View Full Version : Wonderflex: would this work?

08-16-2009, 12:15 PM
So this is the costume:

I'm working on that circular armor.

I have it all sized and the circle cut out, but it needs more curve. I'm trying to figure out what I can shape it to.
Originally, it was a bowling ball, but I think it needs more.

Would styrofoam work? Would the wonderflex just stick? Because I'm thinking maybe part of my wigs foam head, or something. I've heard about wonderflex sticking to different things, or some things shouldn't be heated up, so I wanted to check.

Otherwise: have a better idea?

08-17-2009, 06:35 PM
Wonderflex would for SURE work to get the shape you want. I don't believe it sticks to fabric too well, but it would give you the curve that you want!

08-20-2009, 02:39 AM
You can try using model magic. It's a lot cheaper if price is an issue. However, if it isn't, wonderflex most certainly will work for armour.

08-20-2009, 12:40 PM
Wonderflex would certainly work, but as someone said above, it doesn't stick to fabric. You'll need to use a strong glue in order to get it to stay, and some really stiff interfacing on the bodice to hold it up (Wonderflex is rather heavy when you're layering it like that).

You might want to try Fosshape
It's felt-like, fabric-based material that also reacts to heat much like Wonderflex. It bends fantastically and can be cut and shaped just like Wonderflex, but it can also be sewn. When heated just a bit, it bends but retains a felt-like surface. When heated a lot, the surface becomes hard and shiny much like Wonderflex. There's a bit of a texture, but what I usually do is just coat it with a couple of layers or gesso or acrylic to get it smooth.

Heating Fosshape is best done with a steam iron over a mold, like a small ball - I'd say a bowling ball is too big for this. You might want to go with a softball.

I used Fosshape for Cloud's shoulder armor piece in this picture:

Good luck with your project!