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Vinyl and Craft Foam Armor Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Vinyl and Craft Foam Armor Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay
At last, the long awaited Vinyl & Craft Foam Armor Tutorial!

I've had a lot of practice with this method, and this is the formula that works best for me, so I hope it can help you build your armor with ease. I really enjoy working with my hands and making armor pieces using various methods, so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any - I'll be glad to answer them!

Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and FireLilyCosplay.com.
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Technical question, since I haven't done it yet: would it work for a fully functional glove? Or would it be too delicate?
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FireLilyCosplay Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not sure - I haven't tried it.
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rtj3000 Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
sooo cool i wanna see more
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TwistTieKlepto Jan 10, 2014   General Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!  This is a really great method for making armor.
I used it for my Sarutobi Sasuke cosplay: twisttieklepto.deviantart.com/…
Thanks again! ^_^
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KinGBaKeRo Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The cleaver, New occupation - Trainee Foamsmith xD <3 will try
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TalaRedWolf33 Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! I was wondering, how heavy is the final product? Im looking for a lightweight method of making a breast plate. Because f my size, heat gets to me lol So I need the least heaviest material to work with.
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FireLilyCosplay Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's very lightweight, but make sure to back it with fabric - vinyl tends to get sticky when you are hot.
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TalaRedWolf33 Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good to know! I'll make a note of it ^-^ Thank you!
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dragonbandana Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you were making a female breast plate, how would you form the 'cup' shape?
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FireLilyCosplay Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You need to heat form the craft foam over a rounded surface, but it will require darts to get a perfectly rounded shape. I would not recommend craft foam for breast cups - the material isn't suited for complex curves without seams.
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