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Madcap
08-16-2009, 08:20 AM
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I figured it was here rather than in the video game forum that I should post it. :)

I am trying to create the armor and wings from a character called Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere:
http://mirr.byus.net/attach/1/1573903516.jpg

I have the plans and patterns pretty much figured out and am looking to start getting materials and have seen on various sites that using 3mm thick craft foam (Or funky foam as its called in the UK) is the best way to go for things like leg armor.
However, for some reason the UK seems to not sell 3mm thick craft foam. I've looked online for several hours in an attempt to find a site that will ship 3mm thick foam to the UK, but every site I've found will only ship to the US and I do not know anyone in the US that could send some on if I sent sufficient funds.

So my questions are will 2mm foam work instead of the 3mm? Or will it tear and not shape as well as the 3mm when making the leg pieces? Or does anyone know of a site that will ship 3mm foam to the UK at all?

The only site I've seen that may possibly ship to the UK is http://www.mcmaster.com/#eva-foam-sheets/=37nfew but I am unsure what thickness I would need out of 1/8 1/4 3/8 1/2 3/4 and 1. I was thinking 1/8 would work for raised detail and maybe 1/4 would be the equivalent of 3mm foam? (I am stupid, yus. And I can't work out simple problems like this. :P) Obviously buying from this site depends on if they ship outside the US.

Also, I was thinking of using styrene to give it a bit more strength but am unsure if it would work on the silver leg pieces on her calf as on amethyst-angel's tutorial site, she mentions that a cylindrical shape can make the styrene ripple when the foam cools, does anyone know how to get around that?
Thanks all. xx

A19Riku
08-16-2009, 12:35 PM
no 2mm should work just fine for you. I use it on all my armor including leg armor and it holds just fine. that and if you arereally worried about the strength of it you can papermache the inside or just do a fabric backing to add more strength.

Madcap
08-16-2009, 01:45 PM
Great stuff, thank you for replying A19Riku, I was whittling about the thickness, as so many people say 3mm should be used, and no one in the UK has found a store that sells 3mm in the UK. Your armor looks fab as well. :)