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Ayaka
08-08-2002, 12:19 AM
Well . . . I'm one of those people where if no one else is doing it, I decide I ought to. Uh . . . okay that sounds bad. oO;;; I'm not calling myself experience, but I'm doing all this research for stuff I'm doing anyway. And I haven't found any survey sites on the web to give people a place to start that's more insightful than google. I just want to compile ideas and links to techniques. Once I get it going, I'm gonna go ask on COSP and such. I'm hoping I can expand it to ideas about accessory-making, because I really haven't found much online, with extensive research. Well, anyway, can you guys look this over? Add any other techniques, comments on what I have, anything. ^^ I also have a materials, a molding and casting, and a misc links section but I'm not going to post that right now unless someone wants it.

STUFF THAT REQUIRES SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

METAL METHOD

I don't know a thing about metalsmithing or working with sheet metal so I gotta track down links yet.

FIBERGLASS METHOD

I'm gonna put it on my site, with Philia and Rosiel's permission?

VACUUMFORMING METHOD

http://studiocreations.com/stormtrooper/main.shtml - step-by-step Stormtrooper armor

http://www.bioweapons.com/ - Fairly detailed account of Guyver armor

BOILED LEATHER

http://www.enteract.com/~kohler/mbc/armor.html - Also has stuff about metal armor but not in much detail

MISC. THERMOPLASTICS

I have to get the book back out of the library . . . ^^

[b]EASY METHODS[b]

FABRIC / RESIN METHOD
Fabric over a mesh frame (plastic, metal), or something else; coat with fiberglass resin or epoxy

THE NOT-ESPECIALLY-GHETTO PLASTIC BUCKETS METHOD

http://www.duke.edu/~ricks/wisbylb.htm - Instructions for recreation of historal plate armor (includes leg pieces)

http://www.geocities.com/Area51/3627/diy.html - Patterns for armor pieces and links to other sites

FABRIC OVER FOAM METHOD

Upholstery foam of varying thicknesses, covered with spandex or other fabrics, has been used to do mecha costumes, etc. Advantage that it is super-lightweight, can't easily be damaged or damage other con-goers. oO For large costumes you may have to special order the foam from a supplier.

POLYFOAM METHOD

Best for accessories but pink insulation foam sheeting can be readily cut, carved, and sanded. Must be sealed before spraypainting or the foam disintegrates. Light but not extremely durable.

HARDENED FABRIC METHOD

Cotton interlock + elmer's glue stretched over fabric and left to dry for several days, then painted/glossed, found this on COSP. I believe you can also use felt, didn't someone here mention that?

PLEATHER METHOD

Simple as it sounds. Easily painted metallic, easy to work with.

PAPIER-MACHE METHOD

Ordinary papier-mache or plaster strip over a frame of wire, cardboard, posterboard (probably would have to be more than one layer), foamcore, etc can be sanded, painted and glossed to great effect and is easy. Should be padded with foam where it meets the body to reduce strain as it is heavy.

CARDBOARD

http://www.talisweb.com/halloween/main.shtml - Instructions with lots of images for making *good* cardboard armor

Lil QoH's carboard, plastic mesh, and fabric technique, on my site with her permission


. . . okay that's what I got so far . . .