Just a superhero in normal people clothes. Follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nerdgirlcosplay or on Twiitter @nerdgirlcosplay
This is going to serve as a general guide to different types of thermoplastics. It will cover their optimal uses and techniques that apply to each specific type of thermoplastic.
The reason I’ve decided to create this comprehensive guide is a strange trend that I and several of my cosplayer friends have noticed in the community: you’re all making this way harder than it needs to be.
Worbla doesn’t really need craft foam sandwiched in it, heat guns are not the optimal way to shape large sheets of thermoplastic, and finishing thermoplastic doesn’t have to be a 20 step process.
It’s fantastic that cosplayers have come up with their own ways to do things and the community has done some serious innovation with many techniques that the professional world could really learn from. However, I come from a theatrical costuming background (as well as a cosplay background), and they’ve been using thermoplastics longer than most of us nerds have been alive. In fact, the reason thermoplastics have been a valued material in the industry is because the ease and speed with which they can be used. At the speed y’all use worbla, I may as well be paper macheing the damn armor.
This guide will be organized by type of thermoplastic, but I recommend reading through the entire thing and not just skipping to the type you’re thinking about using because there’s a chance that a different type might actually be suited to your needs!
Happy reading! <3