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kingdomgrey
08-31-2011, 11:20 PM
I've been trying to figure out how to make his automail arm and leg but I can't figure out what kind of material to make it out of. Does anyone have any kind of tips or ideas on how to make it and out of what kind of material? Any kind of information would be extremely helpful! XD

astronological
09-01-2011, 12:12 AM
there's a huge tutorial list here on cosplay.com. 8D they're really helpful.
this is a tutorial on how to make it out of cardboard. (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=70438)
these are (http://www.amethyst-angel.com/armormaking.html) patterns and (http://www.amethyst-angel.com/automailpattern/) hand tutorials (http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_automail2.html) and tips.

if you don't like those, then there's more floating around on the internet.
hope i helped. o uo

i don't know about the leg, though.

Tifa ~
09-01-2011, 07:40 AM
A friend of mine made it out of wonderflex and turned out great, it's also much easier than fiberglass :)

kingdomgrey
09-01-2011, 09:58 AM
How expensive would it be to make it out of Wonderfelx, do you know?

Tifa ~
09-01-2011, 10:29 AM
Well, here in Italy we have the same material but with another name, I saw it from 15 to 30 euros per 100x100 cm (which means 30 to 60 dollars per 40"x40"). If you can, I'd suggest you to buy a large piece, beacuse here we use tons of it, almost always for armors and sometimes even for accessories. It would turn out very useful, even because it's sturdy and easy to work with.
If you use it, I recommend you to cleand it with alcool before painting it and leaving it resting for 24 hours, because instead if you touch it, you will leave fingerprints.

kingdomgrey
09-01-2011, 12:24 PM
Thank you!
Should I clean it with rubbing alcohol or any kind of alcohol.

Tifa ~
09-01-2011, 12:32 PM
I think there's no difference, alcohol cleans anyway. Oh, I forgot to specify, you have to leave it rest AFTER you painted it (because the first time I did it, I was waiting for painting it...).
You're welcome, hope it helps (:

harmonyisarine
09-01-2011, 08:16 PM
I actually used craft foam heat molded into shape (I love how easy it is to mold) with a single coat of fiberglass resin (but no fiberglass) brushed onto it and set to cure. It allowed each piece to be smooth and seamless, while also being tough and decently flexible with no crazing occuring (but the resin will crack or buckle when bent nearly in half). The flexibility really came in handy when we were trying to fit the coat/tank top over the shoulder piece. Also, any plastic-bonding paint will look fantastic on the glossy smooth surface of the resin.

This method is also quick and easy and took me three days start to finish (though if I do it again I'll make sure I start it earlier, so that I can touch up the paint/resin if I need to). Here's a close-up of how it turned out (I built it in three pieces so it was easier to put on): http://kitsunesqueak.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d488yr2