View Full Version : best way to make armor

04-04-2003, 06:56 AM
i always find armor the hardest part of costumes.......
does nayone have any advice for a good way to make non-crappy looking armor??

04-04-2003, 03:29 PM
Amethyst Angel created a tutorial that makes inexpensive armor-making easy:


04-15-2003, 07:48 PM
heres what you do...you go to a local craft store and buy some styrafoam! then get some poster paint and color it whatever color you need

Space Invader
04-15-2003, 08:56 PM
Go take a look at my tutorial...


I use vinyl and spandex... my method generally works with any stretchy, shiny fabric. I made some armor out of metallic gold stretch vinyl and people thought it really was metal... until they touched it :D.

04-16-2003, 02:42 PM
Question for you about the vinyl...where can you buy it? I'd LOVE to work with it, but don't know where to get it! Help!

04-16-2003, 02:45 PM
Oy yeah...and a suggestion for the armor...I've used upholstery foam for pauldrons and spalders, and that worked well for me. It was nice and light weight, and pretty cheap, which is a big plus for costumes that require HUGE pieces, such as just about -any- armor designed by CLAMP (I always think of RG Veda) Hope that helps someone out!

Space Invader
04-18-2003, 04:18 PM
>Question for you about the vinyl...where can you buy it? I'd LOVE to work with it, but don't know where to get it! Help!

Online places:

http://spandexhouse.com <-- Spandex House

http://www.theatrehouse.com <-- Theater House (THEY HAVE UV REACTIVE VINYL!!!!)

http://store.yahoo.com/velvet-fabric/index.html <-- Velvet Fabric

The stores around me I get it from is the Hancocks around the corner from my house (has metallic gold and lavender-colored stuff), and a great store in Houston called Southern Importers - they carry ALL KINDS of theatrical fabrics... I went in there and thought I had died and gone to heaven ^_^. I don't think they have a website, sadly. They should :P.

04-18-2003, 04:50 PM
Thank you thank you thank you! *Does a happy dance*

Space Invader
04-18-2003, 10:44 PM
>Thank you thank you thank you! *Does a happy dance*

I'm the vinyl princess. I have to live up to my name, y'know. ^_^

04-24-2003, 09:43 AM
Thanks for the links about, this will help out a lot ppl ^_^

blu within blu
04-25-2003, 01:44 PM
Pizza boxes and spray paint if you want it to be quick and easy... and crappy looking.... (;;-_-)

05-14-2003, 06:52 PM
football/hockey pads and an electric sander

Amethyst Angel
05-15-2003, 09:18 PM
Foam and plastic sheeting are the way to go for many types of armor. (Check out the pictures of my Borus Armor in my cosplay.com gallery. (http://images.cosplay.com/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=1255&thumb=1) )

The foam I use are "Foamies" - 1/4" craft foam which can be found at any Michael's or JoAnn's fabrics. The plastic sheeting is polystyrene, which can be bought online from US plastics. (http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fname=Styrene&product%5Fid=High+Impact+Styrene+Sheet) (The .04 thickness is the closest to what I use, I think--it's very thin.) I've written up more info on this method in this here article (http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking.html)

If my advice isn't of much help, then try www.bioweapons.com. They have great tutorials on molded and more "organic" looking types of armor.

Hope that helps!

05-16-2003, 05:11 PM
get some iron, and a strong hammer. put the iron in a fire till it turns red then hit it into shape. Repeat until desired shape ;)

05-17-2003, 01:21 AM
Originally posted by Arc_The_Lad
get some iron, and a strong hammer. put the iron in a fire till it turns red then hit it into shape. Repeat until desired shape ;)

O_o .......??....that will take a while.........*hit the wrong spot...ack...hit the wrong spot again....*

...*weeks later....hit the wrong spot again.....* ...i think ill stick with the foam^^;....

Amethyst Angel:
......you said 1/4" foam???.....nomatter what micheals i go to..*two so far*.....they dont have 1/4" ...they only have then in really small......good for nothing,......peices .. ;_; ....
..i really like how you did the armor though....its very nice

Amethyst Angel
05-17-2003, 11:05 AM
That's right. Michael's stopped selling the foam in the 1/4" size a whilw back. But JoAnn's Fabrics has them. (So does a place called Crafts Direct, if you have anything like that in your area. If all else fails, try looking for them on ebay.)

Sad to say, the 1/4" foam only comes in 8-1/2 x 11" sheets. You'll have to glue several pieces edge to edge with hot glue if you want to make a piece of armor bigger than that. (Save your scraps. They'll most likely come in handy later.)

Good luck!

05-18-2003, 11:56 AM
thanks....ill go check joAnn's out^^......

05-18-2003, 12:08 PM
yeah i have to make an elma costume *_* thanks for the advice Amethyst Angel and space invador ^_^.