Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A "real" Captain America shield

This project came into existence when I saw my nephew playing with a flimsy shield made out of construction paper. Pbbbt! Not acceptable in my book. So after promising him I would make him a "real" Captain America shield, I set out to gather materials and plan the project.

I decided to go with a silver, metallic blue and metallic red scheme to loosely mimic the shiled used in the movies as opposed to the flat bright colors seen in the comic book. Wanting something durable for the base shield itself (needed to be metal to fulfill the "real shield" requirement) I settled on a 20" pizza pan which was light enough for a kid to hold up but hopefully wont be knocking any baby teeth out.

From there two lengths of a leather belt were cut and riveted on using a rivet gun. Following that  several coats of a white primer were sprayed on (not pictured).  This was followed by the first color which was a metallic silver which was sprayed on under they other two colors. The blue and red were also paints with a metallic flake in them for a rich sparkly color.

The process of painting the stripes and the star was a major headache that involved masking, using an exact o knife, painting, and re-masking which required many touch ups.

Two cans of automotive acrylic lacquer clear coat were used to prevent against chipping the underlying spray paint and create a glossy top coat.

My original plan was to add some hardcore looking battle damage (scratches and burns) like in the movie however the different layers of paints sitting on top of each other were too fragile for this.


  1. Where did you find that pizza pan? I was gonna make one out of a trash can lid but would rather use a pizza pan for the smooth look.