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Craft Foam Master: Karliah Cosplay

13 Jun

Hey Guys!

It’s been forever I know, but, I come to you with a great example of working armor with craft foam! Forgive me!!!I stumbled upon this girl through a friend of mine who knew I built my Guild Wars armor. This girl, is AMAZING! Aicosu is apart of a couple cosplay team that are really fantastic. I urge you to use Google and check them out. Not only are they excellent cosplayers, but also very nice and helpful! Aicosu built a Karliah Cosplay from Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls completely out of a catsuit and craft foam.

In her blog, she details out her methods of sealing her craft foam (one of the most important steps) and how she painted it to make it look like leather. Check it out here. While she doesn’t mention how many times she coated it with the Modge Podge, we can be sure it was at least ONE coat. Her costume turned out fantastically and you should check out her work.

Their tumblr: http://aicosu.tumblr.com/

And their Website: http://www.aicosu.com/

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