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.
Britt uses EVA foam to make robot legs! The Sweeper Bot, from the video game Destiny, is coming together as Britt shows how to template, cut, and glue foam into the shapes needed for leg attachments.
More of the robot arms are crafted during this live stream. Britt continues the progress on her Sweeper Bot costume, from Destiny, and makes the hand plate and bicep arm pieces out of EVA foam.
On this live stream, Britt shows how she made the template for these rectangular robot forearms. Then, cuts and shapes the bracer from 6mm craft foam and test fits the design.
Britt has started her costume build for DragonCon! The character is her favorite from the video game Destiny. This first video takes the EVA foam robot feet all the way from templates, to cutting and gluing, and even adding the shoe attachments.
While in Los Angeles for VidCon, Bill crashed Evil Ted’s shop to team up with internet superstar Ali Spagnola to build a Marvin the Martian Helmet!
Bill shows how to use neoprene rubber to seal an EVA foam Voltron paladin helmet. Creature Cast Neoprene Rubber Patterning Your Own Helmet Sealing Seams in EVA Foam...
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.