Become a Foamsmith
Foam is an amazing material to craft props and costume armor. We mostly use EVA foam floor mats, which you can find locally in hardware stores! Foam can be easily cut, heated and formed, glued, beveled, and painted. Learn everything you need to fabricate, paint, and wear your stunning foam armor creations in our Foamsmith Books. Also, check out the amazing creations submitted to our Foamsmith Photo Gallery.
We have several builds for our foam props, costumes, and techniques listed below. Also, our collection of foam crafting tools and materials are gathered here.
While at South Texas Comic Con, Bill interviewed Boba Joe to get some insight into how he adds battle damage to his Dragon Ball Saiyan armor.
One of the most frequent questions we get is how to fix and fill in seams when making props and costumes out of EVA foam. In this video, Bill shows you how to tidy up your work using Kwik Seal!
Now that Bill has a basic helmet form created, he shows off how to add layers of detail, hiding the seams and creating a finished piece.
Bill shows a couple of simple techniques for creating a basic helmet template that can be adapted for nearly any costume headwear.
The EVA foam Star Wars bracer is crafted and it’s time for paint! Britt uses Acrylic Paints to add metallic and paint-chipped layers to the gauntlet. Plus, she prints some Aurebesh text for the plastic screen display.
Britt is designing her own Smuggler-type Star Wars universe character. One of the arms will have a bracer with fun button-type attachments and a guide light. Using only a scrap of EVA foam floor mat, Britt cuts out all the pieces for the gauntlet design, then adds a flashlight and straps.
Bill shows how he made a Destiny Hand Cannon prop using EVA foam. This part 1 video goes over the fabrication of the newer Rise of Iron hand cannon prop.
We got our silver play button in the mail and it only made sense to transform it into an EVA foam play button!
How to make a helmet template from a head form. The template is constructed of packing supplies, plastic wrap, and tape. Build up the form you want and…
Bill never got the Hand of Rag when he played WoW back in the day, so instead he built it for himself! Follow along in this tutorial as he makes this legendary mace from World of Warcraft.
In this first of three videos, Bill talks you through the process of making your very own Steel Armor costume from Skyrim.