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Unread 11-15-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Foam?

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Now since a couple of days ago i discoverd i could make armor with foam (thought paper was the way to go at first) anyways ive looked night after night and couldnt find any supplier in the UK or the netherlands (atleast a company that ships to the netherlands)

The foam im looking for is up till 6 mm and in the US its called ''Best Step antifatigue foam mat''
or ''EVA Foam''

now im kinda hoping somebody on this forum is able to help me with that so i can start making my cosplay costumes
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Unread 11-15-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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You can also look at "L200" it is what Hollywood professionals use in some of their prop and armor stuff. It was actually recommended by Steve Wang & co through our friend.

But fyi L200 is essentially the same thing as EVA foam & craft foam, from what I can tell they're all polyurethane foams, and more importantly, they all behave about the same relative to each other.

Here is where I get mine, but I'm sure you can find it in the UK easily under the names craft foam, Eva foam, or L200.

http://foammart.com/index.php?pg=hom...ll#closed-cell

And if you don't believe me that pros use it here is an armor that is partially made of it, and Steve Wang of Predator series fame made it.

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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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oh i totally believe pros use foam dont get me wrong on that

i was just looking for a ''shop'' that delivers to the netherlands (store must be in europe or else allot of taxes are gonna be with it xD)

But ill check the link out thanks =)
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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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Forgot to add that ive indeed searched ebay/amazon/ google for craft foam or eva foam..but couldnt really find anything good...ill try looking for that l200 and hopefully something comes up
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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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like this?

Edit: have a look around, armor can be made of lots of fun stuff
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Unread 11-15-2012, 10:05 AM   #6
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Sort of like that yes

But with a wuick search trough ebay once again i found a couple of yoga mats (wich are eva foam and 6mm so that would be ok) and ill see how it goes =P
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Unread 11-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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ya yoga mats are the way to go unless you want to talk to alibaba.com for 6mm.
you can get roles of 3mm. if ya want to double up :/
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Unread 11-15-2012, 10:30 AM   #8
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well maybe with the yoga mat coming in i can see what kinda of foam it is so maybe its easier to find out where to get roles from it if i indeed continue in making foam armors

And ye...alibaba.com for now is abit to much, i do know that sears.com ships international (and since the roll is 19 euro's it will ''dodge'' the taxes) but for some reason the site is bugged so for now ill just have to wait for a fix to come up
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Unread 11-15-2012, 11:25 PM   #9
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You might also want to check your local craft store for things called Foamies. You can usually get the thinner pieces from any place that has papercrafting supplies.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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Right, it probably isn't called "foamies" in the Netherlands, but large craft stores usually have an entire aisle devoted to EVA foam. Though sometimes they don't stock either the really big or the really thick sheets. I suspect that once you receive your yoga mat, you'll recognize the stuff.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 03:03 PM   #11
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what your going to want to do is look for fitness mats or "anit-fatigue floor mats" in a local hardware store and in most sporting good stores, just have to look in some unusual places, I've found it at, a Harbor Freight Hardware, Sears in the fitness department, and Walmart in the automotive isle.
These will be anywhere between 6mm to 8mm thick or you can find it in the 1/4 to 1/2 thickness. use the standard fun foam 2mm to 4mm thick for small details.
If you would like ideas on where to find the stuff hit up some of the guys on therpf.com, they will point you to some international dealers since most of these guys either live or work internationally, many of which are also professionals or pioneers in EVA foam building props.
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Well i finally got the ''yoga mat'' but (this might just be me) it isnt cutting very well so im guessing it isnt the right typ...

Now ive tried sears to get a anti-fatigue mat, and it was around 20 euro's so i thought ''well this aint bad'',but then i saw the shipping and ye..... all of the sudden it was 155 euros.

Im still looking for it on amazon or ebay and even there they only offer small sheets ( A4 paper sized ones) and i kinda need a roll or a mat.

and once again thanks for all the help =)
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Unread 12-06-2012, 10:21 AM   #13
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can we have some pics of it?
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Unread 12-06-2012, 10:48 AM   #14
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Pic 1
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This the clearest pics i could make. I could give the link from the ebay page i bought it from.. (just not sure if its allowed :P)
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Unread 12-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #15
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Tried uploading them but it seems a mod needs to clear them for posting =P

So ye pics are on the way.

the main issue with the mat is bascily when i try to cut it im getting these holes at the point were i was starting, so my guess is it isnt the right foam
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