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Cosplay with Floral Foam Tutorial by Arizzel Cosplay with Floral Foam Tutorial by Arizzel
Had fun making this tutorial. n_n

Cosplayers have always been so wonderful to share things with me. Has helped me grow myself as a cosplayer. Hopefully in my time I have picked up a few things that i can now share to others.
I love using unconventional and/or little-thought-of materials, and making them work.
Some key check points a cosplayer might look at when selecting materials for a costume:
Whats inexpensive?
Whats lightweight?
Does quality show?

Sometimes its hard to find materials that fit all 3, but I may have found something with floral foam. Hopefully this tutorial makes floral foam a little less frightening to work with and can save some cosplayer's budgets. :)

Enjoy carving and green dust!

See more of my costumes updates, works in progress, more photos here: [link]
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:iconbeckyhew:
BeckyHew Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thanks so much for the tutorial, I will definitely try it. I have one question - what paints are suitable to use after the layer of glue?
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Just plain acrylic paints work. :)
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LorenzoAndre Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Then, how to make it solid (hardened)?
I want to make a gun. CURSE YOU! 
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
There is many methods. I guess find one you feel comfortable with.
First seal up the foam with some white glue: elmers, modgepodge, gesso. This will make it less fragile and more of a solid base to work with.

He are some ways I have covered it to make hard in the past:
cover in paper mache or paper clay.
these dry more hard and rigid, and allow you to sand smooth

One object, i sealed it up with a lot of glue and brushed resin over it. Once resin cured it made it hard.
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Thank you!
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:iconlady-koisuki:
Lady-Koisuki Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG THIS WILL COME IN HANDY!!! THANKS! :D
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:iconarizzel:
Arizzel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Glad to hear! :) Never a problem.
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MraydiMakeArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SOO COOL!
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AxelAsh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial might be helpful when I remake my gun for Panty and when I do my own ears and horns for my pony costumes XD
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Glad to hear. Good luck on all your projects!
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nightrainkatana Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
is elmers glue like PVA? seeing as i live in england i need an alternative
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Based on my research. Looks like elmers glue is a type of PVA. I think it would be a safe bet.
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nightrainkatana Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thank you very much ^w^
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Nocturnal--Artist Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you cover it in resin? That part confuses me
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I have yet to try. But there is some quick curing resin that i am thinking of dipping it in. Well see. If im successful ill make a tutorial when i get around to it.
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:iconkimikotan:
Kimikotan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Huh... I never thought to use this stuff o.o Looks messy but oddly looks kind of fun at the same time xD
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:iconarizzel:
Arizzel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Haha. It is both. n_n
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aeilownchyi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student General Artist
How did you mount it? I'm using it for a cosplay, and I need to fasten the pieces onto a string for a necklace and I have no idea how to get it onto the string without it falling apart.
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Without knowing what your making. Few things you can do: take a needle/pin up to the size of a screw driver(Depending on the size of the thing your making)
And gently twist dont push through. The foam will flake and scrape away leaving a hole. Just patience and no quick force and it should hold.

Or if you want to make a little half ring out of clay to loop it through. Glue it to the foam. My #1 glue of choice is E6000. It has held and mended so many things for me.

Hope that helps
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girldirtbiker Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for this! I've been looking for a way to make light weight props
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Im glad! Good luck. and please share any of your projects with this. Would love to see. :D
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Farelle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you ;) I always wondered what would be lightweight AND detailed enough for cosplay, never got the idea to combine those things :D
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:iconarizzel:
Arizzel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
So glad it help. Ask any questions, and if you make anything with this method i will love to see!
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Vachelle Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Wow, who would have thought, heh. Great tutorial! :heart:
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:iconarizzel:
Arizzel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thank you. Hope it helps!
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claudiasutton Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional
WOW! This is fantastic and incredibly helpful. I didn't know that stuff was so awesome. XD Thank you for taking the time to put this together.
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
No problem. I enjoyed creating it greatly. And super bonus if it helps someone.
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claudiasutton Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional
Well, indeed it is. You get your super bonus. :w00t:
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moo-cows Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think mod podge would work instead of elmers glue? :*
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:iconarizzel:
Arizzel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Yup. I do.:)
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moo-cows Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaay thank you! It's working great c;
I'm making some pony horns for friends and this is such an easy method! (way better than heavy clay or wood) :P

Thank you so much for the tutorial ^.^
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Omg I am so excited! Please show me when you done, I would love to see! And also, I would like to post links to what other people made using this method, if that would be cool with you!

And np. Let me know if you have other questions and such. Hopefully I can get around to other tutorials soon.
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Nandra11 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
This is a lovely tutorial, thanks for taking the time to put it up! One question - how well does the foam hold up? Is it a little flexible, or do you have to be careful with thinner pieces?
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Arizzel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
The foam inst flexible. You will have to be careful with thinner pieces until you seal it up with glue, paper clay, or paper mache. I have bonked things a few time and they lived but nothing super thin. I try to do things thicker than a half inch to 3/4 inch to be sure(though my points on spikes are thin because they have a thick base. :)). Its great for rigid pieces, and details that need to be lightweight. I would experiment with a piece to see how it hold with the shape you want it to work for
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Nandra11 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Awesome, thank you for the info! I'm going to have to find an excuse to experiment with this stuff.
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MissIp Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
wow....
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:iconperseceter:
perseceter Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Nice tutorial.
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:iconarizzel:
Arizzel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Thank you! Hope its clear for everyone:)
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perseceter Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
It's cool.
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