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Foam and Worbla armour MEGA TUTORIAL

Brace yourselves! The MEGA tutorial is coming. 
Part 1 Foam Shaping, Part 2 Foam Detailing, Part 3 Worbla

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I hope this will help someone, somehow, someday~! 
Please leave feeback and share! Enjoy. 

P.S. PLEASE READ FAQs before asking questions in comments 

- What kind of foam? Where do I buy?
EVA foam. 5mm thick. I buy it in the form of a gym mat from local malls. 

- What kind of glue?
I use contact adhesive (you can buy this at any hardware store). But hot glue also works~

- Where can I buy worbla?
If you are in Sydney, there is a place that stocks it locally called The Sarlacc Pit in Parramatta. If you are elsewhere... I have no idea. Google "Buy Worbla Online" maybe?

- I can't afford worbla. What can I do?
Follow the tutorial until the end of Part 2. Then seal and paint it as a foam armour. Part 3 is completely optional. 

- I tried this and it didn't work so well. 
Practice. Fail. Repeat. Learn.

- Video tutorial?
There is nothing exciting about listening to my voice while I do tedious things. So I assure you this is the best medium. 

- Commissions?
Yes. PM for details and quote.

- I thought you disliked worbla? 
I do. But since there are many people out there who love worbla, and I am working with it now, why not share some knowledge?
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fractured100's avatar
Nice! Covers what you need to know and easy to follow!
DIMProps's avatar
An amazing tutorial, thank you.
Thank you thank you thank you!  Very easy to understand and follow!  Very sincerely, a mom making her daughter's Water Dragon Warrior Princess armor with no EVA\Cosplay experience!
Wayuki's avatar
Thanks for sharing your process!
TatsukiOtaku's avatar
Do you have an exact store you buy EVA from? I bought some online, I believe it was 1cm, but its so thick and hard to maneuver/bend into shape.
callianis's avatar
Watch the sun rise :D
Green-Raincoat's avatar
Actually, very helpful. Thank you! :)
KarraKon's avatar
Thank you so much for the tutorial.. gonna try it at home later!
A question.. how do you seal/coat the foam before coloring them? (is this the right term?)
the foam I had in my country have these little holes and when I try to primer it with pilox airbrush spray it wouldn't get even and I can see more little holes DX
RollEXE's avatar
I think you'll need a high density foam, it might be called EVA foam, or floor matting (the jigsaw piece ones), or like mattress foam (for when you go camping and put under your sleeping bag). This foam has tiny weeny holes and you can seal it with PVA/school/white glue, gesso, etc. I like to seal it with hairspray. :> I hope this helps?
lenatsukimori's avatar
I hope you do someday about how to make armor and swords with just foam or rubber sheet.
ThoxCosplay's avatar
that works just the same way, only without the worbla ;)
when you're done with all the foam shaping, seal/prime it with e.g. plastidip (that's what i did, i've seen other options here in the comments and all over the net if you search for it). afterwards you can paint on it with acrylic paint.

edit: and now i saw that he gave just the same answer in the description... :D
exifri's avatar
Jesus christ it's so good I almost cry XDDDDDDDDDDDD 
If you don't mind, I will share it on my facebook page - for people who don't understand complicated tutorials! Like me! Ha! :D :D :D 
AmenoKitarou's avatar
Thank you so much.
If you don't mind, please share this via my facebook album :)
My page name is: Amenokitarou (A.K.WIRRU)
exifri's avatar
Sure!! :) I'll share you with my page, so maybe you'll earn some likes from my people! Haha ! :D :D 
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Thank you so much.
If you don't mind, please share this via my facebook album :)
My page name is: Amenokitarou (A.K.WIRRU)
kawaii-chocolate's avatar
I found out the hard way if you leave worbla sitting in the heat it will fall apart and make you cry more. >_>; 
Hinonoona's avatar
Why use the worbla over the foam? Is it just preference? Can't you get a similar finish without the worbla?
VelvetRoseCreations's avatar
Personally, I think it is mostly preference. But adding Worbla (or wonderflex) makes it very stiff. So you can bump, drop, step on it and it wont get ruined. If it's just foam, it can bend and get creases or even crack your paint layer if not done well.
AmenoKitarou's avatar
I mainly do it only to projects that I know I'll travel with a lot.

I rarely use worbla but when I do it's always over a foam base.
LucaLouise's avatar
What do you use to glue the pieces of foam together? And what is the thickness of the foam? :)
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EwiZew's avatar
What will happen if I just make that part with eva foam? If I have a "ready" armor with all lines and all, but no worbla on eva foam. Can it be good without worbla, too?
iAnubis's avatar
He mentions above that if you can't find/afford worbla, you can just paint it to look like armor and you're good to go -- the worbla part is optional. :) Hope that helps, and good luck with your armor. 
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