WORBLA

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Photo can be found here:  http://www.yayahan.com/uploads/images/worbla-progress.jpg

Costume made by Yaya Han

Worbla is a thermoplastic material that has been taking the cosplay world by storm. It is an easy solution to making detailed and intricate armor and props to bring your cosplay to the next level. The downside to Worbla is the price, and can cost a lot for making your costume, but is one of the easiest methods in making all parts of your costume.

Here you will find lots of information regarding how to make your Worbla template, how to use the material, cost and so much more. So you don’t waste your time trying to find a certain bit of information, there will be a contents so you know where to go, or if you are a beginner, feel free to read it all so you can have a great Worbla experience!

  • What is Worbla?
  • The Basics and not so Basics
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Shaping/Forming of your piece
  • Head wear
  • Breast Plates
  • Leg Armor
  • Body Armor
  • Arm Armor
  • Foot Armor
  • Detailing
  • Painting/Priming

WHAT IS WORBLA?

Worbla is a thermoplastic material that is used to most commonly make armor for a cosplayers costume. Once heated, it can be shaped to your liking and once cooled down it becomes rock hard again. It is different from other ‘thermoplastics’ as it is thinner and curves better to help get the shape you need for your costume. The great thing about Worbla is that there is not waste as scraps can be ‘conditioned’ and 100% re-blended to still be usable!

One of the sides of Worbla works as a ‘glue’ so when it is heated, it can be attached to other layers or other surfaces without the need of glue. So much is possible with Worbla, and the only limit is your imagination!

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Photo can be found here : http://www.gamersheroes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Diablo-III-Wizard-Cosplay-Gamers-Heroes-932×1398.jpg

Costume by Svetlana Quindt/KamuiCosplay

THE BASICS AND NOT SO BASICS.

Worbla can be an easy material to use, once you get the basics down. To help in making your Worbla experience as easy as possible, you will want to have the right tools to start off with. A heat gun is your number one priority for heat source to heat up the Worbla for easy crafting use. A pair of scissors for cutting your Worbla and a pen to trace your pattern.

Remember to have a safe working environment to not burn anything, and to not burn yourself while working with this material.

There are so many different techniques while using Worbla, like layering your Worbla to get it thicker and adding an extra strip for detailing, but that will be covered in the other segments. And so, without further ado, the next segment!

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Photo can be found here: http://37.media.tumblr.com/217fb9876686b4618b65694322bbf192/tumblr_n5qquj4fpi1rqpi1ho5_1280.jpg

Cosplayer was not named

TIPS AND TRICKS 

Worbla has many tips and tricks, for many different aspects. Firstly, some tips on a safe Worbla making environment:

  • Watch out for your hands and fingers, as everything will get hot!
  • Make a board covered in duct insulation tape for a safe working environment.

When removing air bubbles on your Worbla, remember to:

  • Heat up the Worbla so it is soft and easy to use
  • While it is hot, get a small needle and poke a hole in it on and angle, and then slowly press down on it to release the air
  • This will remove the air bubbles and it will be smooth again. The small holes where the needle stabbed into the Worbla are easily cover able when using a layer of Gesso.

Another important tip is for recycling your Worbla

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