buckles to the ends. If you're looking for elastic, as fate would have it, the same places carry that as well. Also, the camping section at Wal Mart sells a 1" wide nylon strap that already has buckles on it - I believe its about 6 feet long and is adjustable. For elastic, I would use the 1 1/2" or 2" wide stuff, as Artsee suggests. Let us know what you decide & how it turns out!
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I think I'll go with Artsee's plan. No offense, everyone else.
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Artsee's method is probably the quicker of the two... He and everyone that has tried it swears by it. I haven't tried it yet, but I think I may do a suit like that just to have one I can use with different undersuits.
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