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Vinyl and Craft Foam Armor Tutorial

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Published: February 21, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 FireLilyCosplay
At last, the long awaited Vinyl & Craft Foam Armor Tutorial!

I've had a lot of practice with this method, and this is the formula that works best for me, so I hope it can help you build your armor with ease. I really enjoy working with my hands and making armor pieces using various methods, so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any - I'll be glad to answer them!

Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and FireLilyCosplay.com.
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epicShadowdragonHobbyist Digital Artist
This might help me. I want to make an Assassin's creed costume and this tutorial an d the boot one will help a lot. 

Any suggestions on how to making the knife holders and How can I make the armor on his waist look like it has layers?

Here's a picture of what I want to make. static.giantbomb.com/uploads/o…
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Reily96Professional General Artist
Just when I thought I was set to make my own cincher, I saw this and might try it out! I only have one question, though, since I can't really tell on the pictures of the cincher, did you use the same width of foam for the cincher as everything else, like standard 2/3mm sheets of foam?
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes.
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Reily96Professional General Artist
thank you!
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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PrinceKageHobbyist Artist
This looks super convenient! Thanks for this!
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very welcome!
keelsome's avatar
This is an awesome tutorial! My only question is on how you applied the snaps to the back of your armor, did you just glue them on? Or something else?
FireLilyCosplay's avatar
FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Snaps are applied by hammering them together through the fabric. Glue will not hold snaps to vinyl.
keelsome's avatar
Ok thank you so much!
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OceanPirateHobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering something,and if you know this tegnique. Many people make long traingular strips,cut at an 45 degree angle,but it seems I can't figure out how to do that. Do you happen to have any tips or tutorials for that?
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Look up a tutorial for EVA foam armor, or check Kamui's armor books :)
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OceanPirateHobbyist Digital Artist
That will do. :)
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TransientVentureStudent General Artist
What kind of vinyl do you use? How much is it and where do you get it?
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any kind of vinyl fabric will work.  You can get it anywhere fabric is sold.
Elenna-Huntress's avatar
You are my hero. My Barbarian costume can now happen, because armor won't break the bank, or break my brain trying to control materials I have no knowledge of! :squee: 
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
realityhack1's avatar
Very nice tutorial! Thank you!
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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PrussianEmpireHobbyist General Artist
If someone did Ashe from League of Legends, how would they keep the shoulder armor to stay in place?
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can try Velcro, buckles and straps, d-rings, snaps, buttons, etc. Lots of ways.
Surgestorm's avatar
can you possibly make a cosplay armor set for me ? email me at tigerheart87@gmail.com and let me know how much it will cost as I don't get on here often but I want to have a set to play airsoft in. please email me :)
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FireLilyCosplayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry but I don't make full armor commissions. However there are some wonderful armorers out there who I'm sure would be able to help!
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