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Unread 07-10-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Is worbla worth the hype?

So I've been looking at some beautiful cosplays done with Worbla (Kamui cosplay especially), and I'm considering ordering some to play with. I'd like to make some armor for a character of mine- bracers or the like. But I could also do them with tooled leather, which would also look good.

Is worbla worth the hype? Just how well would it hold up to an accidental whack from a LARP sword or light saber, if I wore it during a skit or fan film where combat was involved? (I've seen tutorials where it's suggested that the stuff be double layered or sandwiched with a thin sheet of craft foam in between.)
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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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Personally I would try Wonderflex to play with first unless there's a specific reason you need Worbla or if budget is just not an issue. I'm saying this because Wonderflex can be bought for srsly half the price of Worbla ($40 vs $80 for big sheet) which can make a big difference.

I'd just read about them and the advantages and disadvantages.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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Both are wonderful.
Worbla is better for round shapes (Chest plates!), Wonderflex does not curve as easily, but holds it's shape very well. Both are very sterdy!
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Unread 07-11-2013, 12:55 AM   #4
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I've worked with both and I prefer Wonderflex for big broad-surfaced armor pieces. (flat cuts of armor or a shield) and I use Worbla mainly for fine details and decorating, because it basically turns into sticky putty.
Overall, I'd rather use Wonderflex. It's way easier to work with.
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