Make costume gauntlets out of foam and paint them to look like solid metal, including a free pattern for these Lord of the Rings Nazgul or Ring Wraith gauntlets.How to make DIY Nazgul gloves for your Lord of the Rings costume or cosplay | Costume glove | foam gloves made to look like metal for a Halloween costume

My family loves the Lord of the Ring trilogy of movies, so we all decided to dress up as characters from the movie for Halloween. I’m going to be posting about all of our costumes soon, including more details about the Nazgul costume and his sword made from wood. So come back soon.DIY Nazgul costume for Halloween or Cosplay with foam gauntlets

In the meantime, here is a step-by-step tutorial of how we made, painted, and assembled these cool gauntlets out of foam. Be sure to download the free template so you can make your own.

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Nazgul Gloves Template

Download the free template and print it out. Cut out each piece of the pattern along the solid black lines. (Do not cut the dotted lines—those show were to make folds.)

Get the free printable Nazgul Gauntlet Template here.

Cut the Foam Pieces

Trace the paper template pieces on thin black foam and cut out the correct number of parts of each (For example, a thumb piece will say “cut 2,” so you will need to trace that piece on the foam twice and cut out both). Since my foam is black I used a silver Sharpie so it was easy to see where to cut. I also found it useful to number the back of the each piece so I didn’t mix up the pieces since several look very similar.Label the template pieces for the Ring Wraiths gauntletsGauntlet pieces cut from foam and put together to form a Nazgul hand

Heat Seal the Foam and Score on the Score Lines

I used an iron to heat the foam between paper bags so it wouldn’t melt onto my iron. I also used the point of the bone folder tool to create deep scores while folding over the foam. The scoring (or folding) creates some dimension in each piece. For the finger pieces, after heating them, I held them on a metal pipe to help form a curve.Free template or pattern parts for foam gauntlets

Prep for Painting the Nazgul Gloves

I used painters tape to attach the pieces of the glove on to a cardboard box in the order where they go. The tape prevented them from flying all over the place when I spray painted them. Putting them in order makes to paint job look good when they are attached to the glove.Paint foam with PlastiDip to seal the foam and so that other paint with adhere to it

I sprayed Plasti Dip to seal the foam more and help other spray paints adhere better. I had hoped it would make the pieces a little more stiff too, but it didn’t. Just a side note, the Plasti Dip in the link is a “gun metal” color. I just used black, but gun metal sounds like it would look really cool.Foam gauntlet pieces painted with plastiDip

Paint the Pieces

I used Rust-oleum metallic finish to spray lightly over the black Plasti Dip. Since Nazgul gloves are old and weathered, I didn’t want it too shiny. I also painted the gloves just a little with a rust finish spray paint to add some weathering and rust to the gloves. Painting the pieces in order made the rust spots look right later when I sewed the pieces on.Paint the pieces of the Nazgul costume gauntlet template pieces

The Gloves Under the Gauntlets

I had some old brown work gloves that I used as the base for the gauntlets. To darken and weather the brown, I used black shoe polish. I just put the gloves on and dipped them into the shoe polish a little at a time until I got the effect I wanted.Make cloth gloves look dark, worn, and weathered for a costume

Sew the Foam onto the Gloves

I have seen several tutorials that used a glue gun to attach foam, but I was worried that it might not stick well. So I decided to sew on each piece. This allowed the foam to have a little movement as I moved my fingers. I had an old metal pipe that I inserted into each finger that helped prevent me from sewing through the wrong part of the glove.Nazgul Gauntlet pattern pieces sewn onto the glove

Stitch the finger pieces on base gloves first.  I stitched each piece twice along the back edge. Start at the tip of the finger with piece #A and move backwards sewing on the different parts until you get to piece #D. Piece #D should reach the ridge of your knuckles.Put together the parts of the costume gauntlet pattern

Stitch the remaining hand pieces starting with piece #6. Attach it to the wrist area at the base of the glove. I stitched this piece at the back of the wrist piece and front of the wrist piece and front center of the piece because I felt like it would need extra strength. I then stitched piece #5 to top of #6. This helped with the transition to the other scales. I then attached piece #4, #3, #2 and #1 overlapping each a little.DIY Nazgul costume gauntlets or gloves

With so many separate pieces, these gauntlets bend and move easily, plus they are pretty comfortable since they are made from foam. Although the finger tips are pointy, so be careful.Lord of the Rings Nazgul costume close-up of metal-looking gauntlets

These costume gauntlets look perfect with our Lord of the Rings Nazgul costume. The gloves are perfect for holding the sword. Be sure to come back in a week or so to see how to make the sword and the rest of the costume.

 



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