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04-30-2003, 07:30 PM
Hi....i'm making a costume for otakon and someone recommended using thermoplastic to make the slats of the samurai armor. I can do it, i just don't know which thickness to use.

If anyone's used Thermoplastic before do you think you could give me a couple pointers?

Amethyst Angel
04-30-2003, 10:47 PM
For my armormaking, I use a thin (about a mm or two) layer of polystyrene plastic which I hotglue over "Foamies" craft foams sheets. (They sell them at most craft stores at 1/4" and 1/8" thicknesses.) If I want a curved surface to my armor, I curl the armor in my hands slightly while the glue cools. The beauty about this method is that the resulting armor is extremely lightweight. (You can also sew through it which is more than you can say for a 1/4" layer of thermoplastic.) You can read more info about my method here:


Also, if you're interested, you can find styrene sheeting for sale here: http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fname=Styrene&product%5Fid=High+Impact+Styrene+Sheet

Good luck.

05-01-2003, 04:27 PM
Oooo...thanks...this could really come in handy for any plans i had for *ahem* future costumes. I'm gonna need to re-read it a couple times tho, still not clear on all the steps. But thanks a lot!

05-02-2003, 11:07 AM
Thermoplastic can be sewn to things; you just need to drill little holes first. I tend to use fairly thin thermoplastic; you don't need 1/4 inch, just 2-3 mm thick is fine.

05-04-2003, 04:18 PM
does anyone know where you can buy thermoplastic....ive been looking for that for a while now.....and cant find it anywhere...

05-05-2003, 01:41 AM
Dunno where you are, PikminLink, but TAP plastics carries it, up to size 4x8, several colors. It's fun to play with, but will take time.

05-05-2003, 02:00 AM
Karisu-sama:....i live in the San Francisco Bay area.....um..where is Tap plastics at anyway?

05-05-2003, 02:35 AM
San Francisco Bay Area is where TAP plastics is at! ^___^

http://www.tapplastics.com/ is their website, but they don't have store info there; look in your phone book. I know of at least 2 cities that have a TAP plastics store: San Jose and Mountain View.

05-05-2003, 03:02 AM
There's also a TAP Plastics in San Francisco... I believe it's on South Van Ness, but I'm not entirely sure.

05-05-2003, 10:14 AM
PikminLink, you live in the bay area?

Then you might want to swing on by to Douglas and Sturgess in San Fran. It's the best molding/ casting/ plastics place because it's cheap (relatively) and it's got some way cool stuff.

05-05-2003, 11:22 AM
Karisu-sama, positivespace: Thanks, ill see if i can look it up in the phonebook^^

cube:...that sounds interesting....do you know where its at?...if not ...ill check the phone book ^_~