Worbla's Finest is a material that is hitting the world by storm! Easily manipulated, heat activated and as hard as plastic when cool - there is little else in this world that meets its usability. For this project, I will discuss creating the shoulder armor from the Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build I completed this past spring.
Here are the tools/materials you will need:
- A strong pair of shears (I use titanium)
- An Exacto blade
- 2mm EVA Foam
- 1 medium to large sheet of Worbla (purchase here: www.cosplaysupplies.com)
- Poster Board
- A marker
- A heat gun (or the ability to heat the Worbla - I hear warm water works as well)
- Paint brushes and Paint
- Mod Podge Clear Sealant
- A Pencil
Everything starts with a pattern; whether you draw it yourself or use a program like Pepakura, a pattern is necessary to ensure consistency (especially with symmetrical pieces). Start off by drawing or tracing your pattern onto a piece of poster board. Cut out the pattern and tape or pin it together. How does it look? Is it the right size? You want to make sure you have the dimensions correct before you cut out the foam.
With the dimensions adjusted, take your new pattern and trace it onto your 2mm EVA foam (aka craft foam). Once your foam is cut out repeat the "testing" steps. Make sure it looks right and fits well. Now that you are positive about the fit trace your pattern onto your Worbla sheet (make sure the Worbla pattern is a little bigger than your foam pattern) twice. Why twice? Well, I use the sandwich method which means for every one piece of foam you need two pieces of Worbla.
If you don't have the funds for this method you are welcome to cut out one piece of Worbla a bit bigger than your pattern and simply fold over the edges when you get to the building phase (which is discussed in the next step).Foam