Material Monday: Craft Foam

11 Jul

You’ve waited for it and now it’s here! It’s time for Material Monday to cover Craft Foam!!!!

Craft Foam

What it is: Craft Foam, or EVA foam is a thermoplastic with polyester and a bit of vinyl thrown in. It’s resistant to UV radition (didn’t know this before hand) and is crack/stress resistant. Extremely flexible. It is also somewhat water proof. Don’t go sticking it in the water to test this however.

What it comes in: Sheets. You can buy HUGE rolls from companies (l did this to create my GWS Foam Armor) or you can purchase it in smaller sheets 9″ x 12″ at a Craft Store. It comes in several thicknesses from 2mm (available only at craft stores) to 10mm thick. For Cosplaying purposes, use 2-3mm for small details, gauntlets, hair pieces, ect. and 6mm for chest/leg armor. If you are going to be squishing it between two pieces of WonderFlex, I highly suggest not going above 6mm. 6mm create an extremely bulky piece and hard to seal, while 2mm created the same effect without bulkiness.

What it does: Creates a base material for Armor, Headpieces, Weapons, ect.

What can go over it:First, you’ll want a sealing agent. Plasti-Dip (see previous MM posts) is amazing on this stuff and makes it look like leather. Modge Podge is also a good sealer, as well as “Scrim”: a combination of Wood/Sobo glue and water. You can also put craft foam under Styrene sheets or Wonderflex

Places to Buy: Foam Factory is the best place I can find online, but regular craft foam can be purchased at A.C. Moore, Michaels, and JoAnn Fabrics.

Pros: Easy to use, can be heated to a curved shape, lightweight and tough

Cons: Prone to scratches and nail marks without being treated with something, does not have the stiffness of Wonderflex or Styrene

Gallery of Craft Foam Projects:

Eomer's Helmet from the Lord of The Rings

 

Elven Archer from Helms Deep

This is ALL made from Craft Foam

ff12 Fran by Jaina Solo

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5 Responses to “Material Monday: Craft Foam”

  1. xXjessiexnimXx August 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    do you think I can use craft foam for a vocaloid cosplay? I’m cosplaying as macne nana and I need a leather looking dress and the famous arm pieces that vocaloids have. craft foam seems to me to be the best for it. But I just need to know what you think. seeing as you seems to know what your talking about a lot more than me 🙂

    here is a reference pic just in case:

    I will only need it for the arms. shoulder piece and dress. If not is there another cheap material you can suggest? 🙂 than kyou~!

    jessie.

    • Ayden August 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

      Hey Jessie!
      Thanks for commenting, first of all. I’m going to send you an in-depth email to help you out, but for now, here’s the basics. I wouldn’t use CF for the dress. CF is not that comfortable and won’t look like that at all. You may be able to use CF for the headpiece (The part that looks squarish) and for the arm bands. However, with the arm bands, make sure to pattern the crap out of them first and then use a stove or a heat gun to heat form them to the proper shape.

      I will send you an email with more details ❤

      -Ayden

  2. Serafer May 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi,

    I would like to know if Neoprene, EVA foam and craft foam are all the same type or Neoprene is something more advanced? I get so confused with all the different terms. Especially when shopping for it. :S

    Thanks!

  3. Seanwink February 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    What companies can I buy huge EVA foam rolls that I can cut into any shape?

  4. Masha February 1, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    Hey!
    Quick question- what size foam would you reccomend for a TMNT shell? I’m debating what size to get?

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