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Tutorial: Making Armour From Foam by Hidennka Tutorial: Making Armour From Foam by Hidennka
I've finally gotten around to doing it! I've had quite a few people asking me how I made this armour and for tips on recreating something similar. Now I want you guys to know, I'm very amateur and I still have a lot to learn. Even now I'm finding new and better ways to perfect this process so please feel free to branch out and try new things!

If you have any questions, please feel to ask away! :)
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yunyun06 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so helpful, thank you!!
i was wondering, though, how did you get the bottom half of the chest plate to look curved?
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xXunovianXx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! This is a very nice tutorial.
Question: I'm making a foam prop of my own, and reading about your modpodge section, are you talking about this modpodge with the purple label? If so, I guess I would have to go to a crafting store to buy one of those, right?
And what would you say would be the difference between using modpodge instead of saying, wood/PVA glue solution or a really popular PlastiDip to finish EVA foam projects? I'm having trouble deciding what exactly I might want to buy for my first foam prop. 
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FinalFantasyCosplays Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Question - I didn't have a dress form, so I wrapped myself with plastic wrap, taped over it and drew the shapes on the tape.  When I cut myself out and cut the pieces, I noticed my my breast pieces wouldn't lie flat -- of course.  How did you cut them to get them to lie flat so that you could transfer the pattern onto your craft foam.  I saw your picture where the pieces are already laid out, but they all look nice and flat. 
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rayxofxsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is likely REALLY late, but I hope it helps all the same (or maybe someone else who sees this)

The trick is using darts like you would in making clothing. By cutting into the curves, you can spread the pattern flat. When you cut it out of foam, you'll glue the edges of the dart together - this will create a naturally round shape. Use a heat gun (or steam from hot water, maybe?) to gently curve the foam - this will help it look nice and smooth. :3
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FinalFantasyCosplays Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's better late than never.  Thanks  ;)
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Azureran Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Super useful tutorial, looking forward to trying it out these holidays :)
Would you think that this would would work well for weapons too? (Provided the foam was layered up and had a rigid core)
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notyour-prey Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how much foam do you think you would need for torso armour, gauntlets and calf armour?

thanks! :)
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm let's see, when I did Lightning that was torso (back and front), shoulders, gauntlets, waist and legs. I used... 2 camping mats and about 20 pieces of A3 thin foam. I don't know if that's helpful at all? It really depends on your body size and shape :)
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JimbleIsLove Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for this~
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
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Mana-hime Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
thank you so much for making this tutorial
I plan Lightnings armour for next year and I am so gonna try out your tutorial
again, thank you very much
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to see it when it's done! Good luck and you're welcome :)
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lutece-irwin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
ohh fucking hell. this is so good. and damn i wish i could be this awesome.
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha 'tis nothing really, but thank you :)
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Ally-Kay Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I cant believe this is all out of craft foam. Im new to cosplaying and all the stuff I would walk by in the stores and go "huh..wonder what people use that for" IS ALL MAKING SENSE NOW!! lol Thanks for this tutorial :D
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so very welcome! I'm just an amateur myself, but I found this method really handy for making some great pieces. It's served me well and I hope it does the same for you! Good luck with your future cosplays :)
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Kaizokiru Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
YES THANK-YOU SO MUCH CARMALL, finally a tutorial that I actually understand :heart:
This is brilliant, and I loved your Hawke armour especially so I'll have to give this a shot one time!
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awwwww you~
I'm glad its easy to understan and I hope it helps in any way possible!
If you get stuck just let me know :D
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Lone-wolf-cub Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
BRILLIANT! But what about 'Armour' that is housed off the shoulders? EG. Gigantic Bio-Booster Guyver's Shoulder 'things'? any suggestions there?
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be honest, I had to google what that was and hot dayum those are some big shoulders! To be honest, if you're looking for a cost effective method to make something like those shoulders I would probably blow a balloon roughly the same size and use that as a base for paper mache, personally :)
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Gamoden Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what grit or type of sand paper did you use on your craft foam, both for the initial edge smoothing as well as for you cleaning up your glue? I imagine if you used something that was too coarse that it would ruin the foam. Great tutorial btw ^^
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Hidennka Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, good point! I used a super fine grit. The finest for any surface sanding, and just kept replacing the piece I was using (due to the fact that having such a fine grain it would wear down quickly). I used one level coarser for removing glue and the edges, and then smoothed with the finer grain :) 
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GunnerYunie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very well done tutorial :) cheers!
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