#Leather isn’t an uncommon element for #costumes & #cosplays, but it doesn’t have to be the real thing. Real leather can be cost prohibitive (not just the leather, but the tooling also can be pricey), becomes hot to wear or there may be objections to using and/or wearing animal products.
To solve these dilemmas, there’s an easy solution: make your own faux or fake leather. The question is how? The most obvious solution is to use faux leather fabric (or pleather); but if you need something that’s thicker than pleather you can use some foam underneath it, or you could just transform foam into your own homemade fake leather. You could even paint fabric to make it look leathery.
The first video tutorial below by Ginny Di talks about combining pleather with foam to create realistic looking fake leather. To do this you’ll need pleather, paints & foam.
If you want to make your own fake leather from foam only, you can try a technique presented by Buddy Cosplay. To do this, you’d need several tools, including an iron, heat gun, paints, foam, aluminum foil.
The next video is similar to the first, but isn’t as detailed. It’s by ButtercupBrix.
There are other similar tutorial videos online. The key to remember here is that you don’t have to use actual leather and you can let your creativity take you where you want. You could even make a gas mask that looks like leather by combining these techniques with the gas mask tutorial that we just posted.
While we have previously shared David Guyton’s video tutorial on how to make a bionic arm from metal, he has just released a brand new tutorial on making one out of EVA foam!
While EVA foam is far less durable a material than metal, it has several distinct advantages over metal:
- Some conventions have banned the wearing of metal armor. If you’re planning to attend such a convention in an armored costume, it will have to be made out of some other material, such as plastic or EVA foam.
- EVA foam is much lighter than metal making it easier to wear.
- While metal is a rather rigid material, EVA foam is far more flexible, which also makes EVA foam easier to wear.
- Since EVA foam is a soft material as compared with metal, it’s much easier to work with than metal.
- The tools & materials are less costly & easier to obtain for working with EVA foam as opposed to metal.
- The skills required to work with EVA foam are easier to learn than the skills needed for working with metal.
- Unlike metal edges that need to be sanded so that they won’t accidentally cut into skin, you needn’t worry about EVA foam edges being a potential safety hazard.
- Unlike metal that can rust, EVA foam can’t rust.
- You’re far less likely to disturb neighbors working with EVA foam because you don’t have to hammer it as you would need to do with metal.
The biggest disadvantages with EVA foam as compared with metal are as follows:
- EVA foam is not as durable as metal (as previously mentioned), meaning it has a much higher chance of being damaged while being worn or stored.
- Greater care must be used for storing EVA foam armor than with metal to ensure that it keeps its intended shape.
- EVA foam armor is going to be much thicker than a metal equivalent, so additional allowances have to be made.
- Replicating a metallic shine with painted EVA foam will probably never be as shiny as actual metal.
If you haven’t worked with EVA foam before, we recommend reading Working with EVA Foam for Beginners.
Bill Doran of #PunishedProps has posted a fantastic video on #YouTube explaining lots of different kinds of #EVAFoam used by #cosplayers. If you make #costumes with EVA foam or are thinking about it, you should watch this video.
He focuses primarily on types of EVA foam available in the United States, but does touch one some types in Europe and a few other places.
We’ve also shared the links to various sources of EVA foam below the video.
EVA Foam Sources:
#Costuming & #cosplay doesn’t have to cost a lot. Example: you can make a #Transformers #OptimusPrime #costume for under $25 using cardboard as the base. #Costumers Benjamin Martin & Dustin McLean show how to make the costume in the following video that they posted on YouTube:
If you want to build a bionic arm for your next #cosplay, David Guyton has created the templates on how to create one using metal and leather. This is another more advanced method of #costume making as it requires working with metal and leather. Thus, safety is a very important consideration to avoid injury while working with metal.
The resulting prop as demonstrated by David Guyton is very impressive.
Here’s a video tutorial made by David Guyton on how to make a #Marvel #Infinity gauntlet. This is a more advanced type of #costume making as it involves working with metal and electronics. Please be sure you wear the proper protective gear before working with metal (which can have very sharp edges) and hammers.
This particular gauntlet design also includes use of a leather glove, upon which metal is riveted. There are also a lot of small articulated parts that go onto the glove fingers. Thus, patience is a must with this particular project.
How to make #Deathstroke #costume armor from EVA Foam. A video tutorial by “Let’s Make Stuff” on YouTube: