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Cosplay Metallics SOLVED FOREVER by KayPikeFashion Cosplay Metallics SOLVED FOREVER by KayPikeFashion

Good News Everyone! Cosplay Metallics Solved!

developed a material/method to chrome the world

Works for fabrics & is Sewable, Works on Thermal plastics, Works on Foams, works on everything I could get my hands on

Ok this image is huge but this news is huge, download it or check it on dropbox:… How to get mirrored fabrics and applications was a mystery to me and many a google search for many years... and I clued into it yesterday so please share share share anyone wanting to use metallics in costumery would benefit! It may have been done before but the internets could not help me find this ever! Then I remembered how much I like exotic cars. I wish you love and joy, your cosplay friend #KayPikeFashion

Ever wake up and want to be shiny like a lamborghini? now you can! I was working on my Wonder Woman cosplay holding all this polished aluminum jewelry I just made thinking of my #cosplayproblems like " How do I get this metal onto my PVC bodysuit?""Metallic vinyl and pvc fabrics look gross IRL" "I need this metal but flexible for dancing" "I need something that behaves like a heat-transfer but will stretch around strange shapes and flex..." Then LIGHTBULB Car Vinyl
    Question: Kay, Vinyl has been used in costuming for years why are you re-inventing the wheel?
  • Answer:Good question everyone! Fabric vinyls and PVC's made for sewing look pretty gross to me in comparison to metal accessories. I bought the best I could find and nothing compares to real metal until Auto body Vinyl Mirror Wrap
  • When I mix Chrome car vinyl in with metal jewelry I have spent hours upon hours polishing and grinding to perfection you can barley tell the difference
  • automotive vinyl is so glossy and reflective it makes me smile, you can take selfies in it!
  • Ive had trouble applying other fabric metallics and other metallic sticker type things in a decent way to make a good looking armor. Sewing fabric metallics can be a pain and chrome paint and sticker treatments are limited!
  • I could go on you must just try some

sew it flex it bend it stretch it glue it heat it cut it stick it... technologic

    You Need
  • Heat Gun play around with your settings I found 150 to be fine
  • Vinyl Car Wrap Available at any exotic auto body shop, or you can order it online in any colour or finish you can imagine MULTI COLOURED HOLOGRAPHIC RAINBOWS! PATTERNS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE METALLIC! CARBON FIBER! SCALES! STRIPES! DOTS! YOU CAN EVEN GET PLACES TO PRINT AUTOMOTIVE WRAP IN WHATEVER YOU WANT
  • Somthing you want to apply it to plastic, clay, foam, thermoplastic, fabrics, I haven't found anything this doesn't work on yet
  • Scissors
    General Material Use Guide
  • 1: When you cut your vinyl, give a good hefty “seam allowance” around your shape and cut small notches on inside corners
  • 2: Heat up your gun to around 150
  • 3: Peel the back off of your shape
  • 4:Chrome side to table center your shape on the tacky backing
  • 5: Heat to laminate them together
  • 6:Heat and press excess material to the backside
  • LOOKS GREAT GOOD JOB! Sew if you want, if using a thermal go ahead and shape em together or shape your thermal first then laminate for smoother finish
  • Have loads of fun and let All cosplayers know about this Application!

    Lets be social!

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DirtyPeanut Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2019
Thank you for this walk through! Question: If the piece has raised edges/details, will the vinyl conform to the raised edges when heated? Or should the base piece and raised edges/details be separately wrapped, and then attached together afterwards?
TriforceMaster001 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
This is really impressive! I will have to remember that later on.
Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Ssk995 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
My god, I love you! I needed this so much!
Taymrs Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this really form to the shape it's on?  Like if I put it directly on worbla would it have a bumpy texture?
closetemodancerboy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
This stuff is awesome! Using some to make a winter soldier arm and it looks so real. The only problem is that you can't really paint on top of the vinyl because the surface is so smooth. I'm trying to figure out a way to seal it without ruining the effect. Thanks so much!
OyamaTatsu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
This Wonder Woman is so great! My buddy wants to do a She-Colossus and this will help a lot! Cheers!
kbakonyi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great idea and great job! Can you paint/age on top of this stuff, or will it just chip/flake off immediately?

I've never used auto body vinyl before for anything, but I know fabric vinyl can sometimes be a pain to stick to things (it hates glue)-- how well would this stuff attach to large pieces of EVA foam armor? I'm not actually making armor, but I need to coat an EVA foam build in a smooth white glossy/semi-glossy finish, and I'm worried about the cost/time/mess of painting with plasti-dip, so doing it with white auto-body vinyl seems like a huge step up from buying super expensive fabric vinyl/pvc and trying to glue it on... 

