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Cape Clip Attachment Tutorial


Okay... I've been putting together my own version of how to do this, based on a whole bunch of other people's ideas.

I think this can work for any style clip; you just have to change the dimensions of the parts possibly, to suit your own specific needs.

I got a couple of cape clips from Uncle Ed, that are made out of resin. They didn't have any hardware or anything attached to them, like I know some are.

So, what I did was I went out and got these...

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What you're looking at is a couple of threaded brass inserts, two brass machine screws, four nylon washers and two nylon spacers.

The brass inserts are basically "hollow screws", with wood threads on the outside and machine threads on the inside. If you look closely, you can see at the end of the one that's lying on it's side, that there's a notch cut into the end of it. That's for a screwdriver to set into, so you can screw the insert into the hole in the back of the clip. You need to drill out a hole in the underside of the cape clip, that's large enough for the inserts to go in.

The inserts I've chosen, aren't able to go in all the way without their wanting to go out through the front of the cape clip, so I sanded them down flush on the backside...


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There's plenty of different sizes to choose from, but I wanted to use a wider screw and with that extra width, the brass inserts got longer than what I needed. So, I just sanded it down flush with my belt sander.

Now that the inserts were in, I moved onto the part that attaches to the latex torso.

Now, look at these pieces...


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The two nylon washers on the left side, have a slightly smaller hole in their middle, than the nylon washers do on the right. When the nylon spacer is placed into the left one, you can notice how much tighter it fits than the one on the right. There's a reason for this. emoticon

What I want to do, is glue the nylon spacer to the washer with Bondini, to form what looks like a kitchen cabinet knob, keeping the bottom of the nylon spacer flush with the washer...


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Then, after it's glued with Bondini, I then needed to countersink the underside of this "knob" to receive the brass machine screw, which then gets epoxied into it. You have to look closely to see how the center of left "knob" has been hollowed out or "countersunk" to make room for the head of the brass machine screw...


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As with the underside of the cape clip, I then belt sanded the underside of the "knob", to get all the excess epoxy off and to make it smooth. It really needs to be quite smooth, since this is going to go up next to your chest.

Then I Dremmeled out a hole in the collar area of my wife's latex Batgirl torso and then used Goop to glue the "knob" into place from the backside, while poking the screw side of it throught the hole...


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I made sure there was direct contact to the latex, by cutting out the fabric of the latex bodysuit that the armor is attached to.

I was also VERY careful to make sure that the "knobs" were glued appropriately, so that when the cape clips were screwed down fully, that they faced the right direction. Nothing sucks more, than to have cape clips on crooked. :) So make sure you screw the cape clips on and hold the "knob" into the correct position, until the glue dries...

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Now, the last set of washers are intended to be glued to the backside of the cape. I ground down one side of the washers (making them slightly egg-shaped), so that when they're fastened into place, they aren't visible from the front.

WHEN the cape is ready, I'll glue the washer to the rear of the cape and then cut out the fabric that's in the hole in the middle of the washers. Then all you have to do, is place the cape over the nylon spacer that's sticking out of the latex and screw on the cape clip.

Doing it this way, leaves PLENTY of room between the armor and the cape clip...


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Now, instead of having the fabric of the cape getting a lot of weight placed onto it, it's pretty well supported by the nylon washer that's glued to it and then resting on the nylon spacer.

Like this...


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I think it came out pretty damned good. emoticon






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Awesome info!!! :up emoticon

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bravo, [sign in to see URL]!

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nice i will have to tray that

 :cheers :cheers

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You are now in charge of all cape clip projects I have.

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Awesome tutorial!
Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks. emoticon






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Wow great tutorial man.

Now i just gotta look for those supplys in our local hardware shop, wich is a treasure hunt itself because the store is so huge and im not even sure if they are called the same in swedish. :p

Im deffently gonna do this with a set of my own clooney cape clips.

Thanks for sharing.
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Yeah, I kinda' lucked out that these parts were still in stock. Usually when I go there to get something hard to find, they're all out of 'em.

It worked out this time.







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sweet tutorial bro
you're on a roll :)

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