Cosplay armor tutorial
1: Supplies. I use cheap craft foam from Walmart, hot glue, acrylic paints, and googly eyes.
2: Measure and cut your shapes. I'm making a diamond shaped pauldron, so I held the foam over my shoulder and marked out about how big I wanted it to be, before cutting the diamond shape, and then cutting the extra pieces for the border and emblem.
3: Glue everything together. Use layers to make things 3 dimensional. The face of this is 3 layers. A base flat layer, a layer that makes up the border, and the symbol on top.
4: Use hot glue to create raised detailing. All I did here was outline everything, but you can use this for all sorts of designs depending on the piece.
5: Googly eye rivets. Since this is all metal, I'm using the eyes to look like rivets holding everything together. Looks silly now, but it'll look great painted.
6: Prime. Especially since I'm using green foam, I put a couple of coats of white paint over everything to start with.
7: Paint. First coat is a dark metallic gray. I just mixed a little black with a metallic silver paint. I used 2 coats for this, just to make sure you couldn't see any of the white underneath.
8: Silver finish. Using a towel (I'd recommend paper, unless you have a dedicated paint towel) rub a lighter silver over the dark gray. Scrub until it's as tarnished looking as you like.
9: Any extra colors or decor.
And you're done! Add a couple of coats of spray sealant, and enjoy. =)
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