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I usually don't do this but I've really been thinking about it and all the stuff it requires. I was just wondering who here makes their cosplays and if so, what supplies do you use?
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awkwardkilljoy wrote:

I usually don't do this but I've really been thinking about it and all the stuff it requires. I was just wondering who here makes their cosplays and if so, what supplies do you use?


Well, in general a great starting point for just about anything cosplay is http://cosplaytutorial.com/. They've got starting guides for lots of sections, from what fabrics to choose to props and more.

Personally, I'm most comfortable working in props, so the kind of stuff I usually deal with:
HDPE plastic sheeting - it's somewhat stiff, very thin, fairly flat, and opaque. You can cut shapes out of it to add raised details to your props.

Craft foam - it's about 1/16" from a lot of suppliers, though it comes thicker and thinner. It's soft, but a couple of layers glued together can hold a shape, and you can easily paint it. Great for armor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj-WC35cxgs

Sintra / Foamed PVC sheet - stiff sheets that you can shape with a heat gun or oven set to a low temperature, it can be cut into shapes, you can engrave it, drill holes in it, glue it, paint it, and more. One of my favorite materials for props and armor. http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2014/07/pegasus-seiya-saint-seiya-anime-expo.html

Friendly Plastic pellets - these are little globes of plastic that melt under heat (like in boiling water), then you can shape them to whatever you want, and when they cool, they'll hold their shape. Much like..

Worbla - a lot of cosplay armorers swear by this stuff. You can heat shape it, with heat it'll bond to itself, you can build up layers to give it strength, coat it with other materials, and so on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZl65FRUZnw

Plastic casting resin - great for casting objects in existing molds, or coating items (like craft foam) to give them strength and smoothness. http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-a/c5_1120_1210/index.html

Bondo body filler - it's what they use for cars and boats and such. Stinks horribly while you're working with it, but it'll fill in gaps and dents really well, then you can sand and paint it like the outer surface of your object.

Some of the tools that I find most useful are a heat gun, hot glue gun (dual temp), sewing machine, Dremel, and a router.

Hope some of that helps!
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