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18 Mar 2009 - 04:1511916
Help with samurai armour
I'm looking for some foam panels or something similar that are 1/4in/1cm thick that I can use to make the chest plates of samurai armour, but I don't know where to buy them from. So far I've tried my local fabric shops, and had a look in the window of an upholstery shop but coudn't get in because they had a sofa in the doorway D: and I don't know of any other upholstery shops in the area. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Also I'm not quite sure how to attach all the plates together. I was thinking of making the chest plate in 3 pieces and putting a zipper at the back, and can probably sew the hip plates onto the bottom but I'm completely lost with attach the shoulder plates to the chest plate. The character's armour also has a sort of 'collar' piece sticking up from the top should plates. I was going to make those parts by covering card with fabric but I don't know how to get the collar effect.

Ref pic here http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/6010

Any help is appreciated! <3

18 Mar 2009 - 19:2911941
Have you got a local market? After a few of my friends started saying they got foam from their local market, I checked mine out, and I was surprised to find that mine also had a foam stall!

it may not work, but if you bend the top "collar" part of the arm armour around the straps that attatch the back and front plates, it MAY stick up at that angle (if sewn right) on it's own, especially with the weight of the rest of the arm pulling it back, but only in theory! i've never worked with foam, so I don't know if that'll even work >.<

18 Mar 2009 - 20:0411944
Plastazote sheets come in 3mm, 6mm, 1cm, etc thickness so you're fine there.

They are, however, around £5 a sheet (1m x 75cm) so not exactly cheap but they will do the job perfectly.

Have a link: http://www.flints.co.uk/acatalog/Plastazote.html

Katsu no wa Hyotei~♥
18 Mar 2009 - 23:1911955
hmm, I don't think plastazote is what i'm looking for. i just wanted the chest plate to be spongey and use fabric covered card for the rest. I'll check my local market tho.
I don't have much money either so I'm hoping to do this cheaply ^^; As long as it looks good and is glomp-proof lol

20 Mar 2009 - 01:0911994
I know this is going to sound daft but try your local B&Q for carpet underlay. Its spongey and flexable and probarly works out quite cheap.


Last edited by Sephirayne (20 Mar 2009 - 01:10) Reason: spelling
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