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How to make Props with Plastidip and Foam Sheets by RuffleButtCosplay How to make Props with Plastidip and Foam Sheets by RuffleButtCosplay
New tutorial. Enjoy!

*I SHOULD NOTE* I used the quarter inch foamie sheets for this.
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:iconvenegal:
Venegal Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm curious, what Cosplay did you use this prop on ?
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MissWeirdCat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
for the plugsuit of Asuka from evangelion she has this backpack on her back :3
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realityhack1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Another good one! Thank you for the breakdown and the supplies list!
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Kairi-Chai Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
What kind of foam is this exactly?  Because I've tried googling and looking in various craft shops and only found the kind that is used for cushioning.
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Lartovio Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi! I'm trying to make a batgirl cowl for my cosplay, and I'm wondering if this turns out at all flexible? I'm going to need a way to get it on my head somehow. And if this isn't flexible, would I be able to make a mould of my head and cast the whole thing in plastidip? Thanks!
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Bencaz Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Where did you find foam that thick?
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
michaels.
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:iconbencaz:
Bencaz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Thanks :D
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:iconlunnacry:
Lunnacry Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Normally i coat foam with varnish before painting specially if im gonna use Spray. 

But this is a nice idea here =) Love it =D
Gonna try it =D
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
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KayoraImperesi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
This is definitely going to come in handy for my GLaDOS cosplay. =D
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
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:icontrmbngrl:
trmbngrl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Awesome thank you! Plastidip doesn't erode anything when applied directly? O.o
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope!
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:iconlkani:
LKani Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
Excellent tutorial, this is definitely a technique to keep in mind for posterity. How durable would you say props made with this method are?
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
very durable. The thing you will have to worry about the most is the paint job.
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:iconlkani:
LKani Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   General Artist
Ooh, excellent. I've been trying to figure out how to tackle making this ginormous grenade launcher arm cannon thingy for my Black Dahlia cosplay in the works, and if that's the case, then I may have just gotten my method!
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Ninja-Chi Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thank you!
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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Alphared137 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Hi RB! I was referred here via the Cosplay Tutorial FB page sharing your tutorial! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for sharing!
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:iconalphared137:
Alphared137 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Interface Designer
And thank you for sharing your technique! :)
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ArcanaLegacy Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING! \^o^/
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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FakeHonestyTrueLie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
OMG all the things I could make now!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
MAKE ALL THE THINGS!
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:iconkiss-paradise:
Kiss-Paradise Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This will hopefully be my ah-ha moment in making the props I need!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Goodluck!
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AkumaKuma Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your prop tutorials are the best!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I kinda suck at props, so that means a lot! haha.
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tod309 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Can you use this on cardboard?
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Very neat! Thanks for sharing~
I have the same spray paint XD
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melell Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thanks so much for the detailed how-to! I hadn't heard of the use of contact cement and wood filler for bonding foam until this tutorial--great tips.
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:iconwaterdancer:
waterdancer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Never even heard of plastidip before, very cool. thanks!
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shiimapan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome, I can't wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing! :hug:
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YouseiTsubasa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Excellent. Cosplay adventures shall continue!
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:iconjactinglim:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is amazing! Thanks so much :D
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would simply like to add, the spray on Plasti-Dip actually eats away at the foam. if you use the cans and paint it on, it solves that problem (it's something in the aerosol propellant can that reacts)

You'll get a sharper, cleaner finish if you were to do that. Over all, very nice piece. Great job. :)
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I use it directly on the foam with no problems.
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DamienFussb Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
cool thanks for the help
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met2art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Awesome tutorial! (Love the name change too, btw)
I've used similar methods for making large semi-rigid props or body armor. A couple tricks I learned over time:

On the inner layers that can't/won't be seen, you can cut out portions of the center to reduce weight and increase flexibility during shaping/bonding. (This hollow space can also end up holding electronics if lighting is needed.)

Lightly score the inner side of each layer in rows perpendicular to the direction of the bend for pieces that will eventually need to be curved. This will also increase bonding strength because the glue/contact cement will "bite" into the scoring. Make the scores about 1/2 to 2/3 through each layer with a very sharp utility knife and a straight-edge.
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:iconvachelle:
Vachelle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Wow, this is really helpful! thank you, thank you.
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:iconjustjakk:
justjakk Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Wow, I can see something like this being made to house portable hard drives and stuff. you could model the pieces to fit around wrists and hands like gloves or something like that.

Dreaming of a bracelet that holds small hard drives.
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QueenRiot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Dude this is awesome, I am using this for all my Rosie armor!
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:iconcaseroo12:
caseroo12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is a wonderful tutorial! Thank you for posting it~
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midgarangel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial as always!
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