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Cardboard '89 Boot Armor Tutorial


Thanks to Dave for giving me the measurements.

I couldn't match them exactly, but here is my attempt to make some worthy '89 boot armor on a budget. Here is a tutorial on how I made these out of items from the hardware store...

Using a really dense cardboard tube (normally used for pouring concrete in to make concrete poles & stuff) and a utility knife with a really sharp fresh blade, I cut out a 12x12 section. The cardboard was so dense that it was hard to cut even with a fresh blade (enough to make 2 of them).

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Then cut that section into two 12x6 pieces. Then drew & cut the basic shape out, trying to stay as close to the measurements as I could.

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I cut the upside down V shapes separately (man those were hard to cut).

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Then glued the V shapes onto the shin guards & sprayed a few coats of Plasti Dip on them.

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I know they aren't symmetrical, but it's my first shot at this... I like the one on the left better then the one on the right.

Next step to make them more durable I was thinking of sealing them by brushing on a few coats of transparent resin to make them nice, hard & more durable.

What do you guys think?

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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


Clever. :wink







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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


Does anyone know how I could make a mold of the the one on the left So I can cast two identically out of Resin?

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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


They have this stuff at Michaels for $20.00 its to vials of clay that when combined it makes a latex molding compound that stiffens in less than 10 minutes I got some locally and was amazed at what it can do. not sure of the name of it but it's by the baby hand molding stuff :up

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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


The originals were made of leather so have you thought about glueing some pleather to them- I'm not saying this would be easy but it would look great.

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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


nice idea!

looks good too :)

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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


I could talk you through making a mold of it if you like:
cavedwellar[@]gmail[dot]com

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Hey Brin :mail

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Re: Made some 89 Boot Armor...


 :up :up
'Major poimts here for your enthusiam,ingenuity and craftyness as it is. Cool bro.
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dude that is a clever i idea. i spose anything that has the same sort of hardness to it could be used as well.

nice work dude :up

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