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How to make armor by Maguma by DynamiteBreakdown How to make armor by Maguma by DynamiteBreakdown
ENJOY! FIRST TUTORIAL EVER.

Quick edit's note. either use some sort of crayon or strong marking pencil on the camping mat, if that doesn't work use a sharpie. Sharpie will work well but the mat Absorbs like crazy so when you handle it you WILL get your hands a bit dirty. will remod tutorial for updated version later when kinks in neck are gone XD
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Dracona-Wynne-Hale Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would probably skip the vinyl, but would this type of armor hold up to, say, getting whacked with pool noodles with fiberglass cores?
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
if you are looking to use it for SCA or other LARPing events, multiple levels of padding will do you just fine.
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Dracona-Wynne-Hale Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  I was planning to use chipboard at this point, with some paper mache, but I could definitely use this for thicker pieces!  Does armor made of this foam get too hot?  I'd be wearing it in the summer sometimes.
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it gets sweaty but I've never felt like I've gotten too hot because of it. My only warning and concern is just to stay hydrated because you will sweat in any armor that's covering a majority of your body or limbs.
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cutespheal3442 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
i think using camping mat material is better for me because i can actually get it frm the store
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:iconzanruos:
zanruos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
i need to try it with the walmart camping mat
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:icontimunicorn:
TimUnicorn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!! This will definatly help with my Bastion cosplay!!! Thanks!
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SophisticatedSquid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Would you say that this would be appropriate for the great Siegmeyer of Catarina?
more broadly knight armor in general?
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startrekkr Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Do you think this method would work for a Dark Eldar armor?
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:iconjenbracey:
jenbracey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
very helpful
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:iconreena-hana:
Reena-Hana Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Your tutorial is easy to understand and you make it seem easy! This is very helpful :)
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good to hear!
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SirWonderousMary Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm definitely thinking of using this tutorial for Madara! ^^ Thanks!
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:icondynamitebreakdown:
DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No prob! Enjoy!!
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ineedsugar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Would you mind me asking which brand of foam you use? I love how this turned out!
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's called EVA foam, you can find them in many ways, the most common are camping mats and Workshop floor mats for tool sheds and such.
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SophiaDragonMaster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oooh camping mat! That's a great idea!
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You, my good sir, are a genius. Thanks so much for putting this up!
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Glad you can use it~ you're very welcome!!
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ArturiaCos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
I may try this soon, thanks for sharing!
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you're very welcome~
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maggifan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did you bend the camping mat to that shape? :?
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I glued a second piece to it in that shape to help bring a bit more curve to it. by gluing it down all the way it removes a good amount of the give for flexibility and helps it stay in that shape. also wrapping it up or compressing it and leaving it in a specific position over a long period of time will make it naturally bend.
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SophisticatedSquid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I heard someone say that using a heat gun and bending it also works, do you know if this is truths or lies?
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
To answer both your questions, I'm not familiar with the character but if it's super complex I would use an alternate route. As for the heat gun, you can do that but you have to be more careful with this kind of foam as it's not super high density, it'll melt away.
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SophisticatedSquid Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
What kind of alternate method do you recommend for something like a full suit of armor?
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:icondynamitebreakdown:
DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Craft Foam, wonderflex, worbla, Pepakura and Bondo/resin
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SophisticatedSquid Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much, I'll try it out.
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Si3art Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm... What material is pleather? ^^;
Sorry, google doesnt translate that. I assume its something like fake leather perhaps? Leather covered with plasic? --> Pleather :confused:

And if it is sth like that, then if you pin it down with the needles, doest it leave little holes in the fabric later? :I
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
pleather is fake leather, plastic leather kind of.

if you pin it, the holes normally heal since they're not that big.
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daydreamernessa Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the results you got on this are really nice! i've seen a lot of people do foam armor w/ vinyl wrapped over, but rarely show there in progress work and results! Did you have to shape the mat to get it to curve like with a heat source? or is it a natural curve the mat had if it was rolled up and thats why it has that curvature? Sorry to bother with all the Q's!
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
that's totally fine~ It had a bit of a curve due to it being rolled up in it's packaging. To help form it further I glued a second strip of camping mat underneath WHILE it was bent to help keep the shape better.
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Bellavee Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! This will be quite helpful for me in the future. =D
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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meameaa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Or man up.
Teehee.
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
hahaha
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SiroTonoGreen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Oh You ;)
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Ryugexu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
That is a great tutorial. I love it, and I plan on using it for cosplay purposes. And here I thought that sort of thing was impossible!
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Fearthebullet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is so going to help me one day.
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RawrKyuubi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Aniki this is amazing. I'll totally use this when I need to >D
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Seiryuu-san Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is an awesome idea!!! I've been racking (not sure if that's right) brain on how to go about making Hikaru's armor from Magic Knights Rayearth. This will be very useful. Thank you for posting this.:D
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
no problem!
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terraskye Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student General Artist
this is the easiest method of making armor, and even for people who don't have fancy prancy stuff like foam! Thank you so much
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twilightchildriku Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
just a quick question about how much did the pleather and camping mat cost you?

oh and where did you get the pleather (i dont think the walmart near me carries it)
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
the camping mat cost around 7-8 dollars and the pleather i got in the fabric district here in LA for about 12 bucks a yard. normally i get pleather cheaper
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twilightchildriku Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
awesome thanks

(TT^TT) i think pleather is like 7 to 14 bucks a yard at the joanne's near my house

im hoping its closer to 7 LOLs
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GT18 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a Mister Tutorial!!! It'll be very useful in the future XD Just let me ask you a question:
Due to the nature of my cosplay, I'll need to make an armor without fabric.
Is it good to varnish the mat, once you put on it some hands of vinavil glue? A friend told me that the glue will "seal" the mat, allowing you to varnish with ease...
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
yeah, if you coat it in glue it'll seal up real nice. but i'd do a couple coats just to make sure it's smooth.
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GT18 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahah, no problem at all with that. I'll make sure that the number of coats will be at least 4! :D
Just one more question.
Since I'm planning to make a quite "flat" and "single block" armor, what's the best way to make it easy to wear? Velcro, or something like that?

Uhm...maybe it is quite hard to explain, I should show you a pic...
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DynamiteBreakdown Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
velcro or snaps/clasps
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