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Leia ANH Belt: Metal plates shiny or opaque

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Leia ANH Belt: Metal plates shiny or opaque Reply with quote

Hello, I am working on submitting my costume for approval, but have a question on the ANH Belt. In the costume standards, it states that the vinyl or leather belt should not not be "shiny", but for the metal plates are they to be shiny silver or opaque silver? Is it okay to use plastic pieces that are painted silver metallic, either shiny or opaque? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The plates should definitely be opaque, that is, we should not be able to see through them. Do you mean shiny or matte?

If so, the belt leather should be matte, but the plates should be shiny-ish metal. We would accept plates that are painted and chromed made of other materials as long as they appear to be metal (think C-3PO). If they are obviously painted or obviously not metal, they would not be acceptable.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for the quick reply! Yes, I meant shiny or matte. I was seeking help in having the metal-look plates made and wanted to be sure, as they could make them shiny or matte. There is a vendor that makes the plates here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229530783/princess-leia-cosplay-belt-ornaments?ref=shop_home_active_6
Would these plastic plates painted a shiny metal be accepted on a matte pleather belt?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think they will be accepted. The plates in the picture look like they have borders inside the shape, and the material looks too much like plastic.

A good tutorial to make the belt
http://chucrew.com/Leia/belt.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, they are just too thick and don't look metal enough. Actually making the plates out of tin and button blanks is fairly easy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the advice and for the tutorial link, Jenna and Angie. I will give it a try.

And, a synthetic matte vinyl or "pleather" is acceptable for the belt fabric?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. My belt is made out of upholstery fabric from Joann's. I double-layered mine so it's more firm.
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