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Posted 11/15/13
Hey CR!

I'm currently planning on attending Akon 25 in Dallas TX this coming summer and I could use some advice on a couple's cosplay. My girlfriend and I have decided to do Kirito and Asuna from Sword Art Online (Because that's never been done before lol!) and could use some advice from experienced cosplayers!

Its easy enough to just order a custom made cosplay for these's two characters because of how popular the anime turned out but we are looking into hopefully sticking out a bit by changing the outfits up if at all possible.


I was looking up pictures of Kirito and came across a picture on Deviantart that really caught my attention. Its Kirito in his normal cloak but its alot more armored up lots of detail. I like the idea of him being more armored up because its an MMO after all and I feel like its a bit more realistic then the anime.



How would you guys go about this? Im not exactly trying to look exactly like this photo but I do like the idea of taking a normal Kirito cosplay and adding more armor. What do you guys think?

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Posted 11/15/13 , edited 11/15/13

Cool idea!

A lot of the armor would be easier to wear if it was still flexible (like on the shoulder and knee), so using EVA foam / Craft Foam cut into the proper shapes, then sewed into fabric to look like the armor could do the trick for you. It'd also be pretty easy to make if you have access to a sewing machine and fabric that looks like the armor you want. Then you can sew the shapes onto your outfit, hot glue them in place, use hooks & eyes, elastic straps, or a bunch of other ways of putting it on.

If you want firm armor that you need to paint, I still like Craft Foam - I cut two layers of it, then use hot glue to merge them together and shape them while that cools, or use a heat gun to soften an area later, shape it more, and let it cool while holding it in place. After that, you can paint on fiberglass resin to make it tougher. Or you can hot glue fiberglass mat to the outside of the shape, then paint in the fiberglass resin for even more strength. Add some bondo to fill in gaps and smooth things out (and use a power sander) for nice results.

Worbla is also really popular these days. You can shape it with heat, it holds paint well, and it's pretty tough. There's also a ton of tutorials for it on YouTube, so that could be nice to have!
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Posted 11/15/13

MakotoKamui wrote:


Cool idea!

A lot of the armor would be easier to wear if it was still flexible (like on the shoulder and knee), so using EVA foam / Craft Foam cut into the proper shapes, then sewed into fabric to look like the armor could do the trick for you. It'd also be pretty easy to make if you have access to a sewing machine and fabric that looks like the armor you want. Then you can sew the shapes onto your outfit, hot glue them in place, use hooks & eyes, elastic straps, or a bunch of other ways of putting it on.

If you want firm armor that you need to paint, I still like Craft Foam - I cut two layers of it, then use hot glue to merge them together and shape them while that cools, or use a heat gun to soften an area later, shape it more, and let it cool while holding it in place. After that, you can paint on fiberglass resin to make it tougher. Or you can hot glue fiberglass mat to the outside of the shape, then paint in the fiberglass resin for even more strength. Add some bondo to fill in gaps and smooth things out (and use a power sander) for nice results.

Worbla is also really popular these days. You can shape it with heat, it holds paint well, and it's pretty tough. There's also a ton of tutorials for it on YouTube, so that could be nice to have!


That's very helpful! I wasn't thinking about anything to heavy duty. I was thinking something on the right shoulder, something on the legs? I haven't been to many cons but Im aware that there are alot of SAO cosplayers so we are trying to go the next level and stick out from the rest ya know?
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Posted 11/15/13 , edited 11/15/13

VextHamton wrote:

That's very helpful! I wasn't thinking about anything to heavy duty. I was thinking something on the right shoulder, something on the legs? I haven't been to many cons but Im aware that there are alot of SAO cosplayers so we are trying to go the next level and stick out from the rest ya know?


Hmmm.. I'd really suggest foam sewed into cloth, then. You can find cloth that looks awesome as armor (be sure to check the swimsuit fabric areas), and basically sew the foam shapes into pillows of the fabric to make your armors. It'll be flexible, look cool, and be easy to attach.. and no one else is doing it for SAO!

If you don't have a sewing machine, you can cut the craft foam to the shapes you want to show off in the armor, cut your fabric to the overall shape, then glue the foam to the bottom fabric, let it dry, lay down glue trails between the foam shapes, and press the outer fabric into those. That'll give you detail lines and flexible shapes that you can easily wear.
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