Sometimes you make a piece or project and it turns out that you need it to be sturdier than you planned. Or maybe you specifically need foam to be on the outside of a build, for your LARP rules, or for detailing purposes. Or maybe you’re just trying to use as little Worbla on a build as possible because you’re on a budget!
One way you can use Worbla that we’ve started to see more and more of is as a backing for foam, instead of covering it! We want to walk you through the process and when and why and how you’d use Worbla that way!
This breastplate was made using one of Kamui’s paterns, out of 1/4″ L200 foam. It’s lightweight and flexible, but a little too flexible: if you’re wearing a piece like this, it is going to want to crease at your middle where you bend, that’s just the nature of foam!
We made this chestplate to be a front only: it will be covered by a jacket over the back, so this keeps the heat of wearing it down: foam doesn’t breathe after all! We reinforced the neck so that area wouldn’t warp, and the front chest, while allowing the sides to be flexible so we can put it on various model sizes.
The end result is a solid breastplate that can be worn without worrying about creasing at our flex points, while staying lightweight and inexpensive – great for a quick build.
We had some fun experimenting with new paint for this project!
There you have it! You can use this technique at the start of your build, or add Worbla when you’ve completed and already worn something, if you discover it needs to be reinforced!