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Hello there foamsmiths! Have you made something super rad using the techniques you learned in the Foamsmith Trilogy? How would you like the chance to show off your amazing prop and armor creations right here in our Foamsmith Gallery?

More prop and costume making goodness.

How to Become a Professional Prop & Costume Maker

You want to make props and costumes for a living, do ya? Every single day I get a message from one of you wonderful fans, asking how to turn your prop or costume making hobby into a career. Enough of you desire to know the secret to turning your crafting hobby into a job, so I’ve decided to put it all down on paper. Er… on the internet. Here is the roadmap to turning your creative passion into a full time career. Step 1: Get really good at prop or costume making You really can’t skip this step. No matter what, if you want to turn your hobby into a career, you’re going to have to convince people that you’re technically proficient at creating things. This means being among 99th percentile of other hobbyists. It also means it might take you years to develop the maker skills necessary to climb to the top of the pile. I started making props and costumes in 2009 and I didn’t quit my day job until 2012. That was even with years of formal art training and lots of practice doing other creative things (I was a 3D modeler for about 7 years). Also, when I quit my day job I was 30, so I had more than a decade of other job experience under my belt. I also get a lot of messages from you guys who are still in school and want to know what classes you should take. Traditional crafting and art skills are necessary, but you don’t really need college to learn those skills. You’d be better off apprenticing or interning...

8 Past Costumes

Recently a bunch of cosplayers were posting these neat spreads of their old costumes. I figured I could do one better and post the tutorial content for each costume along with the images! Check the list below for how-to content on each of these costumes! She-Ra Mass Effect Armor & Phantom Destiny Titan: Helmet | Chest | Legs | References Skyrim Draugr Deathlords Arkham City Robin Dragon Age II Mage Hawke X-Men Wolverine Plainswalker...

Pepakura for Cosplay

Pepakura Designer is a computer program that takes a 3D model and “unwraps” the surface onto a flat sheet. The 2D sheet creates little tabs, or flaps, and adds numbers to the flaps. You print out the sheet on paper, cut out the pieces, then match the numbers together and glue the tabs in place. Your flat paper transforms into a 3D object! Check out the videos at the bottom of this article for some basics on Pepakura. Pepakura is a handy tool to add to your cosplay arsenal. I’ve used Pepakura in quite a few builds, like my Kaijudo Gauntlet Trophies, DotA 2 Juggernaut Mask, Constant C Helmet, and Skyrim Draugr Deathlords cosplays. Here are some reasons why Pepakura is so helpful for cosplay: It’s free to view and print files in Pepakura Designer. You don’t need many tools. Just a printer, paper or cardstock, scissors, and glue. For more precise cuts, pick up an X-Acto knife and a metal ruler. You can quickly make a basic frame for a prop. Then, fiberglass and coat the piece in Bondo to smooth out the rough edges. Have to make a helmet with ear pucks? You can make your cosplay piece symmetrical with a Pepakura template. 3D Printing can be expensive, especially if you size the 3D print incorrectly and your mask ends up being too small! Test the size of a 3D print by printing out a Pepakura file and roughly piecing it together for scale reference. Common movie and video game characters probably have a Pepakura file already available to print. Search online for terms like “Iron Man Helmet Pepakura”. You can transfer your template to thick materials, like 6mm Craft Foam! Give it a try and have fun! Pepakura...