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24 Aug 2009 - 16:5318724
Fabric/material for Armour

I really want to make Alita's Motorball outfit (as seen in Volume 3 and 4 of Battle Angel Alita), but the problem is: it's sort of like a armour, covering her whole cyborg-body.

Here are two pictures of her:

Alita's Motorball Outfit: Front

Alita's Motorball Outfit: Side

Some friends have already suggested using lycra or craft foam or wonderflex (which will be pretty impossible since the cost.)

Is there anyone who might know a relatively cheap fabric or material I could make her armour out?

24 Aug 2009 - 17:3718726

I can help since I've made a costume similar to this.

It is possible to use layers of thin card reinforced with papier mache as a cheap alternative but it will not last very well and some element of roughness will become apparent in the overall costume.

The base material looks like it is lycra, or even, thin neoprene (think along the lines of a summer wetsuit).

Her outfit is very organic with a lot of smooth, curved parts so your friends are correct, to make the armour look good craft foam is needed.

You can always make the base shape out of strips of card (think of cereal box type) and then cut out/heat form (briefly put the foam over a snmall gas cooker hob and then press to shape) the craft foam to place on top of the base card shape.

Ultimately it is the cost that will affect quality - the more you spend on decent materials, the better the result can be depending on how you use your skills. I look forward to this!

Katsu no wa Hyotei~♥
24 Aug 2009 - 18:4018729
Thank you very much, that was really helpful! ^^

I don't really think I'll be allowed to spend a fortune on it, but I'll certainly try my hardest not to buy the cheapest thing. In the end, if it doesn't look good, it'll be wasted money anyway.
Well, I guess I'll have to rely on my (completely not present) skill!

Is it hard to shape the foam? I mean, is it easy to 'mess up' or is it fairly easy for non-skilled people like me to use it?

24 Aug 2009 - 21:0718734
You can't ever mess up the foam shaping unless you did something like, hold the foam over the gas hob for more than a minute, in which case you'd melt ALL the foam and burn your hands XD;

If you didn't achieve the right shape when heat moulding, you can always heat ip up again and shape it again.

Katsu no wa Hyotei~♥
24 Aug 2009 - 21:4118736
I'm about to use craft foam for a large peice of armor and after looking into it and asking people on here it doesn't look too bad. Its not really expensive either. Hobbycraft sell it in their stores or online if like me you have no Hobbycraft in your town or city.

I found that looking at this tutorial - http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

And also at http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_intro.html and in particular - http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_construction.html

really helped in making armor and finding out what you can acheieve with craft foam.


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