As promised, here is the video for the instamorph roses! This only shows how to make the open ones that I used on my hip armor, but should give you the basic idea for the rest.
Now, add attachments (I used D rings) to the backs of all of your armor, so that you can attach velcro, or buckles, or belts, or whatever you plan to use.
Chest armor time! Get yourself a round object that is approximately the same size as your breasts. Use this to form your breast cups. This was my very first time using this method so it didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked, but it worked. Place on foam and trace out the rest of your breastplate. Cut and tape together, making sure it fits.
Cover in worbla and attach cups.
Next, use some newspaper to make a template for your back piece. Make sure not to make it too long or too short. I made mine too long at first and had to trim it up. Cut from foam, cover in worbla, attach to front.
Add attachments. Now, design! I drew the design on the chest armor, then used tape to transfer the design to foam. I then hot glued the foam onto the plate. Also, added an instamorph rose.
Now, I did all the painting and then realized that I needed a belt because of a very obvious seam. I’m putting the belt info here, so ignore the painted armor. We’re not there yet! For the belt, you need either someone to measure for you, or you need to create the belts. Making the belts to hold the hip armor on was very simple. I’m not going to go through it step by step unless I feel people need help with it, but here is a photo montage of the belt making process.
I did not have help at the time I made these, so I created the belts, put the hip armor on, then measured from side to side in the front. Using this measurement, and the thickness of my belt, I created a pattern. I added a 1/4″ border, then traced over a rose print out for the design.
Go over your design with an exacto knife, careful not to cut all the way through. Heat with heat gun.
Cover in worbla. In order to get the design to transfer through, I had to trace it with some clay shaping tools I had.
Attach to hip armor.
Sand as needed. Now it’s time to gesso/modge podge. This step helps to smooth everything out. It took about 8 layers of gesso to achieve the smoothness I was after.
In part three, I’ll show you how to paint and seal your armor, and add the fabric touches.
Until next time, keep cosplaying! Any questions, comments, or requests, leave them below!