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Cowl Display


Here's a tutorial on how I made my cowl display...

Materials List:

- Picture Frame
- Acrylic Sheet - 3/16" Thickness
- Acrylic Rod - 3/4" Diameter
- Foam Sheet
- Acrylic Solvent Cement
- Decorative 'Metal' Sheet
- 5-minute Epoxy
- Felt Sheet
- Soda or Water Bottle

All the materials I've listed are pretty basic stuff and you can get them at any craft/art store. With exception of the acrylic materials... these you will need to get from a place that specializes in the material. The decorative 'metal' sheet was a little hard to come by as well. I went to 4 supply stores and only one carried the style I used.

How-to:

1. First, get a picture frame and rip away the stand. I went with one with sloped borders that fit an 8X10 picture.

2. Have an acrylic sheet cut to the size of the opening of the picture frame. At the same time, have an acrylic rod cut to the size of how high you want to mount the cowl. In my case, the rod was 17.5" long.

3. Find a decorative sheet. The design and style I went after was based on the displays used for the TDK suits and costumes when they were on tour. Again, I had some trouble finding this but it all depends on what look your'e going for.

4. Cut the decorative sheet to the size of the acrylic sheet.

5. Cut a 3/4" diameter hole in the center of the decorative sheet. This is for the rod to go thru and mate with the acrylic sheet. To get a perfect circle, you will need an Olfa circle cutter.

5. Glue the decorative sheet and acrylic sheet together.

6. Afterwards, place the sheets into the opening of the picture frame and glue the seams together from the inside of the frame with 5-min epoxy.

5. Cut up the foam sheet and back up the inside of the picture frame. Although the glue should be enough, this provides further support. Replace frame backing.

6. Now remember that hole you cut into the decorative sheet - glue the rod to the acrylic sheet thru that hole with solvent cement for acrylics. This will weld the acrylic pieces together. Do not use any other type of glue... it will not work.

7. Top off the rod with a soda or water bottle. The inside of the cowl should conform to the rounded bottom of the bottle. And you will not be able to see the bottle at all.

8. Place a felt sheet inside the cowl. It does not have to be glued and the cowl does not need to be stuffed or anything. It will hold by friction and also its own shape.

There you go. Once you have all the materials, it's about a 15 minute project. Give it a shot and please post questions if any steps are unclear.

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Great tutorial and a really awesome stand, thanks brother. Maybe post a pic in this thread so everyone can see what they're making.

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Thx bro! Edited my post and stuck a pic to it emoticon
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That's pretty genius! Where can you buy acrylic sheet and rod?

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Hey Kevin, I got it at a place called Tap Plastics here in the U.S. Hit me up if you need materials; the rod and sheet were cheap. Anyways, I need to ask you something and will send you an email shortly.
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a picture frame, that was a great idea


Taps is nice but they are over priced unless your
getting stuff out of their remnant bin. We shop at the one in SF

but Garrelli plastics in Burbank is better with their prices
because they supply the studios



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Definitely over priced... I'm in SF and it's pretty much the only place to get this kind of stuff. Once in a while I may dig in their bin to pick up some scraps for mold walls.
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Nice! Who is the sculptor of the cowl? Great cowl!
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Very nice! I may have to use this idea for my Vasoline melting cowl haha ><

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I know that this is a dead post but I read it and really would like to make a couple of these stands myself. Problem is the materials are insanely hard to find in Indiana around where I live. Any ideas where to look online for these materials? Excluding the picture frame and felt sheet. Those I found. Bu the acrylic rod and sheet, the decorative plate, foam sheet, and Acrylic Solvent Cement.

I'm fairly certain that I found the epoxy. but that can come later lol. I've been to so many of the hobby shops around my area and then some with no luck! Hopefully you guys can help.
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