Patterns and Templates
Here’s our collection of how to make body forms and how to make patterns and templates for your props and costumes. Body forms can be made from simple materials like duct tape or sturdy materials like plaster. You can even make affordable molds from Alginate and cast a solid Hydrocal piece that will be your exact body part size. We design our templates and blueprints in the free vector graphics program Inkscape.
I’ve had trouble getting the correct scale when designing and re-making space guns from video games, so I’ve come up with a fool proof way to scale prop guns.
Britt is using Autodesk’s Maya to template armor pieces over a human model. Then, an armor piece is unwrapped in Pepakura Designer to create a paper test template.
Pepakura, also called “paper craft”, is a handy tool to add to your cosplay arsenal.
Bill is making his Destiny Titan cosplay helmet! Bill goes through the process of patterning, EVA foam cutting, and assembly for a quick helmet build.
Watch Bill as he templates, builds, and sands his Destiny Titan costume leg armor–all out of EVA Foam!
Check out this video tutorial on how I made my EVA foam helmet. I’ve used this technique for several cosplay costumes!
We needed a head model for a costume helmet fitting, so we made a head mold from Alginate and cast it out of the plaster Hydrocal.