Worbla’s Kobracast Art is one of our newest products, and quite different than the rest of our lineup in some ways! Paper thin and incredibly sticky when activated, Kobracast works much like a thermoplastic interfacing: you can use it to fuse to and manipulate fabrics, creating seamless looks and permanent details. It also can be used for hatmaking, both as an alternative to buckram in some aspects or for creating sculpted details such as feathers or ruffles that stand on their own without wire. Kobracast can be sewn through with a standard machine, reshaped with heat whenever needed, and can be washed in cold water, making it excellent for costumes where more finicky materials would give trouble.
Below you can see some ways Kobracast has been used to create costume and accessory pieces.
You can also see videos of it in action and how it has been used in the above projects below!
Nicole Taylor of Nicci Knacks: Sculpture, Costume Arts & Commissions is a talented sculptor who works with polymer clay, foam, wire and Worbla, Nicci Knacks has created some absolutely stunning works that are completely unique and amazing examples of the versatility of Worbla in mixed-media projects. Take a look at some of her stunning pieces below!
She often documents her pieces with both photos of the build and videos of the process:
Her Cephalopod hat build can be seen in steps below.
If you own a Ball Joint Doll, you know that making small props and costume accessories can be tricky – clay can shrink when baked, or be brittle when handled. Worbla lets you make both props and accessories easily, without worrying about the traditional limits of other materials – and the best part is? You can easily use up scraps from smaller projects for your doll!
Here at Worbla.com we are always finding new and amazing ways Worbla has been used to create beautiful and often breathtaking art. We’ve started to see Worbla incorporated into amazing corsetry, and have created a small gallery below. If you have used Worbla in your corset, bustier or stays, please let us know!
Royal Black is a couture label based in Vienna / Austria, which has specialized in finest handcrafted corsetry, evening wear and costumes. Their work has inspired many, with an artisan mix of luxurious fabrics, perfect fit, classic couture and tailoring techniques as well as new technologies like lasercutting, engraving or 3D printing turn each garment into a unique piece of wearable art.
Glorious Empire Collection:
The Crown Princess: Lasercut Worbla on the epaulettes and hip pieces.
The Empress: Lasercut Worbla on the shoulder pieces and collar.
The Admiral/Black Admiral: Worbla used in the Epaulets.
The Concubine: Worbla was sculpted into the Shoulder pieces, which are on strong magnets and detachable.
Enchanted Garden Collection:
Holly Gold and Silver Thistle Worbla leaves and Sunflowers.
Costumes & Characters:
Atlantis: The seahorses, starfish and the anchor are made from handpainted Worbla.
Charlotte Kelleher is a Wellington, NZ based Costume Artist, Prop builder and Armour Technician serving film, theatre and other creative industries with high-quality costumes and props. Her works are distinguished by their elegance and the finesse of execution, and she is a current finalist in the 2016 World of Wearable Art competition in the Weta Workshop Costume and Film section.
Charlotte used Worbla for this fantastic headpiece and corset, photographed by Matt Barnes.
Erza Cosplay continues to astonish us with her amazing attention to detail, fantastic craftsmanship, and wonderful tutorials and willingness to help that we love to see within the community. As a result, this is a page to highlight and showcase her phenomenal work. If you haven’t done so, you should absolutely check her out!
Erza’s most recent project has been Sagittarius, a Greco-Roman armored piece with amazing detail.
This amazing Heavy Luminescence Armor from Guild Wars 2 used Worbla’s Finest Art, TranspArt and DecoArt. Photos by Katapon Photo, Harrasaki Photographie and NBM l Productions.
Eir Stegalkin from Guild Wars 2. Photos by Greencat
Hel, the Dragon of Life and Death, an original design by Erza Cosplay.
Videos and Tutorials
Erza Cosplay has also shared numerous videos showing multiple techniques with Worbla products for Cosplay and Costumes.
Fake Cleavage Planning a costume that requires Epic Cleavage? Need a way to build a top that you don’t break laws with – and won’t fall out of? Erza Cosplay created this video showing how she made her fake breasts with Worbla, foam, and spandex for her Nakagami Armor. Photo by Romana Gruber Photography
Fine Detail in Worbla Black Art Erza Cosplay shows how she uses thin sections of Worbla’s Black Art to create the iconic Greek ‘wave’ detail on her upcoming costume.
You can also see how she uses a ‘half relief’ method to create impressive detail for her upcoming Sagittarius design.
Or if you need to make Celtic Knotwork for your designs:
Horns This is a great video showing how to make lightweight, sturdy horns for your cosplay using Worbla Black Art and Aluminum Foil.
Dragons! Erza Cosplay shared how she makes Dragon heads without armature or base in this video series.
Laura Kane Designs used Worbla to create this amazing oyster shell jacket. She built up a form using plastic wrap and duct tape and shaped the Worbla over to create this fantastically organic shape, and her paint included sand and stone textures to further emphasize the organic nature.
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.
While it’s hard to tell Worbla Black from Worbla’s Finest when everything’s finished, the smoothness and ability to take extra fine detail can be a definite bonus. Here are examples of work done with Worbla Black!
A Greco-Roman breastplate made of Black Art by Erza Cosplay. The fine detail she can achieve is astonishing!
AllieCat Art and Cosplay used Worbla’s Finest Art to create this fantastic costume of Lieutenant Allison Jakes with a working smoke machine and lights and an incredible paint job. Check out how she did the paint work here! With photos from Vancouver Cosplay
When standard Acrylic isn’t viable, Worbla’s TranspArt (WTA) is a clear thermoplastic that offers amazing flexibility and resilience that is solvent-stable, as well as Non-Toxic and Skin-Safe. TranspArt can be vacuformed, both on an actual machine/table as well as by hand with simple tools, can be tinted and dyed, and is incredibly difficult to tear, dent or rip. Look below to see examples of what our customers have done with our product.
These amazing Coffee Splash and Milk Pour props are frozen in time and made from Worbla’s Transpa Art and Worbla’s Deco Art. Finished with Heritage glass stain and acrylic varnish. Created by Rochelle Redgard with Lida Marx from The Worx Distribution.
Abraham Levy created these amazing TranspArt water pieces, inspired by designer Iris Van Herpen. Videos can be seen here, here, and here. The yellow dress was created for Shea Couleé and used in her Crème Brûlée video seen here (explicit), the pink dress was photographed by thedragphotographer and featured on Drag Race All Stars 4 seen here.
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.
Armor collar for this Lady Loki costume by Anachronism in Action. The base is Worbla, primed with gesso, and painted with metallic acrylic paint, rub’n’buff and clear satin finish spray paint. Collar is lined with moleskin for comfort, and laces closed in the back.
First, the pattern was drafted by covering the cosplayer in plastic wrap and then tape, drawing out where the armor would fall across the back, chest, and then arm. The tape and plastic pattern is then cut out, and transferred onto fun foam and Worbla.
The foam is then sandwiched between the Worbla sheets for stability. Each piece is layered together following the pattern. The spine is attached by strips of elastic that are glu