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The Biker Scout Project

The Biker Scout Project

Earlier this year we were asked to participate in ‘The Biker Scout Project’. We were handed a Biker Scout lid in kit form and tasked with building the helmet but adding our own spin on the traditional helmet. For us the decision of how to proceed was quite easy, we based our build on our favourite Star Wars helmet ‘Boushh’. We were extremely honoured to be asked to take part in this, the list of our fellow contributors is an amazing array of truly talented artists, some of who we are proud to call friends and some we are pleased to have as new friends.

All of these unique helmets are to be displayed at Celebration Europe in July and will be auctioned later with the proceeds going to ‘Make a Wish’, none of these helmets will ever be replicated so don’t miss your opportunity to bid and own one. Please take the time to visit the ‘Biker Scout Project’ Facebook page and like / share it.

Here’s a quick look at how our helmet was built.

First step was to build the biker kit, we then cut off the lower roll that runs around the back and ears, this was raised and grafted back on. We also grafted on the upper visor from the Boushh helmet. After this we roughly sculpted some extension to the roll as a nod to the the Boushh helmet shape.


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These foam extensions were then cast and vacuum moulded in ABS. We then grafted these in place and the whole helmet was smoothed with filler. The helmet was then detailed with all screen accurate Boushh greeblies, before moving onto the painting.

First several layers of primer.

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Then silver, building up the weathering as we went.



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Followed by the many different layers and shades that make up the Boushh helmet (many more than we photographed)

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Finally we added the characteristic leather, range finder, modified the snout greeblie, installed the visors, lighting and even lined it out for comfort. Then just to finish it off we created a custom stand for it to sit on.

Clothears our proud to present the finished piece titled ’50,000. NO LESS’



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May 11, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Fabric shopping in London & Madame Tussauds

DSC00132 DSC00133 DSC00134 DSC00136 DSC00139 DSC00140 DSC00151 DSC00157 DSC00159 DSC00160 DSC00166 DSC00168 DSC00173Just arrived back from a fantastic short break in London. We made a visit to see the Star Wars display at Madame Tussauds and visited all the fabric suppliers. We have arrived home with three suitcases full of fabrics and suppliers mailing out cloth to us after the Easter break. It was a very fruitful trip and one we thoroughly enjoyed.


Thursday we visited the central London fabric suppliers but had little luck locating the materials were looking for. It was an interesting day, the current trend for Super Hero movies is really starting to reflect in the fabric shops, they seem to be full of neoprene, leather and foams. It seems the shops have locked on to Cosplay and are now supplying all kinds of materials, not just your everyday clothing materials.


On Thursday evening we booked a late tour around Madame Tussauds. We haven’t been for a long time and seeing as they currently have the Marvel 4D exhibition and Star Wars exhibition on, we had to make the journey south to examine our fabric and hardware. Late 2014 we were contacted by Merlin Entertainments to purchase some of our Anakin Skywalker fabric, Qui Gon Jinn belt buckle and the Obi Wan Kenobi belt buckle we sell on our website. These items can now be seen as part of the display. There are 10 scenes from the film to see and have your photo taken with. An amazing amount of detail has been applied to the wax figures and the costumes have been replicated amazing well, almost as good as ours. It is well worth a trip for any Star Wars fan. See attached photos


Friday we visited the East End fabric suppliers and weren’t disappointed. We started the day with one empty suitcase and came away with two suitcases full, plus fabric we could’t carry being mailed back to us. It was great. The suppliers were fun to deal with and helpful with our quests. They also spoke of the costume designers from the Force Awakens visiting the shops.


March 27, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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2nd Place

Congratulations to our fantastic Apprentice Kara Harney for winning second place in the cosplay competition at Liverpool MCM Comic Con last weekend wearing one of her own creations. She is very talented and a real asset to the team.


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March 18, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Meet Elstree

This is Elstree, little brother to Pinewood. As you may have seen early in our blog, last year we had a workshop built in the garden which we named Pinewood due to its colour and construction material. Now bursting at the seams we have brought home a 1969-1971 kit caravan who we have named Elstree. Elstree will be our little haven across from the workshop to have quiet cup of tea, research and develop new costume ideas. Once loved by its family it has travelled the alps and seen the world. Now it is taking a well deserved rest and is to become treasured by the team at Clothears. As we restore the little caravan we will post photos.



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Since bringing Elstree home we have been very busy bringing the little caravan back to life. Firstly we have removed all the rotten wood from the interior and replaced it with nice new plywood. Then we stripped off the interior roof lining and all the old wallpaper, we then sanded and polished both the exterior and interior, and resealed the roof with what looks like white treacle. Now water tight and fully dried out we are ready to start rebuilding. The electrician has been and re-wired, fitting the vintage lights. The fabric has been delivered to the caravan upholsterer, I know, if we had the time we would of made them ourselves but they are in reliable hands. We have chosen a replica London Underground fabric for the seating, it is the Piccadilly Line cloth in ruby red. Both of us having family connections to public transport we thought this fabric would be fitting. We can’t wait to see them. We have built a new kitchen area out of scaffolding and old fire doors and managed to source a replacement table from an auction website. It’s all coming together just in time for the good weather.

