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Unread 11-27-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Need help for a cosplaying secret santa

Hi cosplayers!

I myself am not a cosplayer, but I got a guy who enjoys building cosplay stuff with foam and resin for a secret santa. So I want to make him a big box full of materials to build stuff with. Could you guys give me some ideas on brands and things you like to use to create pieces? Like materials, little tools, paints, etc.

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Unread 11-27-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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I would personally suggest a giftcard to a shop where he can get alot of his materials from. Allows him to pick out his own things he needs and won't be so expensive for you.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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Maybe an art store card or one for a home store like Lowes or Home Depot.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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I think this is a great idea. Nothing says "I put zero effort into your gift, but didn't want you to have the convenience of cash" like throwing a gift card at someone.

Knowing a bit about what types of tools your friend has would help with making the list, as would knowing how much you're looking to spend.

A few very general things I can think of...
-Dremel or router bits are always handy.
-Various grits of sandpaper can get used up quickly.
-Bondo and wood filler are used in almost everything I make.
-Filler primer is also something that gets used a lot in search of that perfectly smooth surface.
-Fiberglass mat/chopped cloth and polyester resin are great if your friend has facilities to do use them.
-Sculpture tools are handy in tons of situations and often come in cool sets.
-A hot knife/hot wire cutter is very useful for those working with foam on a regular basis.
-Presenting the items in a tool box would be an interesting way to give the gift.

Another way to tackle the task would be to do some digging and find out what your friend's next project will be and gear the purchases towards that specifically.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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Another way to tackle the task would be to do some digging and find out what your friend's next project will be and gear the purchases towards that specifically.
Yes, this. That's always excellent! Tailoring a present specifically to what the person is working on would be really awesome.

I'm always a big fan of craft foam, and you can get a 12 in x 8 in (estimated) sheet for maybe a dollar at Walmart. (Granted, you'll probably need $20 worth of foam to construct anything sizeable). This can be used for all sorts of accessories, details, or even be used as a base for armor itself. I'd love that, personally!

Clay or paint are also good options. Model Magic tends to be a hit with my friends, because it can be used for pieces that need to be light weight. Sealants are wonderful too-- for example, clear spray varnish or modge podge.

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