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22 Mar 2012 - 00:1081237
KH Cloud material help
Hey Everyone.
I could use some help sourcing materials for my KH Cloud Cosplay (in progress).
Basically, I'm not sure what to use for his hip guard. I've been searching online for a few days, but not very many places are stating what materials they use. I'm thinking maybe wonderflex or perhaps aluminium. The problem with the former is that I have never worked with it before and have no idea where to get it, and the latter, although more accessible, appears to require access to construction machinery, to which I have none.
Is there anyone who's built something similar who might be able to recommend something? Or perhaps another KH Cloud cosplayer? Regardless, I'd be grateful for any help you guys can give.
Thank you.

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22 Mar 2012 - 00:5281239
Reference pics are always helpful

22 Mar 2012 - 14:3881266
Unfortunately, I'm not tech-savvy enough to do that, so I'll just post an image link and say it's the piece of armour guarding his right hip.

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22 Mar 2012 - 14:5681267
I would use craft foam (EVA foam) or plastezote personally. Like wonderflex they're sheet materials that can be shaped when heated and set in place when they cool down. Much cheaper than wonderflex and both simple to work with (though plastezote requires more surface work to look smooth).

Craft foam you can get from most art/craft stores. For larger sheets/different thicknesses I go to Coscraft.

24 Mar 2012 - 16:1981359
Quote Amy-Lou:
I would use craft foam (EVA foam)

I second that, I love EVA foam, I do, I do, I dooo hooo. All you need is a very sharp knife (I use a retractable blade knife with new blades) and possibly even a hot air gun/paint stripper. This allows you to mold the foam and it'll keep its shape, perfect for those leg guards.

24 Mar 2012 - 21:4281368
Is a hot air gun essential? Or would I be able to substitute a portable heater and a hair dryer?

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25 Mar 2012 - 04:3181375
Quote KakarotVersion5:
Is a hot air gun essential? Or would I be able to substitute a portable heater and a hair dryer?

It's not essential but does make life much easier. I've been told a hair dryer will work but I've never done it myself and I'd imagine it'd need to get fairly hot. I've also seen it suggested that you can heat it up in the oven and mold it once you take it out.

25 Mar 2012 - 11:0881381
Quote KakarotVersion5:
Is a hot air gun essential? Or would I be able to substitute a portable heater and a hair dryer?

Hair dryers do work, they take a little longer as they're not the crazy heat of a heat gun, but I used one for years before getting a heat gun.
The only problem is hairdryers are usually fitted with a safety system that cuts off the power if it gets too hot. I found getting the hair dryer too close to the foam set this off and I'd have to wait a minute before it would come back on. Just have to heat for longer and leave some space.

07 Apr 2012 - 17:1781979
Thanks for the assist guys. It's coming together and taking shape quite nicely.
If you don't mind, I'd like to bug you with another snag I've hit.
I got my gloves back from the tailors last week and I'm bout ready to start work on the claws, but I can't figure out how to do it.
I started by researching other styles. Freddy Kreuger's wasn't much use because they're just gloves with razor blades stuck in the points. The best source I could think of was Vincent Valentine's (since that was part of the model) However, it turns out that his claws only cover the top part of his hand, and are attached using rings on the underside so you could clench your first.
Going by the reference pic above (and other character models) I need a series of 5 rings to slide over each finger and 5 pointed ends for the claws.
At first I considered craft foam, but couldn't conceive a way to get rid of the joint marks. And I didn't want to use actual metal at the risk of cutting something. Or someone.
Once again, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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08 Apr 2012 - 15:4082010
Really not sure how to do those claws, but I just wanted to say I'm really looking forward to seeing this! I'm cosplaying KH Yuffie at Expo so would love a pic with ya~ Good luck!!

08 Apr 2012 - 23:3082050
When you say joint marks, what do you mean?

Looking at this image here, they the finger tips appear to be joined underneath with the knuckle exposed so that it can bend, so I would just use Craft foam, you could make each section and join them underneath your finger or even cardboard, you could then either just glue them to your gloves or make them tight enough that they stay on.


In this image here the end piece is joined to the middle bit with a hinge, like those paper split pins this would suggest that there is is a gap under the finger to allow the bend and then the top overlaps a bit. Again cardboard or craft foam would be perfect. I wouldn't ever use metal in a cosplay purely because it could cause damage to you or someone else and is really not necessary.

10 May 2012 - 11:5683777
Thanks for all your help so far everyone.
The costume is complete bar the wrist bracers.
Of all his armour parts, that's the one I'm having trouble finding information on (or maybe I'm not using the right search words for google)
They can't be that difficult to assemble - I'm thinking just a pair of wide metal bracelets with bolts glued on and spray painted.
I just can' seem to track down any wide metal bracelets. Could anyone recommend some, or perhaps an idiot-proof guide to making some?

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