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Unread 04-16-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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Lightbulb How To Make Very Strong And Detailed Armor Using Paper Mache (recipe Included):

hey guys, ive been doing alot of research with making really strong paper mache for armor or things u need and this is what i came up with:

1.RECIPE:

Measure out 1 cup cornstarch and dump in lidded container.
Add 1/2 cup water and mix in as best you can. ( will be powdery after completely mixed )
Add 1/2 cup Elmer’s wood Glue and mix till all the lumps are gone.

Use brown paper bags or painting paper (both are the same material) and tear into strips. Criss cross every layer to make stronger. make sure u wipe off excess
paper mache glue with ur fingers.use a sealant after ur done and when it's all dry before priming, painting, and finally sealing again.use white copy paper as ur last
layer to make it easier to sand and prime and paint.use the back of a spoon to smootht the paper mache to make it super smooth.

2.use cardboard, paperboard, pvc pipe (which u can bend with a heat gun/make it easier by putting sand in it and closing it up), wire (any kind u like), balloons,
and random stuff u might want to use and keep them together using either tape or hot glue. for very very very deatil stuff u can use google sketchup (which is free)
and pepakura designer and paper mache the card stock u used to print the papercraft on.

3.if ur using a mold of let's say ur leg as ur first layer use just wet copy paper so u can get it out of ur mold

4.im using about 8 layers for my armor, but u can use as many as u need

5.u can make a form fitting helmet by using this tutorial: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97106

6.u can make a sword by using this tutorial: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=76828. guns are pretty easy to make in my opinion

7. u can make a mold of urself using both plaster bandages and plaster of paris and u can us clay or the stuff (like cardboard) above to make the shapes u need and
mike a final mold again out of plaster of paris.

i hope this helps. if u have any suggestions to make this better just drop a line in this thread thanx.
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Unread 04-16-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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isn't it better to use thin fabric/gauze/wax strips instead of paper?
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Unread 04-17-2009, 11:45 AM   #3
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How well does this recipe age? The standard problem with incorporating a starch or flour into papier-mache is that it will grow mold.
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Unread 04-17-2009, 11:55 AM   #4
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Where does the highly detailed part come in? Have you any pictures?
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I haven't used this particular recipe, however I've heard that adding salt helps avoid the molding issue. Then there's the keeping it away from dark, cool, damp, etc. places.
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How well does this recipe age? The standard problem with incorporating a starch or flour into papier-mache is that it will grow mold.
Just put a few tablespoons of salt in the mixture to prevent mold in flour based mache I don't know about starch based mache

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Unread 06-20-2011, 08:00 AM   #7
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Why not just do grown up paper mache--fiberglass.

Seriously, a lot less steps, and it works.
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Why not just do grown up paper mache--fiberglass.

Seriously, a lot less steps, and it works.
because it's not healthy,requires a mask and gloves for protection,requires precise measurements when mixing resin,and some people are just teenagers who's parents would not allow them to use fiberglass.
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Unread 06-21-2011, 02:53 AM   #9
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not to mention a whole lot cheaper, haha. just needs a little more elbow grease, is all.
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Unread 06-21-2011, 06:29 AM   #10
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because it's not healthy,requires a mask and gloves for protection,requires precise measurements when mixing resin,and some people are just teenagers who's parents would not allow them to use fiberglass.
Why are you guys so scared of fiberglass?
people fear what they do not understand


Fiberglass is only unhealthy to those who do not understand it. I've been fiberglassing for years and not once have I ever made a measurement, just make sure you don't use "not enough" hardener.

What you need:
1. Resin
2. Fiberglass
3. Latex Gloves
4. Respiratory Mask
5. Cheap Paint Brush

That's a total of $18 at Wal-Mart.

1. Put resin into non-waxed cup
2. Squirt a bit of hardener in there, you really can't mess this up.
3. Dunk a square of fiberglass cloth in it.
4. Lay it on.



I guarantee you that fiberglass will be healthier than if paper maché develops mold.
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Unread 06-21-2011, 07:06 AM   #11
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Yeah I concur, fibreglassing isn't scary at all, and probably stronger(and lighter) than any paper mache. Fiberglass is only unhealthy if you use it in an area without ventilation.
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