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13 Sep 2013 - 16:43107152
Plastic working
Good afternoon all!

So, I want to make my Edward Elric arm and leg outta plastic. Unlike my terribly rushed last costume, I want this to be reusable!

I bought a sheet of Worbla's Finest Art from Coscraft, which is great stuff! I was wondering if there was anything of similar quality, but cheaper? At £30 for 750 x 1000, it isn't terribly priced.

Final question: painting plastics? Is a spray paint sufficient?

Many thanks all!

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Last edited by Melvinator (15 Sep 2013 - 13:38) Reason: Wrong price!
19 Sep 2013 - 21:55107367
Hey there Melvinator

As far as I'm aware, there isn't anything out there that's similar to Worbla and cheaper yet... if there is, I want some!! haha

The most similar thing we have to Worbla is Wonderflex (which is more difficult to work with and more expensive... or so I've been told), and recently Coscraft has gotten Kobracast in but I don't think that would work as well as Worbla for automail.

When it comes to painting your Worbla, you want to prime it with about 10 layers of Gesso first. Worbla's got a really bumpy surface, and gesso is a thick paint that will help fill in all the dips and smooth over all the bumps. Here's an example that Kamui did to show the difference between an unprimed piece of Worbla and a gesso'd piece: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=556247237737127&set=a.156092581085930.36032.155539481141240&type=1&theater

If I'm running short on time for something that needs lots of layers of gesso, I sometimes stop after 5 layers and then smooth over the rest with polyfiller. Just make sure to leave enough time for everything to dry fully otherwise it can become brittle.

20 Sep 2013 - 03:52107373
Following on from Yuka's post.

She is right. There isn't anything out yet that is similar to Worbla that is cheaper. Wonderflex is the closet but it can be tricky to get really smooth. With Wonderflex I tend to use wood glue to help it get smooth.

I use Sintra/Foamlux PVC sheeting (used for sign making). I have been able to do quite detailed work with it and it is generally cheaper than Worbla and Wonderflex. It comes smooth and is quite easy to cut. The one downside is that is isn't as easy to bend many ways so it isn't great for things like Pauldrons.

Because it is smooth it doesn't need as much priming before painting. You would need tools like a multitool and a heat gun to work with it. These are worthy investments if you are planning a lot of crafting projects.

When it comes to painting I always use acrylic paints both in paint and spray form. I tend to use PVC glue to seal (1 part water to 1 part glue) with anything that is being handled a lot. I use spray varnish for armour.

Hope that helps and happy crafting.


Last edited by Sephirayne (20 Sep 2013 - 03:54)
22 Sep 2013 - 21:55107467
Thanks very much for the responses!

I've been playing around with an A4 sheet of Worblas that I picked from Coscraft, pretty awesome stuff.

Great information, thanks for getting back to me. Once I'm getting there, I'll update this post with pictures

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