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03 Jun 2014 - 09:23113905
Looking to buy EVA foam mats
Quite simple really, I've been browsing the internet for over a week now trying to find some plain black EVA foam mats I can use in the creation of some cosplay armour I have planned. I'm aware that there's plenty on eBay but every seller I've contacted has given me one reason or another why their mats are not suitable. The biggest problem I have is that I need 12mm thick mats and everyone I've contacted has mats that are only 8mm in thickness.

So if anyone knows a safe website (Or even yourselves) where I can buy about 12 EVA foam mats, 600mm X 600 mm with with the usual one side smooth one side rough i'd be very greatful


03 Jun 2014 - 17:04113918
i know its not eva foam but how about yoga mats? they pretty much do the same job, and you can buy them on ebay for cheap


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03 Jun 2014 - 17:18113921
Quote J-Po:
i know its not eva foam but how about yoga mats? they pretty much do the same job, and you can buy them on ebay for cheap


Oddly enough, alot of Yoga mats are actually made out of EVA foam.The problem with them however is that they tend to be too thin for what I am trying to do, or they have this weird crinkly pattern which allows you to roll them up which ruins the whole thing. I specifically need 12 mm thick, EVA foam sheets since they are strong, sturdy and they have one smooth side and one rough side which is perfect for what I am trying to achieve. Normal EVA foam sheets become flexible under intense heat which allows me to mold the chest piece over myself rather than try and force is into shape with glue or something.



Last edited by MattyBoy (03 Jun 2014 - 17:19)
03 Jun 2014 - 19:02113932
If you are trying to mould EVA foam I wouldn't use 12mm, its really hard to work with.
I've built Mass Effect armour from EVA, which included a moulded chest piece and although I has some 12mm foam I only used it in a couple of places, most of it was 8mm and 6mm foam which was much easer to work with and form into shape with a heat gun, I especially like high density 6mm (I got it as fitness mats from Sports Direct), it was easier to cut cleanly, had a smooth surface and shaped with heat well, but was strong enough to stand up by itself.

But if you must have 12mm or other thicknesses I've seen LD45 Plastazote (A brand of EVA) from http://www.thamesvalleysupplies.co.uk/plastazote.php recommended by builders of Iron Man and Halo suits.


03 Jun 2014 - 19:47113934
ah i see, ebay would be the place i woul go to, I have tried plaz but i found it too stiff if you need ti to shape in dual ways.


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03 Jun 2014 - 20:39113938
Quote HelenaLove:
If you are trying to mould EVA foam I wouldn't use 12mm, its really hard to work with.
I've built Mass Effect armour from EVA, which included a moulded chest piece and although I has some 12mm foam I only used it in a couple of places, most of it was 8mm and 6mm foam which was much easer to work with and form into shape with a heat gun, I especially like high density 6mm (I got it as fitness mats from Sports Direct), it was easier to cut cleanly, had a smooth surface and shaped with heat well, but was strong enough to stand up by itself.

But if you must have 12mm or other thicknesses I've seen LD45 Plastazote (A brand of EVA) from http://www.thamesvalleysupplies.co.uk/plastazote.php recommended by builders of Iron Man and Halo suits.


Thanks a bunch for the advice, I'm gonna try it with 8mm foam and see how it goes. My only concern is the armour I'm trying to make is rather bulky (ODST armour from the Halo franchise)and I was concerned that such thin foam wouldn't look right.


03 Jun 2014 - 23:32113943
The shape of the armour gives the bulk not the thickness of the material.

If you are making Halo armour go over to the 405th http://www.405th.com/forum.php they are the halo armour experts and you can get tons if first hand advice


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