Tacky Glue vs Plasti-dip: a comparison

Furthering my quest to discover the cheapest way to pre-treat EVA foam to get the best results I ran a little comparison between Elmer’s Tacky Glue and Plasti-dip.

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These scraps of foam are all painted with 1 part Tacky Glue to 1 part water and then painted with one coat of metallic spray paint.   The numbers indicate how many coats of the glue that each piece got.  The gouged up foam was just so I could see what impact the tacky glue would have on imperfections.  Continue reading

Tacky Glue: an experiment

Following up my post on my Sealing EVA Foam Experiment, I have undertaken to expand my knowledge of Tacky Glue and its possible use to replace Plasti-Dip as my primary undercoating for EVA foam.

Experiment: 

Using a scrap piece of EVA foam I experimented with different thicknesses of tacky glue to try to determine what thickness would be best to create a shiny, metallic type surface out of EVA foam.

Materials: Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue  and Rust-oleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish spray paint.

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Ice Pauldron: part 2

How do you paint something to look like ice?

That’s the question I worked on for weeks. I did lots of research online with little success, so I just started experimenting.  I experimented with acrylic paint in various combinations, glass paint, and spray paint. All in different combinations.  Ice is more than just white or blue, it has a depth of color, a fading from shade to shade that I really just couldn’t capture.

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Here is what I came up with:

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Ice Pauldron: part 1

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This is my first post about my latest project, a Frozen Assassin’s Creed crossover cosplay.  The hardest element of this cosplay has been the ice pauldron and gauntlet. While most of this cosplay is in the style of Assassin’s Creed, I thought if Elsa was going to make her.e own set of armor, she would surly include some elements of ice into it

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Cyberman Photos

Here are some pictures of a home photo shoot I did with the cyberman in an attempt to catch it’s details.   I’ve made a few modifications to the costume since this shoot, but I’m happy with these pictures for the most part.

 

2005 Cyberman: Mask

I know I hinted that Missy would be my next cosplay project, but then I got to thinking how cool would it be if Missy had a cyberman.  I did a little research and a little more and discovered that this wonderful crafter named wondersquid on RPF had made a pattern for a 2005 Cyberman and made them available.    Now honestly, I know that Missy didn’t use the 2005 cyberman,  and in my opinion, the 2013 cybermen are much cooler looking, but it’s also true that the 2013 cybermen are much more detailed and difficult.    So weighing all my options and experience I decided to give the pattern and the 2005 cyberman a try, then if I want to, I’ll have more of an experience base to design my own 2013 cyberman.

cyberman side by sideI made a donation and I got a download of the Cyberman pattern.  I had to get it printed on large paper so I took it to my local copy place and paid $5.00 for the 30 or so copies. The pattern can be tricky at time, but luckily there are a lot of pictures online, so between the pictures and the pattern I’ve been able to figure it out so far. Continue reading