I've been making a lot of paper towel goodies lately and thought I'd show a step-by-step of the process I used to make ponchos for my Mudtroopers.
• 1 sheet of plain paper towel, no designs or brands imprinted on it if you can manage it.
• Hockey tape + Scissors
• Paper Clip + Wire cutters (For a wired collar)
• Gel Superglue
• Clear Floor Polish
• Carnation Ribbon (optional)
Your Paper Towel.
Fold the paper towel in half. You can glue both sides together. This will help strengthen the material, and still allow for a good 'drape' on the figure after shaping.
As an alternative you could line one side of the paper towel with strips of hockey tape, though this could make the material 'stiffer', with a bit less 'drape'.
After the fold, cut the towel in half.
Fold one corner of the paper. This will serve as the 'hood' area. The mudtrooper ponchos were based off the Russian Plash Palatka.
Flatten and cut your paper clip. Make sure to not make the wire too long. The wired collar assembly will be installed just below the fold area.
Cut a section of hockey tape. Fold the tape over the ends of the wire, then over on itself. This will help prevent the wire from punching through the material, and your fingers.
Trim the tape. Position the wire assembly with the wire towards the top, just below the fold for the hood.
Secure the wire assembly with either more tape, or gel super glue. Here I did both.
Flip the paper over, run a bead of glue along the edges and apply carnation ribbon. This can serve as a cosmetic feature, and also a little extra binding for the two halves of the paper.
You have two ponchos!
Paint. Using diluted acrylic, apply several coats of paint, allowing the material to dry in between application. Do this to both the outside and inside of the ponchos.
Floor Polish application. Brush it on, at least one coat or two, both sides, allowing the material to dry in between application.
Once dry, form the wire around the neck of your figure. You can also add a bit of carnation ribbon as a retention string to help keep the poncho secure.
Paint the ribbon, then apply floor polish for a little extra stiffness.
Then you're all set. You can apply weathering and dry brushing on top of the floor polish if you see fit.