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!
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!
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.
met2artFeatured By OwnerFeb 12, 2013Professional 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.