Foamsmith Creator Gallery

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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.

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...

She-Ra Costume Build

Build and write-up by Brittany Doran. Hey guys, its Britt! Here’s how I made my EVA foam armor She-Ra cosplay! I grew up watching She-Ra cartoons and I always loved the character. Lately, I’ve seen some amazing Wonder Woman costumes where the cosplayers add awesome armor pieces. I was inspired by this to make a battle armor version of She-Ra. After gathering reference images, I sketched out some ideas. Bill helped me make a bracer template from my forearm. We wrapped my arm in plastic wrap, then added duct tape. After marking where the seam lines should go, Bill cut the template off my arm. I then laid the template on a cutting mat and took a picture to use in Inkscape. I created a vector file and printed it out on normal paper to check the scale on my arm. My original plan was to hand cut some detail into the forearm pieces. You can get detail lines in foam by lightly cutting the surface with an X-ACTO knife and then heating it with a heat gun. However… Around this time, Bill finally got a laser cutter!!! There are many materials that can’t, or shouldn’t, be laser cut, but EVA foam can! (As long as you have the proper ventilation.) We did some small tests and discovered the right speed and only used 1% power to engrave 3mm craft foam. Inspired by this useful tool, I drew a vector of Swift Wind for the bracers. Even at 1% power, the engraving almost went all the way through the 3mm craft foam. I brushed Barge onto thin, non-stretchy cloth and the backs of...