(If you need me to be more specific about what I'm doing to advise me, let me know - just don't want to bombard you, a random stranger, with details about my crazy cosplay project lol)
Jaelie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks like I'm almost a year late to THIS party, but wow! What an incredible idea. I love costuming innovation and thinking outside the box. Thanks for sharing your idea!
Mew-Universe Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student Writer
OMZ I need this to make Sailor Moon tiaras. :D Thank you so much!!!
Tokyogirly Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I would really LOVE to use it! I want to do a cosplay of Karai from TMNT 2012!
But, isn't car wrap expensive?
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Artist
Not too bad in small amounts. Local garages often have cut-offs they're willing to part with for cheap-free as well.
Tokyogirly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
oohh!!! thank you <3
K0rvid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, I always wanted to make metallic nipple stars! Joking aside, this is incredibly useful and looks great.
Arevenise Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woohoo! Armor cosplay I'm on the way!
AngryPixieDesign Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you for sharing! *high five*
Kawaii-Couture Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Artist
Amazing tutorial. I'm definitely keeping tutorial for future use.
TransientVenture Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you have to coat the Eva foam with glue to stiffen it before applying the vinyl?
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Artist
If you want the foam stiffer you can but it's not required. The stuff I used sticks to the flexible eva.
TransientVenture Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Alright, cool. Thanks for the info!
wolfboi1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
I am having a bit of an issue with this.  I bought some blue chrome auto wrap and gave it to a company to test out sewing it onto a hard foam core.  This is what they told me:

"This material has no stretch so therefore it will not contour to the surface needed to cover your parts.  Because it would be applied to foam, any type of indentation or swipe of a fingernail leaves a permanent depression.  Also, the adhesive it not strong enough to adhere to the foam.  We first tried a heat gun that that was too much so we tried a hair dryer but it still did not allow the material to stretch."

Am I not getting the right kind of material?  Do you have any suggestions?
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Artist
Best suggestion is to get samples of everything you want to try. There are lots of different brands and types of vinyl wrap out there.

CanadaCosplay's Manager says:
Lots of technical stuff aside, you are looking at a real trial&error process with any new material. A lot of things don't want to stick to foam, ever, because it's a porous surface and has very little overall surface area to adhere to. There are ways you can coat it if you don't need the foam to be flexible, and then it will adhere better.
If you're commissioning a piece from someone else get them to do material tests until it'll work. 
wolfboi1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
I think it mostly had to do with the stretchability of the fabric.  Also when they tried to sew it they noticed that it might be an issue because the sewing created a perforation in the fabric and it being so thin could easily tear.
CMVM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need this!
alandria7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Como chama isso em português? Nunca ouvi falar de "encapar" carros O.o" Obrigada!
HenryJonesVictor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Tem no mercado livre, mas não é moldável. Também tem fita cromada, acho q serve em alguns casos :) (Smile) 
alandria7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist
HenryJonesVictor Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student General Artist
De nada! :) (Smile) 
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Thanks, I've been thinking of using some of this stuff, but wasn't sure how it would work.  Thanks for the demonstration.
alana-tendress Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I Love this!

Do you know if you can "age" it with something like "Rub'n'buff'?

I love the shiny, but to have the option to also age it would be sweet!
JTF3 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Hows this stuff look at a seam? Obvious or does it hide itself pretty well?
Zaigwast Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
awesome,thank you...but wont the heat gun burn your hand ? o_0
Aelwyn23 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2014   Photographer
This is the same sign vinyl we've used in the exhibit business for 20+ years. You can buy it at any sign shop or distributor or even at Amazon.
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm passing this along to my armor making friend, she will flip!! Thanks for the great advice!!
Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
This literally solves all of my problems
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Artist
LaraNovales Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I love this!! Thank you very much!
jennis233 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
This is excellent! Thank you!
AniDragon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds almost too good to be true! What's the cost like?
BisectedBrioche Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is great! I've been looking for a way to get a sort of "black metallic" effect for some Dark Link props!
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Artist
its works on anything so I wish you luck! thats somthing I would like to see if you ever put it up ^^
Bringer-of-Doom Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist

Oh God.


ALL OF MY EVERLASTING LOVE!! YOU SHALL HAVE IT!! *starts throwing heart-shaped chocolate boxes at alarming and possibly lethal rate*
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Artist
ahahaha im glad you are please! share the info forward!
Hugbell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
. . . . Honey you don't know what you just did to my vinyl sign budget.

(I love you for this.)
finalpain Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial.  I never even considered this before and I'm used to having to find ways to stretch my cosplay budget without resorting to cardboard.  Thanks for making this and keep up the great work!
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Artist
saves time and money on paint believe me, if you find it useful share the information forward ^^
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's too awesome!!! Excellent tutorial, this'll help!
KayPikeFashion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Artist
I hope it does help! share the information forward ^^
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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