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20 Sep 2013 - 19:59107389
HELP! Wonder Woman "metal" parts!
So I have a dilemma. I am very new to the world of cosplay and I attempted a Wonder Woman costume once. A friend suggested I use craft foam to make all the "metal" parts. The issue is I just had a red corset and attached the foam to the corset with velcro. Eventually my eagle on my chest ripped from being stretched so much. The biggest issue is I am pretty busty (not by choice). Someone told me to try using spandex or some other stretchy fabric stretched over the corset and attach the foam pieces to that.

My question is how can I attach the pieces? Velcro didn't work last time and also how do i make them look more realistic. I brushed on gesso and spray painted them gold last time but you could see the brush marks through the gold paint.

Oh and any suggestions on how to make the belt would be great too!

Thanks in advance!


20 Sep 2013 - 22:02107390
attaching it would all depend on the type of corset and how that sits as for the realistic look you will need to gently sand out the brush strokes and use somthing like rub and buff that makes things look like metal ..i heard about this on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hYBDDZjgiw hope that helps

21 Sep 2013 - 09:51107394
Believe it or not, I've been asked this quite a bit during the making of my Shepard armour, by women who want to cosplay as FemShep but need to make the breastplate.

For making this kind of stuff, my recommendation is to look up Kamui - google for "Kamui Cosplay". She makes her armour parts out of materials called Worbla and Wonderflex.

Quote WonderNiki84:
The biggest issue is I am pretty busty (not by choice).

The reason I suggest Kamui is because I saw her recently at Ayacon (she did an armour workshop) and she is also pretty busty, so I imagine the methods she uses will work for you. She has YouTube tutorial videos and everything.

Do bear in mind that Worbla and Wonderflex are not cheap, and the process to make stuff out of them is involved (well, it's quicker than some methods, but certainly more involved than craft foam). The end result is generally of very high quality, though.

The other recommendation I'd have is try taking your stiff, craft foam pieces, and cutting them up into smaller bits - then, buy some elasticated strap and glue this to the backs of them. That way, when you flex, the armour will break up into smaller pieces, but when you stand straight, it should all "line up" again. This is a bit like a carapace shell, and can work pretty well.

Do bear in mind, however, that ultimately you're fighting a losing battle. Real materials (particularly armour) just simply do not flex and bend in real life the way they do in artwork The best advice I could give you here is to look again at what you're trying to make, and try to interpret it given what you now know about wearing it. Your final result will look a bit less like the original model, but will be closer to how that character would appear in real life. I had to make countless small modifications to my Shepard armour to make it wearable, as if you made it precisely to spec, you'd hardly be able to move!

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