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Foam and Worbla armour MEGA TUTORIAL by AmenoKitarou Foam and Worbla armour MEGA TUTORIAL by AmenoKitarou
Brace yourselves! The MEGA tutorial is coming. 
Part 1 Foam Shaping, Part 2 Foam Detailing, Part 3 Worbla

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I hope this will help someone, somehow, someday~! 
Please leave feeback and share! Enjoy. 

P.S. PLEASE READ FAQs before asking questions in comments 

- What kind of foam? Where do I buy?
EVA foam. 5mm thick. I buy it in the form of a gym mat from local malls. 

- What kind of glue?
I use contact adhesive (you can buy this at any hardware store). But hot glue also works~

- Where can I buy worbla?
If you are in Sydney, there is a place that stocks it locally called The Sarlacc Pit in Parramatta. If you are elsewhere... I have no idea. Google "Buy Worbla Online" maybe?

- I can't afford worbla. What can I do?
Follow the tutorial until the end of Part 2. Then seal and paint it as a foam armour. Part 3 is completely optional. 

- I tried this and it didn't work so well. 
Practice. Fail. Repeat. Learn.

- Video tutorial?
There is nothing exciting about listening to my voice while I do tedious things. So I assure you this is the best medium. 

- Commissions?
Yes. PM for details and quote.

- I thought you disliked worbla? 
I do. But since there are many people out there who love worbla, and I am working with it now, why not share some knowledge?
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:iconnatanthe6th:
NatanThe6th Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha I love how you explained the steps :p :p great work.
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:iconarsanni:
Arsanni Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
what is this brown....paper?
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:iconnatanthe6th:
NatanThe6th Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's called Worbla, it's a thermoplast.
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:iconrwolf1970:
rwolf1970 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks man, looking for some tips on my first foam project, nice work :)
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:iconkupieckorzenny:
KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I've always been a bit intimidated by eva foam, but this seems to be simpler than I thought! (though still now easy, of course). Cosplay I'm working on requires pauldrons only (not full armor) so it's a good way to start :) Thanks a lot!
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:iconsupaaneko:
SupaaNeko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Simple, yet really got the point across. Freaking love it.
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:iconr62:
R62 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Dumb question, but I assume this can work for Halo armour templates as well? Just curious since it has a LOT of details too :P
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:icondesignertjp:
DesignerTJP Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Hi! Great FX Shop Humor you have! I can feel your pain that you've been up at 3:00am several times on your cool projects. Thanks for your Tutorial!
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:iconoceanpirate:
OceanPirate Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For foam, should we use EVA foam or would craftfoam work aswell? I use a 6mm craftfoam, even for details,but when I try to bend it, it won't allow me to,so now I'm stuck with a lot of seams in my details. I readed about using hot glue....How does that work? Putting hot glue on the seam,and pushing it together?
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:iconkiteera:
Kiteera Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved this! I'm in the beginning stages of a Star Wars: The Old Republic cosplay. I found plenty of helpful tips in here, thanks a million!
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:iconkiravanndrea:
KiraVanndrea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the great tutorial!
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:iconmarkonator:
Markonator Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny+helpful=perfect! :D
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:iconseekaz:
SeeKaz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Aweee-ssoomee ,amazing :D :D
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:iconwild-fire-1187:
Wild-Fire-1187 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014   General Artist
If I may place a recommendation: Harbor Freight Tools stores sell EVA foam sheets, 12x12 feet for $8. It's good foam, used for workshop floors, and you get a good lot of it for a good price.
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:iconcrystalarwen:
CrystalArwen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hello, this tutorial is awesome! Can I translate it to russian an post into russian cosplay community on vk.com ? I will add a link on your Deviantart
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure can!!
Can you also link facebook.com/Amenokitarou please?
I am much more active there and much more likely to reply to questions :)
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:iconjupiterelite:
jupiterelite Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
How do you heat the Worbla???
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... with a heat gun
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:iconmodesty:
modesty Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT'S how you do the stupid lip thing. Brill. Thanks so much for that.

And yeah, I never thought sandwiching for worbla was a good idea either.
Thanks again!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeahhhh it took me years to finally do it right!!!! It's so shit D:
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:iconmonkaf:
monkaf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
This is a great tutorial! I have a question regarding just making foam armor. Do you have a way to get cleaner edges w/o using worbla? I cant afford it and I would like to make the best looking armor I can with what I have. Any tips?
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.
I like to avoid hot glue, and use contact adhesive. Once the seams are pressed together, I go over it with a heat gun and squeeze the seams tighter and cleaner to each other with my fingers. 
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:iconsadistokita:
SadistOkita Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
I really love your hard work! Amazing! hihi <3
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconrobroydude:
robroydude Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Talent and patience, I lack them, therefore I will live ficariously thru you. :)
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014   General Artist
This actually just taught me everything I've been curious about!! I really want to try making some Worbla armor, but I had no idea how! Thanks so much for this!!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Good luck with your costume!
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:iconisavien:
Isavien Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
This is the best tutorial ever! Not even tutorial ... This is just the best of best :D 
It's good to have a laugh before all the sweat and tears and glued fingers :D
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)))
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:iconjoshuainthebox:
joshuainthebox Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Helpful and I love the sense of humor!  So many tears... Kudos!
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:icontenshihime13:
TenshiHime13 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Thank you so much for this.  I've been trying to figure out how to make my armor for a Lady Paletena cosplay and you just answered all of my questions!
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:iconmaxiemarauder:
MaxieMarauder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   General Artist
What's worbla?
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:icondeomew:
deomew Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I only have 2 months left till a con, and I was going to make a basic cosplay without the armor. But now that I've seen this, I'm most likely gonna try to make at least the foam versions.

Cheers for the guide!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply. I would've said good luck but it's over two months now so I hope your costume turned out okay!!
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:icondeomew:
deomew Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist
The costume took me a lot more time than I anticipated. So I ended up having to postpone it till a later con.

I'm currently working on it though, and the parts of it that I've already got look pretty decent. ^^
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:iconliquidsnake4:
LiquidsnakE4 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
bitches do be lovin them diamonds
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha yes they do
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:iconmace-windows:
Mace-Windows Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Helpful tutorial, although I'm finding it difficult to cut accurately at an angle like that.
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it comes with practice
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:iconpandariot:
PandaRiot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
i do not understand the diamond cut part
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
try it and it'l make sense
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:iconpandariot:
PandaRiot Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
mind blown
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:iconkiri-kitsune:
kiri-kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! Thank you so much for the great tutorial!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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:iconkiri-kitsune:
kiri-kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Of course! Your cosplays are fantastic! :D
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:iconflammechant:
Flammechant Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a million for that tutorial (came here from Kamui-cosplay facebook page) It's easy to understand and very handy, it looks almost doable for a non-crafty person like myself (I said "almost" :D ). Thank you for sharing your techniques.
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :) good luck!
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:icontail-biter:
Tail-Biter Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
This will seriously come in handy for my first real cosplay. I don't have the imagination to figure out what to make things out of. 
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck with your project :)
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:icontail-biter:
Tail-Biter Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks. I hope I can pull it off
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