May 30, 2014 AT 5:00 pm

Using a Sled to Make Captain America’s Shield

Captain america's shield

Captain America’s shield might be made from vibranium, but you can choose to go with something lighter and more accessible to make one of your own. Instructables user trans4mation fashioned a nice looking prop from a plastic saucer sled, straps, and Rust-Oleum paint. The project cost him around $100. He prepped the shield by removing the handles and filling in the holes with repair putty. Then he drew sections out from the center of the shield and carefully etched the rings on the shield with a dremel. Here’s how he etched the star in the center:

You’ll need to go online and find a simple star that you can print to scale on standard printer paper and cut out. Everybody’s shield will vary in little ways, so I suggest that you determine the size of the star yourself. Your goal is to have all 5 tips of the star coming right to the edge of the center circle perfectly. Now, tape the star into place with painters tape and trace the star onto the shield with your sharpie again.

Now that you have your star traced onto the shield, confirm that it looks perfect and get your dremel ready. This time you’ll want to switch out the soft abrasive bit for a thicker cutting wheel. Very carefully use the cutting wheel to etch out the star to the same depth as the rings.

Captain america's shield in progress

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