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How to make Props with Plastidip and Foam Sheets

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Published: February 12, 2013
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New tutorial. Enjoy!

*I SHOULD NOTE* I used the quarter inch foamie sheets for this.
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800x5837px 1.47 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Feb 8, 2013, 9:50:03 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Sensor Size
1mm
Comments53
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TypeCaliber's avatar
Would i be able to make Marshmellos helmet with this stuff? Ive been told a bucket works but its not gonna give me an exact same look, im trying to make an exact replica.
Hells-Wingman's avatar
I tried this on craft foam sheets and they just soaked up the plastidip and it didn't look anything like yours. Any idea what went wrong?
xaynie's avatar
Not OP but add 2 - 3 layers of Mod Podge or a mixture of water & white glue before Plasti-Dip. Your craft foam is too porous so it's just eating away at your Plasti-Dip. Good luck!
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NikkeiZXStudent Digital Artist
another tip I'd add: before you add the mod podge, be sure to heat seal your foam really good with a heat gun first. But yea, Xaynie is right: be sure to add mod podge before you add plastidip. I'd recommend using a foam brush to apply it for a smoother coating (or so I've learned, anyway)
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LuckyBandagesHobbyist General Artist
Where did you get your Eva Foam? It looks like you got the 1/4 inch instead of the 1/2 inch. I'm looking for the 1/4 inch because I need thinner Eva foam that can bend a little more.
Please get back to me soon, and thanks for reading my comment!
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LuckyBandagesHobbyist General Artist
Also on the side note, did you buy the foam mats or the foam rolls? Im trying to find Foam rolls instead of the mats because I'm working on a large project.
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VenegalHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm curious, what Cosplay did you use this prop on ?
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MissWeirdCatHobbyist General Artist
for the plugsuit of Asuka from evangelion she has this backpack on her back :3
realityhack1's avatar
Another good one! Thank you for the breakdown and the supplies list!
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Kairi-ChaiHobbyist Traditional Artist
What kind of foam is this exactly?  Because I've tried googling and looking in various craft shops and only found the kind that is used for cushioning.
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LartovioStudent General Artist
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!
Bencaz's avatar
Where did you find foam that thick?
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RuffleButtCosplayProfessional Artisan Crafter
michaels.
Lunnacry's avatar
Normally i coat foam with varnish before painting specially if im gonna use Spray. 

But this is a nice idea here =) Love it =D
Gonna try it =D
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RuffleButtCosplayProfessional Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
KayoraImperesi's avatar
This is definitely going to come in handy for my GLaDOS cosplay. =D
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RuffleButtCosplayProfessional Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
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trmbngrlProfessional Artist
Awesome thank you! Plastidip doesn't erode anything when applied directly? O.o
RuffleButtCosplay's avatar
RuffleButtCosplayProfessional Artisan Crafter
Nope!
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LKani General Artist
Excellent tutorial, this is definitely a technique to keep in mind for posterity. How durable would you say props made with this method are?
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RuffleButtCosplayProfessional Artisan Crafter
very durable. The thing you will have to worry about the most is the paint job.
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LKani General Artist
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!
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