Have you seen Aleeusha‘s owl? Made from TranspArt, Friendly Plastic, silicone and 30 LED’s, we can’t believe how awesome her rendition of Dori’thur is, and of course her Tyrande Whisperwind’s Master Skin is equally brilliant!
Aleeusha used Worbla and foam for the rest of her armor build, which also lights up!
This fantastic costume build was shared with us by The Art of Ryan Wells. He used EVA foam and Worbla to create this Starship Troopers arachnid that can be disassembled for easy storage and transport (plus, getting through doorways). Additional images by David Ngo.
Koumori Cosplay, created this amazing Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Crusader armor! The paint and details blew us away when we saw it – take a look at the build process below. Full costume photographed by EOSKnight.
Tiff shared with us her build of her Pixie costume from X-Men.
Design Pixie is by far the funnest character to plan since there are many depictions of her, especially on all the variations of wings, armor and pink hair you can find depending on the artist. For my take, I really wanted her armor to be bulky and over-exaggerated, because it would give it that “cartoony” appearance which I always love.
Construction I purchased a pair of “Black Sclera” theatrical contact lenses from FX Eyes. Originally, I had made my own wings but was not happy about the quality of it so I decided to give my business to Fancy Fairy. They did an impeccable job on my wings. The wig is from Arda in Rose Pink.
I’m extremely terrible at sewing. I decided to buy a black catsuit and make my own yellow pattern. I sewed the yellow pattern on to the catsuit and then, uh, bad things happen (hint: not symmetrical).
Bracers: I used two layers of EVA foam because I wanted the bracers to look really chunky and cartoon-ish, and then I covered it with a layer of Worbla.
As expected, they ended up being very loose on my skinny little arms so I wrapped them with suran wrap very tightly for about a week. To my surprise, it actually worked and fit my arms perfectly.
For the little “knobs” on the side of the bracers, I used the bottom part of a disposable cup and cut out the top part. Filled the bottom part with resin because the cup was really weak and flimsy after cutting it, and then I used Worbla to form the shape.
Boots: This was definitely a learning experience for me because I never made boot covers before. I basically drew a pattern out of my doc marten boots and cut the pattern in half. Luckily, these boot covers were able to fit perfectly right over of my sneakers, despite the fact that the pattern was based off the doc martens. I used Wonderflex.
Legs: I used a cheap push light to make the shape of the knee “pads”. These are made out of Worbla. The rest of the armor for the legs was just eyeing everything.
Thanks again to Tiff for sharing her build with us!
Just currently working on my Genderbend Tryndamere cosplay as most of you know. I’ve been working with Worbla for the first time and its been a really nice experience. If I knew it was so easy I would have used it a long time ago. It is very expensive so that’s why I’ve been avoiding it, but one large piece did most of my Tryndarmere armor.
Worbla is a plastic material that melts easily with a heat gun. You can mold any shape you want and reshape it if you made any mistakes. The nice thing about Worbla is that you can melt all the scraps and mold it together to make details on your cosplay. It’s a very nice change from using foam board and sanding everything, having trouble making it durable and smooth.
When I made armor I wanted durable, such as my breastplate, I used 2 layers of Worbla. I layered it flat first and then shaped it. This makes it stronger and harder to melt so that you won’t warp it while reheating it up to stick on details. For straight or curved elements I used craft foam and wrapped the worbla around it. Most cosplayers use a double layer to make it stronger but I only used the front layer in order to save money. I will hopefully go through more details about worbla later on.
Most of the stuff I’ve learned is from two specific cosplayers. Lightning Cosplay & Kamui Cosplay which are the two cosplayers I look up to and follow the most. I believe they are both from Germany and possibly are friends? Anyways, Most of the things I’ve learnt is from looking at their cosplays and videos, I urge you to follow them on Facebook and be inspired! Kamui has many good video tutorials about working with cosplay materials, making gems etc. She has subtitles so just put them on and you can follow her tutorials with no problem.
So here are the images of my Worbla pieces so far. I haven’t added any Gesso or paint yet. When you use Worbla you have to use a gesso or fiberglass to smoothen it out from what I’ve hear from other cosplayers.
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I made a mold of my body using gaffer tape, then drew on the rough shape of my armour, which I then cut out and transferred the pattern onto foam sheets. (The foam sheets were later sandwiched inside the armor for strength)
Here are some pieces with the foam sandwiched inside, before and after fusing the Worbla layers:
I then adjusted the shape until it resembled the base shape I desired.
I then added accents using the Worbla; any leftover pieces were molded into studs, spikes and rings.
Priming the armor:
Painting the base coat and weathering the bodice.
The leg armor in progress.
Leg armor with spikes and fur added.
Leg Armor, painted and weathered.
The finished leg armor.
The finished costume:
The Worbla was really easy to work with and I’m really happy with the end result, it was my first try at making armour and using Worbla and I’ve had incredible feedback from fellow cosplayers. It has actually encouraged a lot of people I know to get into cosplaying and making bigger projects.