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13 Dec 2013 - 11:08109576
worbla vs. craft foam
This is the first time I'm making my own costume and it involves armour.

Im going as pyrrha nikos from RWBY pyrrha reference

I have done a little research and know that craft foam is cheaper but dents easier, and worbla is more expensive but sturdier.

As i have no experince my question is what material have you used in the past and which do you prefer to use?


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13 Dec 2013 - 11:43109577
I've used worbla before and it is really as good as everyone says it is. The only thing with worbla, and I've not seen everyone mention this, is that before you paint it you should use a product like gesso to coat the worbla. If you paint straight onto worbla it can look quiet grainy close up, but the gesso gives a smooth surface for the paint to stick to if you want that super new look to the armour. If not, you can sand paper the gesso to make it look more rough and distressed. The gesso adds more strength to the worbla. Hope that helps a bit.


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15 Dec 2013 - 00:26109615
Yes that helps a lot thanks.

I didnt know you had to do that before painting worbla


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05 Jan 2014 - 01:03110064
I haven't used Worbla... even though it's been suggested to me... because I couldn't find it anywhere cheap enough at the time...

So I used eva and craft foam to make my Meredith Armour... the thinner bits I coated in resin though to give it a little extra strength. I wore is for a whole weekend in strong winds at a crowded con and had no denting at all!

I think the foam cost me £7 for the eva used, £5 for the craft foam (I already had some resin from another project, but you can pick some up for like £15 I think?).

The metallic paint was the most expensive thing about it! O:


06 Jan 2014 - 14:22110144
There's pros and cons.

EVA foam is cheaper by a long way and it heat shapes nicely too, but if you're using the floor tiles I think it's best used for bulkier costumes. I've made two Mass Effect powersuits out of them, for example, and it's been great.

I've also used the 2mm craft foam to make armour for a FFXII Fran, but it's very delicate and can't take much punishment.

I'm looking at making some Diablo 3 cosplays though this year, and those are going to be out of Worbla. I reckon that's going to be better for large, exotic shapes, but still reasonably thin looking. It's not a cheap product though. Coscraft are a good supplier, but they're out of stock at the moment. :/


09 Jan 2014 - 18:52110268
Sorry to throw another material into this ^^; but i personally used Plastazote for the bulk of my Griffith Armor with Eva Foam for the more delicate parts. Eva was easier to paint but alot mroe delicate, whereas with the plastazote i liked that once heatmolded it felt quick secure but flexable to an extent. This can be bought from multable stockists in the uk

I have just started working with Worbla and personally love IT. Its alot quicker and similar to work with than i imagined and cools firm. Its obviously more expensive that Eva but honestly i would go for Worbla =)


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