Since 1963, when "Tales of Suspense" No. 39 first came out, Iron Man has been thrilling comic book readers. With the recent movies, Tony Stark and his knightly alter ego have attracted a whole new generation of fans, so it's only natural that some fans might want to dress like their hero. The best place to begin building your costume, and a critical component of any Iron Man suit, is the boots. You can make your own armoured footwear with some simple materials.
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Things you need
- White craft glue
- Large bowl
- Computer paper
- Straight edge
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Red acrylic spray paint
- Clear spray art varnish
- Velcro strips
- Red tennis shoes or boots
- Red socks
Cut a piece of cardboard as long as your shin and about three times as wide. Have an assistant hold it up to your shin and mark with a pencil approximately the width of the "front" part of your lower leg. Use the straight edge to score and fold the cardboard to make a shin guard that is flat in front and has two flat panels that cover either side of your leg. Trim as needed for the desired shape.
Cut a second piece of cardboard approximately the same width, but a little shorter to allow for the bending of your knee. Have an assistant hold the cardboard up to your calf and mark with a pencil the width of back of your lower leg. Score and fold with a straight edge as for the previous piece. Test fit both pieces on your leg and make sure the edges of the back piece fit inside the sides of the shin guard.
Cut a piece of cardboard big enough to fit over the top of your shoe, covering toe to ankle and both sides. Score and fold the cardboard with a straight edge so that the top of the shoe covering is flat. Trim as needed.
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit around the back of your shoe. Score and fold so that the heel is flat.
Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for the other leg.
Prepare your papier-mache glue. Mix in the large bowl one part white glue to one part water.
Tear the newspaper into strips. Dip each strip into the papier-mache glue and wipe off the excess. Apply the glue-covered strips in straight lines to the cardboard pieces, making sure to keep the folds of the cardboard crisp and properly shaped. Put at least two layers on each side of the cardboard pieces.
Let the pieces dry, then apply a final layer of papier-mache using white computer paper. This will make your final pieces easier to paint. Let the pieces dry.
Lightly sand your dried pieces to eliminate any unwanted bumps. Do not sand so hard that you go through the top layer of the papier-mache. Blow off any dust.
Paint your armour pieces any shade of metallic, candy-apple or hot-rod red. Apply the paint by spraying in thin, even coats. Do at least two coats, or as many as needed so the papier-mache underneath isn't visible. Paint both sides of each piece, and let dry in between coats.
Spray on two coats of clear art varnish on each side of each armour piece.
Apply Velcro strips inside the shin guards and the foot pieces. Put Velcro on the outside edge of the calf pieces so that they match up with the shin guards. Place more strips on your red tennis shoes or boots to fit the foot pieces.
Suit up by putting on the red socks and red shoes. Velcro the foot pieces to your shoes, then put the shin and calf guards on your lower legs, attaching them via the Velcro strips.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to add more details to your boots, use the same methods as above and attach any new parts with Velcro.
- Be sure to work in a ventilated space when using paint or varnish.
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