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12 May 2012 - 15:3283902
Homestuck Imperial Drone- EVA and craft foam armour, WIP
Hello, everyone! For LFCC (and maybe MCM Expo, I'm hoping) I'm planning to cosplay as an Imperial Drone from Homestuck. I've been planning this for ages but only recently have I started putting things into action. I just started putting pieces onto my breastplate and was wondering a few things:

1. The picture where I'm holding up the jaggedly cut edges of the foam - how can I sand/smooth/bevel that nicely?

2. Is hot glue a sufficient fastener? I'm not ready to stick stuff on yet, but I'm not sure.

3. I'm planning on spraypainting this shindig a hot rod red. Since I'm not hand painting it, do the usual rules on sealing EVA foam apply?

Any crit would be super welcome! I've never worked on something like this before (hence why I'm being so slow on it) and I know this is the super rough first stages.

Anyway, here are the pictures! I couldn't embed the images, so all of them are simply linked to.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3x1jayryx1qd4xtmo5_1280.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3x1jayryx1qd4xtmo4_1280.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3x1jayryx1qd4xtmo3_1280.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3x1jayryx1qd4xtmo2_1280.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3x1jayryx1qd4xtmo1_1280.jpg



Last edited by Wordsanddesire (12 May 2012 - 15:33)
12 May 2012 - 16:4883907
Quote Wordsanddesire:

1. The picture where I'm holding up the jaggedly cut edges of the foam - how can I sand/smooth/bevel that nicely?


If your knife is very sharp to begin with the edges will stay smooth.

Foam cuts

The one on the left is a duller blade but the one on the right is a fairly new blade. I use snap-off blades and as soon as it starts to get dull I snap a couple of the blades off. The foam is a nightmare to cut once already cut though, so you can't clean up cuts with a knife, after you've cut, very easily.

If you have a rotary tool (e.g. Dremel) that has a sanding bit, you can use that and it works very well. You want it going reasonably slow or you can accidently take a big gouge out of the foam if you slip.

Quote Wordsanddesire:

2. Is hot glue a sufficient fastener? I'm not ready to stick stuff on yet, but I'm not sure.

I found it to be pretty good. I read somewhere if where it meets up is still a bit loose causing a bit of a gap you can join it up with superglue but I wouldn't use superglue to actually take the strain.

Quote Wordsanddesire:

3. I'm planning on spraypainting this shindig a hot rod red. Since I'm not hand painting it, do the usual rules on sealing EVA foam apply?

Yes, I believe so. I found sealing it with mod podge or spray sealer cracks if flexed, which eva foam is prone to do, but initial tests with watered down mod podge (probably same with PVA) seems to be much better.



Last edited by Kata-san (12 May 2012 - 16:49)
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