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19 Sep 2011 - 16:4270281
Automail (/Metal Armour) Fabric Help
Hi, c:

Does anyone know of anywhere I can get silver/grey leatherette, or a similar material with a metalic shine, to use for automail? I need some for this character:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100318163404/fma/images/1/16/Lan_Fan_Automail.JPG

The best I've found in town has been scaled, which I'd rather avoid getting if possible. Besides that, I haven't anything online, though I'm not particularly familiar with any online UK stores (or anywhere other than HobbyCraft and Remnant Kings, really). ;;


Alternatively, I've also considered spray-painting but I'm unsure how well fabric paint works on leatherette. Does anyone know if it does and, if so, where I could get some from? So far, all I've found is this:

http://www.fabricspraypaintuk.co.uk/stencil-spray-paint/simply-spray-silver-glimmer-stencil-spray-paint

But I'm pretty sure I'll need an upholstery version, which they don't have in silver. (Although I'll most likely be getting the one above anyway for another cosplay, so I may as well do a tester on leatherette with it~)

Thank you! c:



Last edited by Rhavia (19 Sep 2011 - 16:43)
19 Sep 2011 - 16:5970282
Leatherette tends to mimick leather surface texture which wouldn't be ideal for armour. You could try searching for vinyl instead. But vinyl would be a lot thinner than leatherette so you can't just use it as-is... you might have to glue it onto something like craft foam to give it some stiffness.

Or look into making armour entirely out of craft foam. ^^ It's a popular method.


19 Sep 2011 - 18:0870284
I used leatherette for my first attempt, but would not recommend it. I'd suggest using sheets of craft foam, black if you can get it, and getting some metal spray paint. I haven't used metallic spray paint before, but I find that spray paint designed to go on metal to be really effective, and waterproof which is a bonus.

There are also a couple of tutorials that I've found useful:
http://rockinrobin.deviantart.com/art/Cosplay-Automail-Tutorial-1-195970222
http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_automail.html


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21 Sep 2011 - 00:0370415
Thank you very much! ^v^

I already intended to use craft foam as a base and cover it but using metal spray paint instead sounds very promising and much easier, haha. c: Thank you for the tutorial links too!


21 Sep 2011 - 03:4270430
Craft foam would be Ideal for this. I would suggest layering it or find a slightly thicker version of it (they sell thicker sheets at some Michael's craft stores.). I would then seal it with either Sobe Glue (thinned out with water first), do several layers letting it dry in between. Then do your metallic paint. rub n'buff added after will add a more realistic metal look.


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ParadoxJane
23 Sep 2011 - 13:5870650
Quote Rhavia:
Thank you very much! ^v^

I already intended to use craft foam as a base and cover it but using metal spray paint instead sounds very promising and much easier, haha. c: Thank you for the tutorial links too!


Craft foam and plastic sheeting works very well and when spray painted the platic looks a lot like matt metal when i do it.

I hope it goes all ok for ya


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