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automail from cloth - tutorial

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This is just one method of making cosplay automail. There are many other options, variations, and different techniques that may or may not work better for you, depending on your budget, skill set, amount of free time, desired result.
You are always free to post any ideas, questions, or alternate methods of making automail. The more resources we all have, the better! :)


requested by ~Akastuki-sensei
a tutorial for the automail made for ~bloodyjackfaber's Ed Elric cosplay

if anything isn't explained in the tutorial [and I tried to cover EVERYTHING... x_x ], feel free to ask any questions. :]

how many bottles of fabric paint did you use?
I believe about 4 silver, 2 black [of the 2-oz size].

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if you make automail using this tutorial, please post a link to your finished result! I'd love to see what you made. :dance:

1/31/10 EDIT: a DD?! O__O :faint:
well, THAT was completely unexpected. . . . but I'm really glad you guys are finding this tutorial helpful! ^^
thanks to all of you~~and especially to `Hanratty-Stock & ^Nyiana-Sama!! :hug:

Anime Detour 2011 edit: BJ was wearing her automail glove [the same one featured in this tutorial] around Detour this year, and a random passerby said to their friend--"look! it's like the tutorial online!" xD
Amusing as this was, it was a little weird to have someone recognize our automail-glove design from a dA post I made now-years ago. o_o;;
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blackflower944's avatar
blackflower944Student Traditional Artist
WOW this would work awesomely for more practical /walking aroung the convention cosplay ,because i have made foam auto mail and its  difficult to pick tiny things up
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kaibaceoHobbyist Digital Artist
would a black glove work also?
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karkatkaylaStudent Digital Artist
OMFG THIS IS FREAKIN AWESOME
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MidnightHobbitProfessional Photographer
OMG! I was there at Anime Iowa in 2009, I have a friend that used to live there despite me being in CA. I don't remember seeing you though but AWESOME tutorial!

Anyway, I found this off :iconmizuki-chinatsu: in her picture: www.deviantart.com/art/Why-I-O…
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AmetrineAngelHobbyist General Artist
I'll have to show this to my friend who is going to the Nagu-con as Edward. hope we can pull this off. she's got everything but the automail. she doesn't even need a wig or contacts because she is pretty much a natural Ed.
awesome job by the way.
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RavenhowlHobbyist Artist
going to try this for my Misty Kmight cosplay
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WoodenbatteryHobbyist General Artist
awesome! i need to do this! where did u get the glove from??
Ryua's avatar
RyuaHobbyist General Artist
I admit I was skeptical about how good this could look, but this is actually pretty awesome.
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FallingBlossomsStudent Artist
Whoah, how long did this take? It looks awesome!
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WontonAxelHobbyist General Artist
Yesssss! Finally I can get some help for my next years cosplay!
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SalauraHobbyist General Artist
I wonder if I could alter the paint for a more steampunk version..
Thanks for the inspiration!
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This... Is... AMAZING!!!
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ExiledFantasyHobbyist General Artist
Question about the black fabric marker: What do we use that for? o.o
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starsailor5Student Filmographer
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! I have been looking everywhere for a tutorial like this! I'm cosplaying as edward at a convention that's coming up, imma use dis tutorial thank you sooo much!
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JohnnyPennHobbyist Writer
I think in the future I'll use your tutorial for making my own Automail. It looks pretty easy to do.
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strawberrysanddogHobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! seems way easier than cutting AND painting cardboard! but i think i'll stick to it though. I couldn't even draw a smiley face ;-;
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horsegrl1234Student General Artist
AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!! I GOTTA TRY THAT!!!!!
Koichi-Chan's avatar
Wow, awesome! It's made from cloth but it looks so much more realistic than my selfmade automail xD
Really, really awesome ^^
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westen182Student General Artist
Going to try and use this :D I am making a Edward cosplay and this seems like the fastest way to make automail XD

If you don't mind me asking... DO you know of any stores where I could get an elbow length white glove?
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JiNXtheNightmarenStudent General Artist
I would try either a bridal store or ebay. :D
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puellaignavaStudent General Artist
Gonna use this for me FemEd cosplay :3 Well, hopefully, lol, I've gotten a late start on it ;-;
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k-ee-ranHobbyist General Artist
well, I hope you can still finish it anyhow! ^^
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puellaignavaStudent General Artist
I'm using this for the leg, too (not the pattern, just the idea and technique). started on it today. Cloth is a bitch to pain DDDx
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