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I still recommend buying Fevereon's belt insignia if you have the money and don't like mine:
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TUTORIAL~!

I'll do my best to make this simple and understandable, but because English isn't my first language, I might make no sense AT ALL!

What you'll need:
- Craftfoam
- Wonderflex, or plexiglas for all I care
- Hot glue and gluegun
- 4 buckles
- pleather or real leather for the belt
- a red gemstone for on the belt
- Black spraypaint
- Silver paint (acryllics, I use Aleen's)
- Soldering Iron (but there are otherways of doing this)

Step 1:
Draw out the 'A' on the plexiglass or wonderflex (I used wonderflex as I had it laying around) but you draw the COMPLETE 'A', so including the leaves etc etc BUT the small leaves under the 'A'. Extend it a bit where you'll place the buckles. Cut it, and use heat to mold the extende piece around the buckle, so it's in place.
ALT. WAY: If you can't afford Wonderflex or Plexiglass, you could try and attach the buckles to the craft foam and glue cardboard behind it to make it sturdy, no clue if this'll hold, but it may help?

Step 2: Cut out two thin pieces of craftfoam, if you'd love to know the shape, check the top right pic, and it should start and end where the scribbling is ON the 'A' (but not where the buckles are placed so just on the inside of the 'A') This is because his insignia is somewhat bent that way, and we'd love to have that effect as well, right?
Glue them in place, and now with them added glue the sides and place another sheet of craftfoam over it, so all is covered, and form it a bit because with the hot glue you can. cut all the excess.

Step 3: The leaves
In the top right pic you can see how I had different layers of leaves, you can either use what I did, or find your own preferences, it's up to you, start with the lowest layers, and end with the red on top. (of course you can use whatever color craftfoam you want, I'm just glad I have a mardi gras insignia, so you know what part I mean! XD)
Also cut out two leaves for each side for UNDER the 'A', the blue ones. Hot Glue the whole thing together.

Step 4: Now all that is done, heat your soldering iron (or if you don't have one, use fire and for example a screw driver. Something with a plastic handle, or you'll have painful hands REAL quick!) and do all the details. If you're not so sure what to do, first try on other craftfoam. Draw out the design if you have to. If all that is done, I SUGGEST a layer of Gesso (I didn't but if I'd make one again I would), but you could also immediately spraypaint it black, both front and back.

Step 5: Painting
After you spraypainted it (don't worry about the buckles getting black, we'll paint them silver again) and it's dry, use silver paint for a first THIN layer so everything is dark-silver-ish. Just a faint layer so to speak. Repeat this again and again, using a dry-brush method to make it look authentic. If you're not familiar with the dry-brush method, check my Fran Helmet tutorial, or on google.

All done? Glue the gem in place and glue the belts in place with two components glue, and voila, that's your belt!

If there's any question, please let me know, I'll try to answer them! ^_^

I'll make more tutorials on request, but I have to stress that finding your own methods and solutions is part of the fun!
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Wait0wat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
This may be useful...but a video would be nice as well. Thnx
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scarface93 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
thank you so much for this tutorial! i just made my belt at this moment with pvc and craftfoam! i just need to paint it in the next days when i have the right colors! It's so beautiful how you made it!
i can show you the finished belt if you want to! ;)
thanks!
(and sorry for my english if there is any mistake, i'm from germany :p)
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Kein problem! I'm from the Netherlands (sadly my German is pretty much non-existent) I'm happy to have been able to help someone with the tutorial. I would very much like to see the finished result! ^_^
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool
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ChiliDC Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx so much xD I needed something to make my helm with but didnt know what O_O Then i saw what u used and then... BAM!!! :D!!! Wonderflex!!! thats what i need xD thx thx thxxxxx XD
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cyberarts1st Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Great job!. I also want to make this belt. your tuto is a great start for me...Thank's for sharing...:)
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome, I hope it'll help you! ^_^
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Leelas-Sketches Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is beautiful great job :)
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I hope it helps if you're making an Ezio! ^_^
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Leelas-Sketches Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
it will and thankyou very much :D xx
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oops yeah I kinda get where you're coming from.
It's hard to explain though. I'm talking on the raised part in the 'A' part (white, in the top right pic) What I did, is place a thin crescent shaped piece of craft foam, where it's raised, then glued another sheet of craftfoam (a big one) over the complete A, and cut the excess! ^_^

Does this make it a little bit more understandable?
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Chuushiri Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!

I think this is a great tutorial, but I'm very confused at Step 2. I don't understand it...

I get the rest of the tutorial though. :D
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MaYain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial~ :3
I think im going to try it ^^
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AuraRinoa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great job! Congrats!
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Tatheya Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Thank you! That will help me alot.
I already finished the shirt with the pattern. I used fabric paint for it, but that still took hours.
see :
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks wonderful!
Mine's paint as well btw.. took hours as well! But imagine embroidering? Though I never thought of Ezio's pattern to be embroidered... it's to... I dunno.. flat?
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Tatheya Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Ah, that's good to hear. ;) Because I saw someone around here who embroidered it.
Your're right it's quite flat and I think the embroidery could stiffen the fabric...
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ThisIsARock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
This seems so obvious I can't figure out why I didn't think of it xD

I'm very impressed by how this looks! I made mine out of cardboard, duck tape and some mat board and it's now starting to fall apart .___.;

I do want to buy Fevereon's, but I don't have the money >___>; I'll have to try this!

And wonderful job on the whole costume :) It's not an easy costume to make, for sure, and you did a beautiful job!
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