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16 Aug 2009 - 02:4318392
3mm thick craft foam?
Since my brother has relented and unblocked Cosplay island (we split bandwidth sadly and he controls it and blocks EVERYTHING -_-) I can finally ask a flipping question XD

My question is, where on EARTH can I buy 3mm thick craft foam, or funky foam that either ships to the UK or is in the UK?
I have been scouring the net for hours and its all sites saying they don't ship out of the US. It has got to be 3mm thick and so far every UK site is selling funky foam in 2mm only. Gah! D8 Ebay brings up zote foam, which isnt the same :S

Does anyone know of a place that will sell it? Just don't mention Hobby craft (unless they sell 3mm foam online), my town hasn't got one XD

I'm attempting to make Gwendolyn's wings and armor from it and have been told that 3mm thick foam is the best one to use, as 2mm is too thin and will break and 6mm is just too thick for leg armor and wings.
http://mirr.byus.net/attach/1/1573903516.jpg

Picture thar for you.

Thank you all and sorry for being a pain in the bum! D8


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Last edited by Member-XI (16 Aug 2009 - 11:33)
16 Aug 2009 - 11:0918396
Depends where you live.
I know that they definately do it in the UK because my Raiden costume is practically made of the stuff
Theres a shop in Hull called "The Drawing Group" but I'd imagine most art shops would supply it.
Also, 66p for A4
£1 for A3

Hope this helps


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16 Aug 2009 - 11:1018397
GAH I didn't see that it needs to be 3mm exactly >.< sorry


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16 Aug 2009 - 11:3718399
Is the stuff you are using 2mm?
I've been told by a lot of people that 2mm would tear for what I'm doing but if you've made a body suit out of it for Raiden (Which looks fantastic by the way, I was looking at your pics ) then it might work if its backed with styrene in .020 mebbe? I'm just very worried by the way everyone is saying to me 'IT MUST BE 3MM THICK!' that 2mm might tear if I tried to shape it as much as i'm looking to do. Its mainly the leg armor that would push 2mm to its limits and risk tearing it or melting it. D8


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Last edited by Member-XI (16 Aug 2009 - 11:38)
16 Aug 2009 - 11:5518401
Well I've managed to do the feet with 2mm and they take a lot of wear from walking and its still held together nicely.
But you could double it up?


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16 Aug 2009 - 12:0718402
It's very likely that if your not getting any results then 3mm craft foam is a US only product.

I've personally never had any trouble with the 2mm craft foam (I just measured my foam XD) and I've even made shoe covers out of it before (Steiner from FFIX) - they were perfectly fine all day and didn't rip at all. Heck I've never had the problem of ripping craft foam before... I didn't even back it up with anything, it was perfectly fine xD

Bawww, speak of the devil - I just melted my craft foam lolol. That was due to my idiocy though xD;


16 Aug 2009 - 12:1018403
Quote CrystalNeko:
Bawww, speak of the devil - I just melted my craft foam lolol. That was due to my idiocy though xD;


It melts?!
I didn't know that


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16 Aug 2009 - 12:2518404
Apparently so XD It's the first time I've melted my craft foam - then again this time I used a lighter rather than the normal cooking method (because I really couldn't be bothered to turn on the cooker just to melt a bit of hot glue...)

Serves me right for staring at the hot glue and not paying attention to the foam itself


16 Aug 2009 - 12:2718405
Quote CrystalNeko:
It's very likely that if your not getting any results then 3mm craft foam is a US only product.

I've personally never had any trouble with the 2mm craft foam (I just measured my foam XD) and I've even made shoe covers out of it before (Steiner from FFIX) - they were perfectly fine all day and didn't rip at all. Heck I've never had the problem of ripping craft foam before... I didn't even back it up with anything, it was perfectly fine xD

Bawww, speak of the devil - I just melted my craft foam lolol. That was due to my idiocy though xD;


Eww bet all that melted foam stunk. XD

Would reinforcing the foam possibly make it stronger? I am looking into styrene as people tell me its very good for backing armor or using it over the foam, and the styrene I can get hold of thankfully. (You'd think that would be harder to get since its not available in stores o.O) Like I said, the only reason I was after 3mm so much is because its mainly US cosplayers that mention making armor from foam and have sites on it. (I got my information from http://www.tempered-steel.net/faq/ which is Shea's website where she made her Fran armor from 3mm craft foam, as well as Amethyst-Angel who mentions 3mm a lot. D8)

Sods law that the UK doesn't do something the US does. We probably made an excuse up like 'The color of 3mm foam makes children angry! UK IS DENIED!' XD


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16 Aug 2009 - 12:4418406
I didn't notice actually. It was only a small patch so it didn't smell XD (But there's an obvious brown , rough, sandpaper like patch in the middle of my armour now *fumes*)

Reinforcing it with something will help~ I think most people just use sturdy fabric to reinforce the foam - I was too lazy to do such a thing though and it's still fine for me XD That's my bad habit though...

Ahhh I know right, it's annoying how the UK doesn't supply the same things the US does. e.g. Casa satin is another the UK doesn't supply yet people speak about it a LOT >___< It aggravates me...


16 Aug 2009 - 13:1718407
I've heard of the stiff fabric thing and before styrene I was going to do that Your Steiner looks ace and if its with 2mm foam then it must be alright to do armor in. ^-^

I'm looking into covering foam in vinyl as well as that seems very popular as well...just depends how hard it is to do! D8

If I ever go to the US I am posting myself cosplay materials! XD


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16 Aug 2009 - 15:0618409
Thank you : D

I think it's just a case of playing about and seeing what works best for you tbh. Besides - it's fun to play with so I can't see it being a problem ;D

Haha! Same same, if I ever go to the US I am definitely stocking up on whatever they have that the UK doesn't have! Plus it's all so much cheaper in the US *_*


16 Aug 2009 - 19:1618414
You don't HAVE to use 3mm foam just because a website tutorial mentions the use of 3mm foam. 2mm will work just as well, and you can back it with a thin cotton fabric.

However if you /really/ want 3mm foam, it can be bought in large sheets from Flints hire:

http://www.flints.co.uk/acatalog/Plastazote.html

Look for the £3.14 (excl. VAT) - that's the 3mm thick foam.


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16 Aug 2009 - 21:0418417
Thank you for the link Odd-one-out, tis appreciated. <3 Its not just the tutorials that have said it, most friends i've spoken to have been telling me that 2mm just wont work as well, which prompted me to believe it. Call me gullible but we all make mistakes. XD


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Last edited by Member-XI (16 Aug 2009 - 21:07)
17 Aug 2009 - 07:2418421
I believe this site has what you are looking for:

http://www.yellowcatshop.co.uk/shop/default.asp?clientid=14&gid=4dmod&txtsearch=funky%20foam&viewstate=32769&tabcatid=3500106&subcatid=3500115

They happened to call it foam fabric instead of funky foam but they are pretty much the same thing.


17 Aug 2009 - 13:2518426
Awesome, thank you Cat <3


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