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21 Aug 2008 - 12:315452
making armour
anyone got some tips on how to make armour or working with leather?

would be a big help on planning my Karas outfit for whenever I get round to making it.

thx


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21 Aug 2008 - 13:185453
What sort of armour are you looking to make?

Foamboard or funky foam backed onto carboard are typical materails to use because they are light, relativly easy to shape and can be painted. Wonderflex is also used, but that can be a lot more extensive.

I haven't made alot of armour, but this is what I have done in the past:

Make the rough size and shape pieces out of carboard - cereal packet card usually. Cover each piece in funky foam. You can attach the two with either a layer of PVA or hot glue. PVA is better as it is generally stronger and doesn't go lumpy like hot glue can. Next coat each piece in a layer of pva and once that is dried spray paint the desired colour. Use acrylic paints for the details. Finally assemble any pieces that need to be connected. I find brads (like split pins) quite useful for fixing joints.

You can of course use metal and leather, but you do need specialist tools for this. A local larp club might be able to assist. personally I would use leatherette backed onto card rather than real leather. Cheaper adn easier to work with.


21 Aug 2008 - 15:385454
i agree with aisla
leatherette backed onto something always works well for armour, ill be psiting some pictures up of my kanetsugu costume soon and thats basically leatherette backed on to buckrum, buckrum is an awsome base but only for flat and curved around armour types as its very difficult to bend and wnt stay in that shape


21 Aug 2008 - 22:595459
thx guys for the tips I'll defo try some of these

the armour I want to make is the Karas armour if that helps anyone.

oh and leatherette is that something I can buy in shops or is it a special order thing?


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Last edited by Xauriga (21 Aug 2008 - 23:01)
22 Aug 2008 - 00:005460
any fabric shop should do it so its pretty easy to find and yea i no its karas armour however its a very complex costume, even i wouldnt attempt that but good look and my the cosplay force be with you lol


22 Aug 2008 - 11:165467
Could you post a link or a pic of the costume. I would offer tips on the armour front but I'm not familiar with the character. Thanks


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23 Aug 2008 - 22:505504
sure I'll try to find a picture of him standing so you can see his armour


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23 Aug 2008 - 22:555505
this is a picture someone drew on deviantart
http://gojiro-kiryu.deviantart.com/art/Karas-73465644


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Last edited by Xauriga (23 Aug 2008 - 22:56)
26 Aug 2008 - 18:265577
hope this helps!

http://home.clara.net/arianrhod/Aldebaran/DoItYourself/Leather.html


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