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.
When Day asks you to make his cosplay dreams come true by building him a Power Treads costume, you say “YES!”
Our buddies Evan and Katelyn want to take on some more costume oriented projects, so to help them out, we made Katelyn a duct tape dummy to make pattern creation easier!
Bill & Britt team up for an epic Sea of Thieves build! Follow along on their one day build journey as they craft a skull out of EVA foam using basic tools and materials.
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!