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.
During a recent trip to San Francisco to film some projects with Tested, Bill got to visit Adam Savage’s workshop and team up with the Mythbuster himself for an epic one day build! The duo made a replica of the Nazgul gauntlet using EVA foam. In this video, Bill makes another gauntlet and then paints them all to look like real metal.
Using EVA foam and a rotary tool, Britt carves her own version of Surtur’s skull-like crown from Thor: Ragnarok.
Britt tries out fabric printing with the Sweeper Bot’s bodysuit! After sewing the printed fabric together into a new undersuit, velcro and snap attachments keep all the foam armor pieces in place.
Bill was visited in the shop today by Domestic Dan and the duo made a custom built corgi masquerade mask from EVA foam!
Reference photos of your head and body can be incredibly for prop and costume making! Bill shows you his techniques for making helpful images quickly and easily.
Bill teams up with Evil Ted to show him the basics of transferring costume patterns to the computer using the free vector drawing software, Inkscape.
Bill sits down to design a new sword prop for an upcoming EVA foam weapon build. The PropTarts help him decide which design to go with.
Bill shows a couple of simple techniques for creating a basic helmet template that can be adapted for nearly any costume headwear.
A plaster body casting can be an incredibly useful tool for your costume making arsenal. In this video, Bill and his pals show you how to make a cast safely, quickly, and on the cheap!
How to make a helmet template from a head form. The template is constructed of packing supplies, plastic wrap, and tape. Build up the form you want and…
Britt attempts to level her sewing skills by making World of Warcraft Tabards to wear at BlizzCon!
Check out this lesson from the Punished Props live stream. Bill shows you how to draw simple prop blueprints as he patterns out two weapons from World of Warcraft: Sulfuras, the Hand of Ragnaros and Finkle’s Lava Dredger.