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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?

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Beat Down Boogie at ECCC!

Thanks to your support, Beat Down Boogie is coming to Emerald City Comicon! If you’re going to ECCC, keep an eye out for Micah, Brian, and Matt to be a part of the magic these guys are going to be creating! We had a bunch of generous folks chip in to help cover the travel expenses and Punished Props is covering the rest of the bill! The GoFundMe campaign is still live, so feel free to chip in a bit if you’d still like to help shoulder the burden....

L200 Foam: Top Quality Costume Armor Material

We all love our EVA foam floor mats and craft foam. They’re readily available at hardware and craft stores, they’re cheap, and they’re easy to work with. Sometimes, however, we might want something a little bit more refined. That’s where L200 foam comes in! L200 is a type of EVA foam that is more raw than our craft sheets and floor mats. The great news? You can now order it online from Amazon in large, uncut rolls! You do end up paying a bit more for this handy material, but there are many advantages: L200 doesn’t have any texture on either side, no need for removing it. In my opinion, this is the biggest advantage over floor mats. L200 comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″, 1/4″, and 1/8″ Black or white The sheets are gigantic (48″ x 72″) This is amazingly helpful if you’re building large/long armor or prop pieces. Some other considerations: Unless you live near a distributor, you’ll have to get it shipped, which means additional cost and waiting for delivery. It is slightly more flexible than most EVA floor mats and craft foam sheets. The rolls are gigantic, you’ll need a place to store it while you build. Will L200 replace my coveted floor mats? Not completely. I bought a 1/2″ and a 1/4″ roll for my Destiny Titan Armor costume to try it out and I like it very much. I will probably buy a big stock of it for whenever I’m planning a big armor build and rely on locally sourced mats and sheets for my normal day to day use....

Portal 2: Wheatley – 2011 Build

Build and write-up by Brittany Doran. 2011 was a huge year for Bill and I. Living in Seattle, we would go to PAX Prime each year. In 2011, PAX was a week before Labor Day, so the convention didn’t overlap with DragonCon! We decided to hit up both conventions–because we’re crazy. After our first DragonCon, we decided, as cosplayers, that we would pick DragonCon over PAX for future years. DragonCon is a costume paradise! That year, Bill met Harrison, from Volpin Props, who gave Bill sage advice that went something like “dude, just quit your day job and make props for a living.” That’s when it all started. So, Wheatley. He was my first scratch-build prop. I learned a ton of things not to do and also a few techniques I still use today. Before we get to Wheatley, I want to highlight two bits of my Chell costume. Iron-on shirt transfers Create your design in a photoshop program, or just look for a pre-made vector on Google Images. Print it out on this special transfer paper and iron it onto your clothing! Pros: You can make the exact size you want and place it just like the reference image. Cons: I got the “won’t crack on stretchy cloth” kind, but that was full of lies. The transfer began to crack from stretching, so I had to carefully pull the shirt over my head and only hand wash it. This was the only down side, so if you’re putting a decal on non-stretchy cloth, go for it. Chell Boots The only recommendation I have from my Chell boots build, is to...