Check out this amazing & massive #Warmachine-inspired #HulkBuster #cosplay by Veni Testa! He used #3DPrinting for making small, detailed #costume parts.
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:
- Artyfakes http://www.artyfakes.co.uk
- Kamui Cosplay https://www.kamuicosplay.com
- Yaya Han http://yayahan.com
- Tools & Materials Harbor Freight Floor Mats https://www.harborfreight.com/anti-fa…
- We Sell Mats Floor Mats – Amazon http://amzn.to/2yj81Fk
- 2mm Fun/Craft Foam Roll – Amazon http://amzn.to/2yjpxJT
- 6mm Fun/Craft Foam Sheet – Amazon http://amzn.to/2BZLpvT
- L200/300/400 https://foammart.com
- TNT Cosplay Supply http://tntcosplaysupply.com/our-eva-f…
- Plastazote http://www.zotefoams.com
- Kamui’s Favorite EVA Foam (Europe) https://cosplayshop.be/en/product/eva…
- Microlen Foam http://www.ultralonfoam.com/microlen/
How to make #Deathstroke #costume armor from EVA Foam. A video tutorial by “Let’s Make Stuff” on YouTube:
- Box cutter (or other cutting tool for EVA Foam)
- Black marker.
- Contact adhesive.
- EVA Foam.
- Black & orange paint.
- Craft foam.
- Wood glue / Plastidip / PVA / Modge Podge
- Heat gun.
- Hot glue gun.
- Velcro straps.
- Template: https://www.facebook.com/LetsMakeCoolStuff/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1185561438182840
Wonder what goes into making an advanced, armored gauntlet for a #costume or #cosplay? Cosplay Prop Shop created this set of 3 videos showing the process of creating a highly detailed gauntlet using the following materials:
- Different thicknesses of EVA Foam.
- LED lighting.
- Translucent plastic cut from a Coca-Cola bottle.
- Cardboard. (Please note that this could also be done with EVA Foam.)
- Wood-working glue.
- Nylon webbing.
- Elmer’s glue.
- Faux fur.
Please note the following tools that are used to construct the gauntlet:
- Heavy-duty scissors (instead of blades) for cutting the EVA Foam.
- Hot glue & hot glue gun.
- Dremel with various attachments.
- Small paint brushes.
- Sewing machine.
Video #1 (Constructing the Basic Gauntlet & Details)
Video #2 (LED Lighting, Finger Armor, Sealing)
Video #3 (Detailed Painting, Adding Faux Fur)
Before working with EVA Foam on a #costume or #cosplay project, it’s important to understand how to cut, shape & glue the pieces. EVA Foam is great for armor and props as it’s lightweight and is easy to work with once you understand how to use it. This video, made by Adonis Cosplay, is a fantastic tutorial on the basics of working with EVA Foam.
An excellent video tutorial on working with EVA foam for #costumes by “The Definitive Prop Shop”. The video includes how to do the following with EVA Foam while constructing a helmet:
- Shaping (when the EVA Foam is warm)