Re: [LR_Cos] Costumes
>How would you go about making the Boromir cloak clasps? The onesPewter would be strong enough, I think, if you made it thick enough.
>that look like shields. I was thinking of making a sculpt and then
>molding it to make others like it but I don't know what to use to actually
>make the piece. Pewter would be too fragile to actually hold the weight
>of the cloak.
I know many commercial cape clasps are cast in pewter, and work fine
as long as one doesn't put a lightweight one on a heavy cape.
Other options are silver- you can make the original out of almost
anything and send it to a casting company to get it cast- or white
bronze (cheaper than silver but nice-looking and strong; some casters
don't use it but others will). You could even use Sculpey or Fimo,
embedding a brass wire in it for the loop and/or hook, then painting
PMC is a possibility, but you'd need to use sterling for the
functional parts because fine silver isn't strong enough, especially
when porous. (PMC is basically pure silver dust in a binder that
makes it act like clay, then you fire it at a high temp to burn off
the binder and leave a smaller, pure silver result.) Probably other
approaches would be better than this one.