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:
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.