Originally Posted by EcstasyEcho
does anyone know what said lightweight material is?? i'm making the same cosplay and no one seems to know what materials are (heard of wonderflex. so out of my price range).
i've been experimenting with paperclay. it's seriously not bad. thoughts?
One big problem with using paperclay for this costume is that it won't flex (it will just crack if bent) and it is also heavier than foam.
Craft foam is a good substitute (it is sold in sheets, sometimes called Fun Foam, at craft stores) if you don't have access to Wonderflex, it can do almost all the exact same things but just isn't as sturdy or perhaps not as easy to mold (I haven't used Wonderflex before) and it is a lot cheaper.
Paperclay could be good for parts like the shoulder armor that you don't have to worry about moving or flexing. I really like Orangemoose's step-by-step styrofoam+paperclay shoulder making description, I think if I were to make shoulders I would try something similar:
I also second dbchan's comment about layering craft foam to create depth. If you want more detailed depth (like slanted edges on your protruding parts rather than just straight up protrusions, if that makes any sense) you could try heating and molding your foam to create that effect before putting it on instead of just attaching it as a flat surface like it comes. (Sorry, it is hard for me to describe
But craft foam is very versatile and with practice can make good shapes)
A lot of people also use hot glue or any sort of glue to draw in the protruding designs (for example, the little swirly designs on the tops of her boot linings could be done well this way).