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Craft Foam Armor Tutorial by MissCordie Craft Foam Armor Tutorial by MissCordie
I've been working on this tutorial for a while since doing armor for my first time was such a rewarding experience! Hopefully this helps some of you out at some point or another!
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ZombieOwl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting! I don't know if or when I'll ever try armory things, but this is very cool stuff! :dance:
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Locosplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What armor is this? I love the design on the arm! makes me think of Zyra or from LoL :3
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Chattergirl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg so cool!
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1PrinceSakun Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I always love these turtorials :D plan to make something close to this but  .Hack animation which im working on.
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SawakoToudoji Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omfg ♥ That's great ! You saved my Life with this tutorial ! Thank you !
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KittyChow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you, this is great :)
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RockMafiaJV Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Will this sealant be waterproof?
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Stardust-skies Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been using water and glue as a sealant for quite a while, but I mostly winged the ratio in most cases. Then I found this and the 2:1 proportion really helps! Thanks :)
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MuggleDirection Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Artist
For heating, Is blower okay? And what's the mixed glue and water again for? :>
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anzudrako Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
juts to show you what i made base in your tutorial anzudrako.deviantart.com/art/A…
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
VERY awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!
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anzudrako Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you to you
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Kokushibyu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
Step 5. Sealing it. Does that also protect the foam from the nicks, scratches and dents it so easily obtains? 
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CelestialMelodia Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's still foam so i high impact will still probably nick it. But I've heard that it's sturdier than it looks and really good for convention wear. BTW I'm lovin' your icon.
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Kokushibyu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awesome. I hope so~! :3 I'm not going to have a full suit thing of foam armor stuff. Mostly just pieces, so that'll probably also make me feel better about it getting scratched and whatnots.
And thank you~! x3
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It protects it somewhat, especially the more layers you put onto it because as the glue hardens so will the foam.
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AnimeCosplayLover19 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this tutorial :) 
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sasammi2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
That was great! Thank you so much!

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LittleHobbit13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This is fantastic.  One of the better and best tutorials I've seen. 
Any suggestions/products for giving it a metallic-looking finish?
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m1ndr34d3r Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This tutorial is awesome!! Just wondering what kindof glue did you use? I tried doing hot glue on craft foam but it falls apart QnQ
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SmileyVamp Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you use gesso to seal it instead of glue?
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abc-human Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gahhh... I hate making patterns.
Good tutorial!
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shewa43 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Best tutorial ive seen so far! ^___~ keep up the good work! !!
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IresistableAshGirl Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would a hair dryer work?
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is amazing, I've been looking for a way to make larger pieces of armor as well! Would this technique work for like a chest piece and shoulders, or leg armor?
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Azurimi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I have a question: how thick is your foam, mine keeps flopping over and doesn't keep it's shape! D:
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just the standard thickness, it's not very thick at all. Are you holding it until it cools? The sealant also helps harden it considerably.
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Azurimi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Ah okay, I'll try holding it down till it isn't warm anymore! Thanks! ^^
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Zen-Cosplay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is awesome thank you so much for making this. Btw I was curious for the example piece you used for this tutorial what method did you do to keep it on your bicep?
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's attached to an elastic band on the inside, pretty simple actually!
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HimeHeishi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Did you make it smooth using the heat gun? Or are you just incredibly good and talented at that? 8I
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was smoothed using the combination of the heat gun and then careful hand molding so I wouldn't have any bumps. Also, the smaller the pieces you work with, the easier it is to keep it smooth!
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HimeHeishi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see I see~ Thanks~!
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Sora12Hearts Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
this looks awesome! what kind of gloss did u use for the pieces?
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just your standard brush on gloss you can get at any arts and crafts store. Mine was a Liquitex medium gloss I believe.
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Sora12Hearts Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
oh i see! thank you very much!
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Wicked-MSTH Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what do you mean by 2:1?
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A two to one ratio. Two parts glue for every one part water!
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Marianis2305 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I quickly ask what program you made the tutorial in? I've been trying for WAY too long.
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Photoshop CS4! It took a while to do but that's the best I've found so far :/
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Marianis2305 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooo thanks, I ended up trying SAI and GIMP but it was a nightmare, I ended up getting CS6 as a present and it's ridiculously easy on there.
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Thanks! This is helpful! The armor for the cosplay I'm working on right now is a lot less intricate than what is pictured (all I need is simple elbow guards and paldrons)...I've been working on the elboy guards, and what I did is seal them and coat them with fabrick. By any chance do yuo know if I should use acrylic paint or puff paint for the most realistic finish, or am I doing it wrong alltogether?
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd use acrylic for your base coat and if you need raised bits, go for the puff paint! I used acrylic for mine personally and it worked great!
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I ended up using acrylic paint no puffpaint necessary and I got lots of compliments on the armor
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear it!
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AydenGracePhoto Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
When you mean a "sealant" Are you referring to something like Fiberglass Resin? Or Gesso? Both?

Thanks!
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Apologies for the late response, but typically anything that will close up the pores of the foam, be it glue, gesso, or whatever really should work!
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Both of those could, in theory, work for something like this (I've never used them with craft foam though, so I couldn't say for certain). However, I use a mixture of Elmer's glue and water to simply fill in the pores of the foam, but still retain the shape and thinness of the original foam. Basically it's just smoothing it out, without compromising the shape or thickness of the foam.
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MissCordie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually much simpler and something that doesn't need sanding. Water/white glue mixture or modge podge are both suitable for sealing craft foam.
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icevalkyrie7 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
where do you buy heat guns?
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