By BeyondBelieving on 4 February 2015 1 Comment
Let’s get this blogging started! I thought it would be useful to do a post about the materials I love to use in cosplay, with a little explanation why. This is of course what I personally prefer and I keep on discovering new material which I will then try to tell you guys about again. So here we go. (prices and where to buy is UK based)
Worbla (range from £6, A4, to £ 55, XL sheet)
Is there any cosplay who doesn’t use Worbla these days? I’ve only been using it for a short period of time but am loving working with it. Worbla is a termoplastic material which bends and shapes when you heat it up. It’s perfect for armour and adding extra little details to a costume. It hardens up fast and can easily be painted. (including some priming and sealing of course)
Worbla does require some practise, as you want to try and avoid getting bubbles. Personally I don’t use the sandwhich method. (two sides of Worbla with foam in the middle) I use a foam cut out as a pattern and fold the Worbla around this. It needs a bit more work as getting bubbles is easier like this, but it works!
Milliput (around £2.50 a packet)
Milliput is a two-part, cold setting, non shrinking epoxy putty sold in cartons containing 113.4gm. One 56.7gm stick of each part. I would call it a sort of clay. The package comes in two different sorts of ‘clay’ which you put together when you want to start and shape it. When then the two get put together it dries in about 3 hours. Which is perfect if you want to get right on to painting. I love Millput for props, it can be used for a hilt, details and the little extras you need next to a blade. It dries fast, can easily be painted and gets really solid.
Available to buy: eBay
Polymorph (around £15 for a 1kg pack)
Polymorph is a thermoplastic polymer which melts at 62°C and consists of small off-white plastic granules. You buy Polymorph in a packet of little plastic white balls. By putting them in to a bowl (or whatever you want to use) of boiled water it melts and goes transparant, which gives you the opportunity to shape it. Ekko Cosplay and me decided to try this for the first time and used it for my Elsa blade. When shaped put it in a boil of water which makes it go white and solid.
Check this video to see how it works. The materials is very strong when cooled and wouldn’t just break. The only con I found out about Polymorph, it’s hard to paint! It definitely needs priming as paint just rubs off without it.
Foam (around £0.80 for A3 sheet)
This is something I couldn’t go without. Foam comes in a lot of different sizes and widths. EVA foam is thicker and is often used for bigger armour builds. All though it’s slightly harder to shape then Worbla a works a lot better for example Mass Effect, Iron Man and Halo suits.
I personally use thinner sheets of foam as patterns or bases for Worbla or small parts of armour. I have faked foam before to look like leather and used it to make a dragon scale pattern. Always be careful with different paints as the foam might soak it up. Foam is cheap which makes it perfect for me to test patterns on. I’m often to cautious to start on Worbla right away as it’s a lot pricier.
Available to buy: Your local hobby store, eBay, Amazon, most hardware stores, foam is available in a lot of shops!
I will keep on adding new and other materials I find out about and share them with all of you. I have started working with PVC and acrylic tubes and materials like perspex and resin. More to come on that! If there is any other topics you guys would like me to talk about, do let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page.