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04 Jan 2011 - 16:0647703
craft foam armour + other little problems
Hello everyone ^^ I'm taking a break from sewing,and decided to work on some more heavy duty cosplays, to increase my repetoire of skills...unfortunately,it isn't going well.

1.My main problem at the moment is boots; how on earth do you make boot covers out of foam? I've been trying to put together some kind of pattern, but I can't get the shape right : /

2.attatching armour; I was going to use a series of elasticated sections to make sure the armour stays on; but with the foam being so lightweight,I'm having alot of trouble keeping sections in place. Any tips?

3. I've been looking around at contacts for a particular costume, as I want to cover pretty much my entire eye with green, obviously with a section to see which will kinda spoil it,but eh,its as accurate as I can be without being blind. however, I can't seem to find anything like that

4. whats the best way of sealing foam? I've had mixed results with pva school glue,and a horrible sticky mess with some acrylic sealant so wondered if theres any kind of be all end all awesome sealant XD

Sorry for all the questions guys, I guess when I ask one question they all kinda spew out!


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04 Jan 2011 - 16:3147706
Quote tattikat:
Hello everyone ^^ I'm taking a break from sewing,and decided to work on some more heavy duty cosplays, to increase my repetoire of skills...unfortunately,it isn't going well.

1.My main problem at the moment is boots; how on earth do you make boot covers out of foam? I've been trying to put together some kind of pattern, but I can't get the shape right : /

2.attatching armour; I was going to use a series of elasticated sections to make sure the armour stays on; but with the foam being so lightweight,I'm having alot of trouble keeping sections in place. Any tips?

3. I've been looking around at contacts for a particular costume, as I want to cover pretty much my entire eye with green, obviously with a section to see which will kinda spoil it,but eh,its as accurate as I can be without being blind. however, I can't seem to find anything like that

4. whats the best way of sealing foam? I've had mixed results with pva school glue,and a horrible sticky mess with some acrylic sealant so wondered if theres any kind of be all end all awesome sealant XD

Sorry for all the questions guys, I guess when I ask one question they all kinda spew out!


1. Keep trying. ^^" Use paper or cardboard first, if you have any lying around, that'll save you from wasting foam. Boots are REALLY ANNOYING.

2. Do you mean you're using elasticated straps? If that's the case and the armour is worn over clothing you could safety pin the straps to the clothes? When you're making the armour you could also consider incorporating safety pins on the underside of the armour, to pin to your clothes. If it's over bare skin... you need to make the armour and straps real tight, or use something like glue for fake eyelash to glue it to your skin.

3. Look up sclera lenses. Other people are much more knowledgeable in this area than I am.

4. What type of foam are you using, and how much movement will there be? If it's plastazote, liquid latex is the best stuff I've tried. If it's regular craft foam, PVA + water works, but have a lot of patience if you want a very nice finish. Brush on a layer a day and let it dry naturally. If you use the hairdryer use very low heat or the glue might bubble and you'd end up with a bumpy surface. BUT, if the armour isn't going to get much movement/bending (like a helmet), you can try Mod podge which you can buy from eBay. ETA: you'll probably need a clear acrylic sealer after using mod podge because it's a bit tacky.

Most of this depends on the costume really. It might help if you can provide a pic!



Last edited by Pez (04 Jan 2011 - 16:38)
04 Jan 2011 - 16:3847707
Heya! Craft foam can be a tricky one but I have a couple of good tutorials for it which really give nice results. I'm currently playing with Morrigan's shoulder armour as we speak. You may not be working on this specific armour but the technique is the same.

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

This one is very informative and with clear pictures so I hope it can be of some help to you at least. And as for attaching armour this is a helpful tutorial by Amythest angel, she demonstrates how to attach armour by using an undersleeve so reading up on her tutorial might help you!

http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_automail2.html

Full eye lens contacts: You might need to contact a specialist supplier like Charles Fox in london for information on where to buy those. Check out charles fox on google and give the shop a ring, they specialise in theatre make up and contacts.

I hope that was of some help to you, I'm no expert but maybe something might work. Good luck!

xx


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Last edited by Kaythenia (04 Jan 2011 - 16:40)
04 Jan 2011 - 21:0947721
thanks for the tips guys ^^ to be fair, I might just forgo the contacts altogether, I can always photoshop it later, as I don't think I can get the effect I want even with Sclera lenses.

oh,and as to what I'm doing, I'm cosplaying a world of warcraft blood elf, with armour of my own design, based on blood knight armour; here is the character I'm doing, but I don't have my armour designs scanned in so I guess it doesn't help much XD

http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/character/karazhan/moonscar/simple

@Pez at the moment, I'm using craft foam, but I have thought about using plastazote for some parts where craft foam probably won't work on its own. I was about to say I might have trouble sourcing plastazote but then I remembered you sell it XD Think I might grab some just to test things out ^^


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Last edited by tattikat (04 Jan 2011 - 21:56)
04 Jan 2011 - 21:5747722
Have you thought about wearing a tightish t-shirt underneath and then you could use velcro to attach to hold the armour in place and it will also make putting on and taking off your armour easier.



Last edited by Kata-san (04 Jan 2011 - 21:58)
05 Jan 2011 - 02:5347742
Quote Kata-san:
Have you thought about wearing a tightish t-shirt underneath and then you could use velcro to attach to hold the armour in place and it will also make putting on and taking off your armour easier.


unfortunately, the design doesn't lend itself to using a t shirt as the midriff and sleeves are bare; but having some sort of base to bring it all together is a great idea,thanks! I'm thinking I might do it with some kind of velcro 'harness' beneath the armour, or i might go with belts n buckles.


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Last edited by tattikat (05 Jan 2011 - 02:54)
05 Jan 2011 - 11:3547750
Hey sweetie, you could always email SilmDefinition on here. If you have seen her rose cosplay that was made out of foam. She used wondeflex for her frist armour, but I am sure she can help you somehow.

Shes gonna be making me do my Alicia Armour for may which will be made out of foam and stuff.


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05 Jan 2011 - 11:4147752
Quote tattikat:
@Pez at the moment, I'm using craft foam, but I have thought about using plastazote for some parts where craft foam probably won't work on its own. I was about to say I might have trouble sourcing plastazote but then I remembered you sell it XD Think I might grab some just to test things out ^^


Shannon if you're in town we could probably arrange meeting up and I can show you the armour I'd made for Flynn if that helps! Can also give you some plastazote samples as well.


05 Jan 2011 - 18:1047783
That'd be cool Pez ^^ As a matter of fact I was just looking at Flynn; using a real boot as a base was actually something I hadn't thought of, I was just going to wear some soft plimsols under the foam.


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