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    TJ Presley
  1. Jawa Build COMPLETE!

    I'm currently building a suit to join the 501st and wanted to build a suit with my son so he can come along and troop with us. We started with the bandolier...we found a new bandolier on Amazon and needed to weather it. We ran to Wal-Mart, picked up some saddle soap, black shoe polish, 400 & 125 grit sandpaper. We started by applying the saddle soap to soften the leather up. Then we proceeded outside and drug it on the driveway, beat it against a tree and dunked it a few times in a water puddle (he really enjoyed that part). Next we started scuffing the surface with 400 grit sandpaper and switched to 125 grit for the edges. Then we applied black shoe polish (sparingly) and it turned out really nice. Next up was the mask...we started with a plastic costume mask and hard hat liner that I got from Amazon. We placed 3 strips of industrial velcro on the top edge of the mask and outer edge of the hard hat liner. For the eyes, we got 2 of the smaller plastic "eggs" from the candy machine at Wal-Mart. We spray painted the bottom with orange paint and scuffed the inside of the eggs with 125 grit sandpaper. We positioned the eyes on the mask where we wanted to mount them and drilled holes in the mask and center of the egg caps. I bought a set of led "Jawa Eyes" in amber color on eBay that included a battery pack and on/off switch. Using a hot glue gun, we ran the lights through the back of the mask and glued them and the egg bottom to the front of the mask. Using another strip of velcro, we mounted the battery pack to the side of the hard hat liner. The lights did not disperse as much as we liked after we turned them on, so we used the plastic bag inside of a box of Triscuits and cut to small pieces out, crumpled them up and put them on top of the lights inside the egg. Because the plastic bag was more foggy than clear, it helped disperse the light much better. Next up was the robe and hood. We purchased 5 yards of monks cloth from Amazon - washed and dried it then measured it and started cutting. I have never sewn before...so this was all new to me but I think it turned out nice. We used a piece of co-axial cable for the hood opening. After we finished all of the sewing, we used some "Desert Bisque" Rustoleum textured spray paint to give the robe, hood and boots that dirty used look. My son also took some of the black shoe polish and rubbed it on the robe to make it look greasy. Because we live in Texas and the material, hood and mask are hot, I picked up a cooling fan set from a vendor on Facebook. We used velcro and mounted the USB battery pack and both fans to the had hat liner. They blow straight down in the suit. My son said they're cold and he can feel it all the way in his boots. We had a lot of fun and I think it turned out really good for our 1st try and something like this. Here's a few pics from our build and I'll put some links up on where I bought most of the materials below. 20170114_181712-1_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170115_191814 by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170115_192537 by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170115_193128_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170115_192927_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170115_192714_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr pixlr_20170115192342216_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170117_192356_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170117_191008_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170121_172059_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170121_172014_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170129_191048_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170129_192538_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170129_192553_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170129_205255_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170129_205309_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170130_171006_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170131_222445 by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170131_222413 by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170208_183423_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170208_185748 by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170208_184601_resized by tjpresley1978, on Flickr 20170208_190328_resized_1 by tjpresley1978, on Flickr Bandolier - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00655A8I8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Mask - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FBMR6BI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Hard Hat Liner - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QXU3J4A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Monk's Cloth - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K6GYD56/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Jawa Eyes - http://www.ebay.com/itm/STAR-WARS-Jawa-Costume-Eyes-Orange-or-Yellow-on-off-switch-your-choice-/142025639304?hash=item2111634588:g:1KkAAOSwq7JT7N~I Spray Paint - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Stops-Rust-12-oz-Protective-Enamel-Multi-Colored-Textured-Desert-Bisque-Spray-Paint-223524/100543967 Cooling Fan Kit - https://www.facebook.com/tk10727/