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02 Apr 2010 - 19:4829186
Shoulders
Hello everyone.


[img]I have a real quick question and would love if someone could give me a little bit of advice on how they would create this. The costume im createing has shoulder armor and im wondering if anyone would know a cool way to make them. someone told me to try little kids football shoulder pads and go from there. here is the character and http://www.cataclysmfrontlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Sylvanas_Windrunner.jpgIm

trying to brainstorm to find a good idea but nothing pops to my mind. what are your ideas


02 Apr 2010 - 20:0429187
Generally I would have advised foam of some sort, preferrably Plastazote, but that all depends on how you make the skulls as the armour will need to be strong enough to support them.

Mod roc might be a good idea as a base to work from, mould it around some balloons and then cut it to the right shape at the end!


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02 Apr 2010 - 20:1129188
I'D suggest for the base shoulder armour using craft foam backed with the densist white buckram as itll keep it rigid and stiff, although plastazote is good, to stop the paint from cracking, you have to latex is, and isoflex it, which i doubt youll wana do as with craft foam , you can just pva a few times, hope this helps ^_^


02 Apr 2010 - 20:1929189
lol I hate to say this im a little new with the whole costume makeing thing i do know what foam is the type that you are talking about but the other stuff i have no clue. I feel uneducated cause im sitting here not knowing what half the stuff you recomend is. but no worries ill figure it out.anymore ideas would help i want to find something that will look more realistic not too bulky and also on the same size range that would fit me and not look crazy. thank you two


02 Apr 2010 - 20:3729190
Ha ha sorry about that, basically buckrum is this stiff stuff you should find in fabric shops, its white and sometimes sandy coloured with a square weeve in it, id suggest using the white one, and basically all u need to do is make a template for the shoulders then cut them out in the buckrum and craft foam, hot glue the craft foam to the buckrum(so buckrum is on the under side)give the foam a base colour paint, then add all ur detailed painting, once done give it a couple of coats of watered down pva glue to seal it !!!

I hope that helps a little more


03 Apr 2010 - 00:2029193
Haha that helps so much that you explained it for me will be doint that this weekend along with makeing the bow.thanks again.


03 Apr 2010 - 00:5229194
You're welcome ^_^


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03 Apr 2010 - 01:3129195
happy to help


07 Apr 2010 - 19:1129396
Cheap option is the ones that people have already sugguested which is craft foam and buckrum.

If you are hapy to spend a bit more then theres Wonderflex.
Flints look under propmakers suppliies.

If you have some prop making experience (this is my personal fav matrial. I use this for nearly all my armour). Then theres FoamluxPVC sheeting (Known also as Cintra). Westward Plastics


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08 Apr 2010 - 00:0329425
It might be best to ask on cosplay.com, seeing as you appear to be from america (followed your fb link, sorry ^^) as there are a lot of more available materials in america than here in england, and they could also tell you were's best to get what's been mentioned above


08 Apr 2010 - 12:3229433
If cost is an issue, you could consider trying papier mache. I made the top shoulder pieces of my Cain armour with just that and some layers of gesso on the surface, and it ended up pretty sturdy.

You'll need to find objects of the right shape as a base to get you started. Just make sure you use lots of layers of papier mache (have patience!)

Quote Sephirayne:
If you have some prop making experience (this is my personal fav matrial. I use this for nearly all my armour). Then theres FoamluxPVC sheeting (Known also as Cintra). Westward Plastics


I've heard about Sintra being really good for prop making... but some people also warned about serious fumes from heating it because it's PVC (see half way down the page). How easy is it to use and how easy is it for it to start getting toxic? It seems such a good alternative to wonderflex...



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09 Apr 2010 - 21:1829525
Quote Pez:

I've heard about Sintra being really good for prop making... but some people also warned about serious fumes from heating it because it's PVC (see half way down the page). How easy is it to use and how easy is it for it to start getting toxic? It seems such a good alternative to wonderflex...


Actually there are virtually no fumes (well, no visible fumes). Well, not in my experience. You don't actually need to have it that hot to heat it up for bending. I get it at 4mm so that its not too thick but thick enough to be sturdy. I've made pretty much all my armour from it. I do wear a basic face mask just in case in a well ventilated area (which I do for all my prop making as I live in a rented house). I think its worth wearing protection when building any form of armour just to be on the safe side.

I found the fumes from fibreglass more problematic.


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