So this is a basic cosplay armor tutorial. I’d say its about beginners level.
Things you’ll need:
- Ruler/measuring tape(3$)
- Craft Foam (10$ for 15 pages)
- Spray Paint 9 (4$ per can)
- Elastic (2$)
- Hot Glue gun (15$)
- Glue sticks (5$)
- Painters Tape (3$)
So first off you need your reference picture(s). Usually like 3-4 is a safe bet.
Pick your armor piece. I started with the arm.
Use your reference picture to determine where approximately where it should start. I assumed it started about 2-3 inches on the hand and extended about 3-4 inches past the elbow. From there I measured that distance out.
After I measured it, lets say it was 15 inches(I have no idea how big it was). I drew a 15 in straight line on the foam. Some people like to use paper first to test out how the design will go. I say fuck that and just go for it. But if you want to be safe use news paper or some other type of paper first.
After I drew the straight line, I determined the 3 spots I wanted to use to help me draw out the shape: Wrist, elbow, and tip of the armor. I measured out how far they were apart, then drew that distance on the 15 inch line by marking a dash where each one was.
After that I measured what I assumed to be the distance on my body, by using guess and check methods. After measuring it out, I drew the general shape of the armor.
My arm had 3 layers. the large lower golden layer. The inner lager layer, which is about half an inch in. Then the final Top decorative layer.
I cut out what I made to be the inner layer then used it as a stencil. I made a second middle layer(because I have two arms). Then I used the stencil part to make the bottom layer which is an half an inch bigger. And I used it to sketch how big the top layer should be.
After cutting out all of the pieces. I hot glued them together.
Step 4: I DO NOT SUGGEST DOING THIS!
Now I do not suggest doing this. With my Athena armor I wanted it to be hard and resistant to breaking. So I thought I should add a layer of resin to both sides. It did harden it. But it caused the armor to crack and have a weird texture. So I’m trying different hardening methods for future armor pieces. I’ll let you know them when I find out. I’d love to hear other suggestions.
After you have it all glued together do your base level of spray paint. I chose to do gold first because I figured it would be easier to cover it with the tape. So I focused on the areas that were supposed to be gold and just sprayed away. Not caring if I got the places that were supposed to be white. (I also deiced to spray the back sides golden because I thought they might be seen and I wanted them to match)
After the gold dried, which took about 20 min. I used my painters tape to tape away all the places I wanted to stay golden. You can see the pictures up there with the blue tape. After they were all taped up I went wild with the white paint. When the white paint dried you just rip off the blue tape and walla.
Now its time to attach these to your body. What I did is I used the elastic and made it stretch as far as it could before I cut them. That way when they would hug against me and hold on tight.
To attach it to the armor, I did one little line of hot glue, pressed one end to it, then when the hot glue line dried I covered the end in hot glue. Then copy paste the directions to the other side. One line, then drench it.
Hopefully someone got something from this tutorial. I still think I need to get better at making these. Any questions ask.