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20 Jun 2014 - 08:48114227
Secret Tips of the Trade?
I'm genuinely curious about this, In my time cosplaying I've noticed there's some people who have their own little secrets within the community, be it how they made a certain piece look like a certain texture or how they made their cosplay flash like a christmas tree.

While I'm sure there is many people out there who are very open about their techniques (I for one am quite happy to explain a fellow member of the community how things are contracted) does anyone who's open still have their own little 'trade secrets' that they just choose not to share except for everything else?

Again it is curiosity and no I'm not asking what these secrets are, I'm merely wondering who has their own little tips they keep to themselves


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24 Jul 2014 - 11:43114855
I've got a bunch.
I work in construction and have access to materials that a significant number of cosplayers wouldn't normally think to use.
You'd be amazed at the things you can do with certain kinds of roofing insulation.


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24 Jul 2014 - 19:41114863
Quote KakarotVersion5:
I've got a bunch.
I work in construction and have access to materials that a significant number of cosplayers wouldn't normally think to use.
You'd be amazed at the things you can do with certain kinds of roofing insulation.


Yes, we use that. Pink/yellow foam board XD; Excellent for carving.


28 Jul 2014 - 05:39114906
metal sheen...?
I wish I could contribute something useful, but what I got is a question. How can you achieve a convincing metal sheen for armor when you're using alternative materials like cardboard, insulation or rubber sheets? Spray painting with white or silver is passable enough, but I always thought they also make the armor look flat. =/ Anybody have some tips..?


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28 Jul 2014 - 07:52114908
Quote Kiki47:
I wish I could contribute something useful, but what I got is a question. How can you achieve a convincing metal sheen for armor when you're using alternative materials like cardboard, insulation or rubber sheets? Spray painting with white or silver is passable enough, but I always thought they also make the armor look flat. =/ Anybody have some tips..?


I've not used it myself, but you can buy rolls of sticky film that's mirrored on one side. It's designed for windows but it might be worth having a look at


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28 Jul 2014 - 08:33114909
Quote Kiki47:
I wish I could contribute something useful, but what I got is a question. How can you achieve a convincing metal sheen for armor when you're using alternative materials like cardboard, insulation or rubber sheets? Spray painting with white or silver is passable enough, but I always thought they also make the armor look flat. =/ Anybody have some tips..?


Use something like rub and buff. It'll stop the armour looking flat because it'll cause colour variations and will make the armour look less smooth. If you use a couple of different colours you can also shade it / make it look worn and dirty!


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