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Thermoplastics: A Guide



This is going to serve as a general guide to different types of thermoplastics. It will cover their optimal uses and techniques that apply to each specific type of thermoplastic.

The reason I’ve decided to create this comprehensive guide is a strange trend that I and several of my cosplayer friends have noticed in the community: you’re all making this way harder than it needs to be.

Worbla doesn’t really need craft foam sandwiched in it, heat guns are not the optimal way to shape large sheets of thermoplastic, and finishing thermoplastic doesn’t have to be a 20 step process. 

It’s fantastic that cosplayers have come up with their own ways to do things and the community has done some serious innovation with many techniques that the professional world could really learn from. However, I come from a theatrical costuming background (as well as a cosplay background), and they’ve been using thermoplastics longer than most of us nerds have been alive. In fact, the reason thermoplastics have been a valued material in the industry is because the ease and speed with which they can be used. At the speed y’all use worbla, I may as well be paper macheing the damn armor. 

This guide will be organized by type of thermoplastic, but I recommend reading through the entire thing and not just skipping to the type you’re thinking about using because there’s a chance that a different type might actually be suited to your needs!

Happy reading! <3

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Foam and Worbla armour MEGA TUTORIAL

Tutorial by AmenoKitarou

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Cosplay Posing 102: Facial Expressions 

How to pose your face when you are cosplaying! Let us know if you have any questions.

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It’s back! It’s back! It’s back! It’s back! It’s back!

My original Attack on Titan pattern is up and running again in a new store under my commissioner name. I took it down months ago because I thought it had outlived its usefulness, but apparently not, according to my inbox.

It’s still $10, still printable, and still helpful! It comes with the illustrated sewing guide I wrote as well.

Happy cosplaying, my friend!

It’s back to haunt me and everyone else! Forever and always!

Another gentle reminder that cosplay related ordeals have been moved to Tyrfing +. All commission work has been moved under my commissioner name and storenvy, Tuba Sews!

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Catbus CATBUS CATBUSSS!!! (and totoro + forest spirit)!

I designed all three dresses, and each dress is made and worn by the cosplayer themselves.

Catbus- sakuranym

Totoro- Piko Cosplay

Forest Spirit- Honey Dumpling Cosplay

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A great tip from WM Armory that shows you how to make a ruler that takes the thickness of EVA foam into consideration and gives you accurate measurements.

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Cardcaptor Sakura @ Ayacon Cosplay Ball

So I finally had an excuse to wear this. I’ve wanted to cosplay Sakura since I was her age!! ;; Now that I’ve made all the accessories I just need to kidnap someone to be Syaoran *coughs bluehelado*


Pictures by upsidedowngirl!  

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