More progress soon


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Update

New roof lining going up, what a challenge this was. It was like trying to wallpaper a very uneven ceiling. First the foam insulation and then the roof liner. unfortunately we ran out of glue so there is still half to do.

Next was the floor. First the waterproof insulation and then the laminate flooring. There is all the finishing now left to apply and the curtains to make. Hopefully we will soon be in.

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January 30, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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The Force Awakens Christmas party

We managed to get to see the film at our local cinema and throughly enjoyed it. For those who have not yet seen it do go, there is everything you expect from a Star Wars film.

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December 23, 2015  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Star Wars – The Force Awakens – London Film Premier

Star Wars – The Force Awakens – London Film Premier

We watched this event on the telly as many of you probably did. It was nice to see the celebrities being interviewed on the red carpet and clips from the film. It was extra special for us as several of our costumes made an appearance. The UK Garrison trooped the event and showed off our Jedi and Officer costumes.

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December 23, 2015  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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For the Love of the Force – Manchester 4th, 5th and 6th November

For the Love of the Force – Manchester 4th, 5th and 6th November

For the Love of the Force – Manchester 4th, 5th and 6th November

Wow, what an event this was. Where in the UK can you get to see a full size X-wing, AT-ST walker, Jabba’s Palace, Cantina Bar and Giant Scout trooper helmet. This event had everything. There were artists in residence painting over the three days, the Manchester Philharmonic Orchestra playing the themes from Star Wars, costumers dressed as a wide variety of characters from the film, Celebrities signing, Star Wars themed food and drink plus a whole hall of traders selling anything Star Wars related.

Our favourite moment had to be the live make-up application from Shaune Harrison. He was applying the Bib Fortuna make-up to Alan Ruscoe (Original make-up artist and original actor from the Prequel films). It was great to see it all come together. We had researched, patterned and made the costume to dress Alan, using the little amount of reference material available. Seeing Alan in full make-up and costume and then having our photo taken with him was the icing on the cake, definitely a photo for the wall.

We would like to thank Carl Whitely for inviting us along to exhibit some our collection. Well done on a fantastic event, we look forward to the next one.


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December 23, 2015  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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MCM Comic Con – Birmingham November 21st – 22nd

MCM Comic Con – Birmingham November 21st – 22nd
This was a great event, the usual huge turnout from the public in great Cosplay costumes, lots to see and do and ideally timed for Christmas shopping. Exhibiting alongside the UK Garrison, Rebel Legion, Reel Icons and the UK Predators this display had more sets and things to see and interact with. We took along our Bane, Boushh and Darth Maul costumes. The Emperor was set to make an appearance but unfortunately time got the better of us and he had to stay home.
We managed to see some fantastic costumes, our favourites being Oogie Boogie, Nosey Bonk and the young girl unicorn. We also got to meet the two blue Twi-lek who had travelled far from overseas to be there. We hope you fully enjoyed your stay in the UK and enjoyed your time in costume as much as we enjoyed seeing you in character. You can visit there website at http://www.twobluetwileks.com/

December 23, 2015  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Star Wars Celebration London 2016

Star Wars Celebration London 2016

As everyone may have heard by now, Celebration Europe is heading back to the UK for 2016. It is being held at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre on July 15th-17th and we are attending. It has been eight long years since the event was lest held in the UK, an event we hold dear in our hearts. This was the first huge Star Wars event we made costumes for. Back then attended as a foursome – Lee (Jude’s cousin), his wife Rebecca, Jude and myself. We decided we would make a team of Jedi and attended the event as Obi Wan, Anakin, Luminara and Shaak Ti. The hours of preparation paid off and we loved it. For anyone thinking of attending the event next year book it now, don’t leave it or all the tickets will be gone. As a reminder of that weekend here is a photo of the four of us.

August 30, 2015  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Clothears supply fabric and buckles for Madame Tussauds Star Wars exhibition

You may be interested to know that a while back we were contacted by the Merlin Group who were interested in purchasing fabric for the new Madame Tussauds Star Wars exhibition (though they did not disclose this at the time). They purchased from us our ‘Anakin Skywalker tunic fabric’, one of our ‘Qui Gon Jinn buckles’ and an ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi buckle’ all of which can now be seen in their London Display.

You may also be interested to know that we have a limited supply of the tunic fabric available to purchase from the Fabric and Haberdashery section of the website.

We have yet to find the time to travel to London to see the exhibition for ourselves but our friends in the UK Garrison attended the opening and have kindly given us permission to share this picture of Phil battling Anakin.

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August 30, 2015  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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