Originally Posted by sukimba
@Serenith- yes that thought crossed my mind.. unfortunately the only foam I can get easily is styrofoam, and I have no idea how I would make that look even remotely smooth and finished like the pokegear is supposed to be. :/
@Apocali- LOL yes. I technically wont be starting this costume for a few months, but I'm trying to get ahead of the game. xD
If you're trying to get proportionality correct, it's going to be big, huh?
Use styrofoam as a base, and cover it with a layer of paperclay. It's the best stuff there is if you don't have actual plastic. Paperclay from Michael's usually runs about $5-6 per pack. But it's great lightweight stuff. Paint with whatever craft paint for $.50 and coat it several times with glossy varnish for acrylic paint either in spray can form for even coats or just a cheap $1.00 bottle since you know you can do it right. If you use the matte finish, it might not be as plastic looking as you want it to be, but buy both finishes and try them out to see which one you like more.
You'll have leftover paperclay, so just seal it in a plastic sandwich bag and suck out as much air as you can from it. Also, paperclay is light when it dries.