Welcome to my how to make a Captain America shield project. There are other builds on the internet but for me they fall into two categories, either a complicated build that turns out a bit heavy and expensive, or something like a round sledge re-purposed with flimsy, slightly sharp edges. Now there’s nothing wrong with either of those but they tend to be a set size only, and once they are built you have to go out and buy the stuff again to make another. I wanted not only a full size 2 foot 6 inch Captain America shield but custom sizes, and to make as many to any quality I felt like.
- Due to requests I now have a dedicated parts page for this project.
With this build technique you could literally set up a Captain America shield factory production line, and probably do very nicely judging from how many people wanted to buy my shield. Great for wall art, cosplay, profit or just for fun.
How to make a Captain America shield
How to find a satellite dish for the shield
The first step to making the shields in any quantity and size is to acquire a mould, and the best mould I could find for a full size shield was a round satellite dish. These can be found relatively cheaply on eBay, and you can pick up a bargain if you are prepared to wait a bit. Look for the dimensions of the dish to be as close to round as possible, mine was 84 x 85cm ( 33 x 33½”). Another place to snag them is at scrap yards, tips and by contacting satellite fitting firms directly for old units. The large compass used is easy to make from scrap wood, it doesn’t have to be elegant. Other alternatives and suppliers are listed in the parts page.