COMBO: Worbla XL + Modeling Plastic
Get the best of two thermoplastic worlds! Worbla XL sheets and Modeling Plastic! Worbla is one of the most used thermoplastics by costume and prop builders worldwide.
See below for more info on how to use Worbla and Modeling Plastic.
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QUICK WORBLA OVERVIEW:
HOW TO USE WORBLA:
Worbla comes in sheets and in most cases Worbla is used in combination with a thin layer of EVA foam sandwiched between two layers of Worbla. This can be accomplished by going through the following steps:
- First create a pattern from your body with ducttape or paper masking tape or use a pre-existing pattern.
- Trace the pattern on to a piece of thin EVA foam (usually about 3mm thick) and cut the pattern out of the EVA foam.
- Put your cut out EVA foam on the sheet of Worbla and trace it, but make sure your Worbla is about 1 cm bigger all around than your EVA foam pattern.
- Repeat step 3, because you need 2 layers of Worbla to sandwich your EVA foam pattern in.
- Now that all the patterns are ready to go you can heat up 1 of your 2 Worbla patterns, we advise using a heatgun for this.
- When the Worbla has been heated enough (you can see this when the Worbla becomes less shiny) put the EVA foam on the heated Worbla.
- Heat up your second piece of Worbla and put it on top of your pre-heated Worbla and EVA foam, creating a Worbla sandwich with the EVA foam in between.
- Use your hands to press the Worbla together and shape it to your liking, but be careful because the Worbla should still be hot.
- While it is still hot, you can cut off the excess Worbla from the EVA foam pattern by using scissors.
- Voila, you now have created your first Worbla sandwich and you are ready to take on the world!
- Keep repeating the upper steps untill you have build your entire cosplay armor or prop.
There is also an alternative to the sandwiching method, which is called the folding method. The biggest benefits of using the folding method are savings in materials and weight, because you only need 1 layer of Worbla instead of 2 layers. The biggest difference is that at step 3 you need to make sure your Worbla is about 3-4cm bigger than your EVA foam pattern, because you will be folding these edges around your EVA foam pattern to the back. If you are interested in more details in regard to working with Worbla, we highly recommend the tutorial books from Kamui Cosplay or following one of our workshops. After you are finished with building your cosplay armor piece or prop, you can directly start painting on it with Acrylic paint. But for the best results we always recommend priming (and sanding if needed) the Worbla piece first. All of our primers are suitable for using directly on to Worbla.
QUICK MODELING PLASTIC OVERVIEW:
HOW TO USE MODELING PLASTIC:
Modeling Plastic is one of the most friendly thermoplastics to use out there. This because you only need a bowl, hot water, a scoop and some creativity to sculpt the most beautiful things. It doesn't matter if this is for your cosplay armor, weapon, props, prostetics or even a stand alone sculpture. Just follow the steps below:
- Get yourself a bowl.
- Fill the bowl with boiling water.
- Add the Modeling Plastic spheres.
- When they become transparent, scoop them out with a spoon or tool.
- Start sculpting with your hands (or tools).
- Let it cool down and you are done!