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Tools for Cosplay

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so that you can get started creating your amazing cosplays!

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Basic Tools

There are a handful of basic tools that every cosplayer should have to get started. These include the following items. 

Tools include: Utility Knives, Glue Gun, Heat Gun, Dremel Tool, Wood Burner, EVA Foam and/or fabric.

Click on our recommended tools below to get what you need in order to start your cosplay.

Advanced Tools

To take your skills and cosplays to the next level, there are some extra tools that require a bit more investment and learning.

Mastering these tools will give you the ability to create cosplays that will blow the minds of those who see them. 

Tools include: Sewing Machine, Airbrush Kit, 

Click on our recommended tools below to get what you need in order to start your cosplay.

EVA Foam

One of the most popular and widely used cosplay materials to use when creating custom suits and armor is EVA foam. 

Recommended EVA Foam Suppliers

Worbla

Worbla is another widely used material in the cosplay community. Basically Worbla is a plastic that you can heat and shape to your desire and it will hold that shape when it is cool.

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Worbla Basics (click to view)

Foam Clay

This material is making some serious waves in the cosplay community. Flexible, light, and non toxic this material makes it possible to sculpt accessories or add flexible details to props without sacrificing the weightlessness of foam.

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Foam Clay

This material is making some serious waves in the cosplay community. Flexible, light, and non toxic this material makes it possible to sculpt accessories or add flexible details to props without sacrificing the weightlessness of foam.

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Painting

When it comes to painting your cosplay there are all type of options for you to choose from depending on what the material is that you are painting. Since the most popular material to use is EVA foam, there are a couple options that everyone uses to get started.

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Mod Podge

Mod Podge is a great way to seal EVA foam parts prior to painting. This product acts almost as a glue and tends to work best for parts that have a shape to it that you want to keep as it will harden and keep it's form.

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Plasti Dip

Plasti Dip has been a game changer and is the most widely used product when it comes to painting EVA foam. A flexible paint that helps seal foam, allowing you to apply paint easily after drying. It also help to prevent from paint cracking.

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HexFlex

A new paint product option that is growing in popularity is HexFlex Paint.

HexFlex is a water-based, full flexible, durable brush on paint. It is latex-free, won't crack & cures with no tack.

Product Reviews and Recommendations by Cosplayers

If you have any products that you recommend,

please let us  know at creativecosplaysmag@gmail.com

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As a sewing professional, my costumes are typically fully sewn. This year I wanted to challenge myself and start learning how to use foam in my costumes. I started with foam clay, which I have never used before. I was amazed by how easy it was to use. It is easily manipulated and handles the same way as clay. As it begins to dry, you can add water to it to be able to continue to manipulate it. Once it dries, it feels exactly the same as EVA foam, and sands easily. I do recommend priming before painting, I used about 5 layers of generic brand mod podge and it worked great.

 

A quick tip, I used a nail file to sand curves and in hard to reach places! 

I am happy to recommend Black Magic foam clay from The Foamory to any novice foamsmith.

Cassandra Franklin 

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