Italicised items also used elsewhere in costume, listed or otherwise
Materials used: blue and black webbing dog leads; a pair of old knee-high black socks; leather ribbon; buckles*; glue; velcro; strong needle and thread; black sharpie.
*Let me know if you’d like to purchase some of these.
I recommend you start by measuring the diameter of your lower arm to get an idea of the length of the strips you’ll be using, and deciding roughly how far up your arm you want it to go – I left out a couple of straps because my arms are shorter than Zoe Saldana’s, so the ratio of arm to glove would have been way off.
I also strongly recommend you get someone’s help for the gloves, as I did for the much more successful second glove. It’s nigh-on impossible to do this with one hand.
Here’s how I recreated the woven pattern:
Imagine a straight vertical line (black). The crossing points of each side should all fall roughly on this line. Then imagine perpendicular lines coming off this line (red). The angle of the straps is roughly 10 degrees from this red line, so the top edge of each strap should match up with the 10 degree lines (green).
Simply cut your sections of black webbing (shown here in different shades of blue for ease of viewing) and lay them down according to the pattern above. I started from the top. Make V shapes, with the point of intersection laying roughly on the black centre line (as indicated by the red dot). Make sure the upper right corner of the webbing on top is below the line of the other strap (as indicated by the second red dot).
If you’re aiming for total screen accuracy, add an extra strip of dark blue material behind one side of every third or fourth black V, with just a couple of millimetres showing. You may also want to add in thinner straps with buckles (which fall along the 90 degree red line). The 3D printer buckle pattern my team created for this costume can be downloaded free from dropbox here. Ask around – you may be able to access a printer! Otherwise, suitable substitutes shouldn’t be too hard to make or find.
Now to transform it into an actual glove.
Taking your black socks, cut the foot away to form a tube. The top of the sock can act as the final horizontal strip across the top of your woven pattern. Slip it onto your arm, and make a small hole for your thumb to go through. (Excuse the track-pad drawn “illustrations”).
Figure out where on your arm you want your woven pattern to lie, and attach it to the sock along the original black line at the centre of the Vs. I did this by pinning then a quick running stitch (warning – the several layers of material necessitate a strong needle!).
After this, all there is left to do is trim the webbing to size (if necessary) and attach your velcro (with help from a friend), either in one long strip or several small ones.
Et voilà: A glove you can slip on like a sock and then fasten at the back with velcro. Tips and warnings: if you think you’ve got a dark enough blue, you’re wrong. As you can see above, it stands out a mile off. The blue strips should barely even ‘read’ as blue from this sort of distance. If you’re waxing your own denim for the waistcoat and/or legs, use that – it’ll also be thinner and easier to sew through than another layer of webbing. The other glove, not pictured, did not quite stick to my strict 10 degree rule, and therefore did not look as good. It only got shifted to about 20 degrees, but the damage was done. The stud here is also gold instead of silver, and, on this glove, the leather straps are perfectly straight. On the other one I twisted them around a little, which I recommend. I’ll only take a brief look at the rings, because I added detail to one of them which fell off right before comic con, and I also cannot recommend any, as the ones I ordered from eBay (China) came very stained and tarnished. It’s to be expected, but I still won’t recommend them. A search for silver band rings should do the trick – they’re generally cheap, so steer clear of designers peddling the same rings for ten times the price…I also got a couple of my rings from a car boot (yard) sale. On the forefinger, the ring is a wide band effectively split into two partway round, and with a slope. The pinky finger has the texture of three fine bands placed close together, and on the other hand, the forefinger ring appears studded at wide intervals. For the middle finger I attempted a dumbbell effect by gluing three silver beads to the ring, but these fell off at an inopportune time; at this stage, the level of detail is up to your metalworking/sculptural skills.