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How to make Armor with Foam Sheets and Fabric by RuffleButtCosplay How to make Armor with Foam Sheets and Fabric by RuffleButtCosplay
Been wanting to make this one for a while. I'll post one on making armor fingers later! Thank you to Goldy for introducing me to this method.
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SparrowWrightheart Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What type of foam do you use? :D This is really cool. But all the foam I know about in craft stores seems kinda flimsy.
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RussiaAdvice Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Can this be used on a large scale, such as with full chest pieces? I plan on cosplaying Tetsujin-28 in the future, and this would be a really neat, lightweight way of doing his armor.
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whalesandburgers Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist
I don't know if you got an answer yet, but using thicker foam, like EVA foam, is better for large chest pieces like that. you'd need a heat gun though, to help mold it; although you could still use an oven (which is just much more hot). I've never fabric coated armor, bbut if you use the smooth side of the foam, i believe it would work! I hope this helps!
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Bradamant3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
cool!!
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OceanPirate Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about covering details with fabric? Like,for example a glove with swirls? How does that work?
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Arrikitiki-samA Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Muy util, bien explicado y las fotos concretas. Me gusta <3
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sonictheonlyhedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Artist
Asking a question probably a million years late but... where does one acquire metallic spandex (or something that works just as well)?
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just struck gold two days ago at my local Joann's.  I was so happy, because every other tutorial I read said you have to buy this stuff online.
:dance:  :HappyDance: Art Trade - Crazy Happy Emote :excited: Emotion-Yeeey!
It's usually under active wear, or just ask if they have silver spandex.
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johanengelman Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014

Uhh hi so i am extremely new to the whole cosplay thing never made a thing for it in my life, i went to my first con october this year, i had extremely more fun then i thought  tho :) but erm i had bought this nightwing spandex outfit to cosplay in, and it worked great for my first time. but if i´m gonna use it again i would like to give it a more armored look, , however i wonder if i could use this tutorial on an full spandex suit, you know without messing up the fitting ..heh so yeah and something affordable for a students wallet would be nice 

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MizunoHadouken Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Awesome tutorial! I have a question about fabric.  Is there a particular place you buy your fabric from for this technique?  Thank you.
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Pheonight Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'd personally use this fabric here :spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/br…
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MizunoHadouken Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
thank you!
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Pheonight Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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realityhack1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Nice tutorial! Thank you!
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spazzTerror Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
What do you suggest for pieces where both sides are seen?
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Aoichan92 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
how do you get the foam to hold a shape or fold?
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FallinAwe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
I've never used this particular technique before with the spandex and stuff, but if you heat craft foam, put it in the shape/curve you want, and let it cool like that it will keep the shape.
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Aoichan92 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
oh awesome but do you happen to know the durability of the crafting foam?
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:iconfallinawe:
FallinAwe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Not off the top of my head. You could get some extra and experiment
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Aoichan92 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay thank you so much 
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aveland Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Nice!
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gemmillw Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Nice tip, very easy approach, thanks.
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datalyf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
Will try following your tips for our costume/s :D
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cliff999 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That. Is. So. Cool
I need a project to work on so i can try this!
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KinGBaKeRo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
holey crabhammers!! will try this!! :O
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is TOO awesome!  This tutorial is just what I was looking for~!  Oh thank you thank you thank you for posting this method.
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Good luck!
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haikune007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is perfect!!! im doping a thor cosplay and will need this for the front piece, will it work as smoothly with larger pieces?
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yup! Just more work.
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flyingkitkit Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're tutorials are so helpful! And your cosplays are beautiful~

I've got a few questions tho, so bare with me~? ^^;

Would you recommend this method for something that looks a little more "mecha"? MY friend and I are doing Vividred and Vividblue from Vividred operation, and most tutorials are just craft foam and paint. Do you think this would make it look a little cleaner and more like mecha?

Is it possible to put some sort of gloss over the finished armor to make it shinier?

And did you have much trouble moving around this the armor?

Thank you for your time?
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

Absolutely! Goldy is the man I learned this method from and he makes huge mech suits and stuff with this.

I did have trouble raising my arm up.
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Hey, quick question on this. If you are going to use heat to bend the foam, do you heat and form before or after adding the fabric?
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
BEFORE!
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Kyasaren Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I can't get over how creative, yet simple and awesome this is!! I can't thank you enough for this tutorial. I was actually browsing for your costumes and then stumbled upon this which I desperately needed for my upcoming costume. Talk about luck!! This will save my butt!!
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good luck! Hope it was useful for you.
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animanga--fanaticism Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
So helpful, thanks for posting! Quick question: have you ever used this to cover "seams" in the foam? For example my armour has fairly large pieces, some of which I have to make by splicing together smaller foam sheets. This left a line where the two pieces were cut/joined. If you did this technique over the foam do you think it would cover the "seam" or just mold into it?
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure. I have not tried. For the fingers, after I glued them together, I sanded them, which got rid of the seam.
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SukeUchiha Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
This is very helpful, and I plan to use this method to make some armor. But I have a quick question, did you form the shape of the pieces as they dried, or how did you make it curve to shape?
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Shapes the pieces first then put the fabric on them. you just kind pull it till it fits and it will stay.
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Hisietari Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Amazing, thank you! I'm not a cosplayer, but I was told I should build a (real) iron man suit. Well, this is a start. ;)
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
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mika-moon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Mikanyan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thanks so much! This may help a lot with my magneto cosplay!
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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OnyxSky-Cosplay Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Thanks so much for posting this :D next time I need armor I'll be using this. Way easier than all the sanding I'm doing for my current project ^_^.
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! Good luck!
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