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Worbla's Finest Art Tutorial I

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Hello and welcome to my second tutorial. I made this one especially for Thomas today.

Here are some pictures on "How to use Worbla's"


But first: What is Worbla's?

Worbla's Finest Art is a thermoplastic that's ultra cosplayer-friendly. It cuts easily with a knife or a pair of scissors. Then simply heat it up with steam, hot water or hot air (90°C), and it'll become mouldable. Once it's cooled down it goes hard again.

Worbla's works with spray paints and acrylics very well. There is glue on the shiny side, so multiple layers can be added when it's hot. And because it's only about 1mm thick, it's very good for creating details.

Don't throw away any leftovers! They can be heated up and then rolled together, then you can use it like putty.

◊◊◊ copied by coscraft ◊◊◊

you can buy it here:
my costume


Here you can see how I made the medals for my Lady Loki cosplay step by step.


What do you need:
- pencil, scissors or a knife and maybe paper
- worbla's
- head dryer
- acrylic paint/ spray
- sandpaper and spackle
- basic model

How does it work, step by step:


Keep your materials and basic models ready. Here you can see the light brown Worbla's and the basic forms.


Draw a shape or the outline of your basic model.


you're done? then cut it out - wohooo. (You can cut it easily with a knife or a pair of scissors.)
just a hint: Collect all residues. You can use it later for another project!


Time for the magic weapon: the ultimate heat pistol!
Heat your Worbla's, it gets soft and pliable.

my second hint: it is TOO hot when your worbla's is brighter/white and rough.


Put your Worbla's on your basic model or bend it freehand.
Now you have to wait for it to get cold and solid again.


You should heat all your pieces and bend them into your desired form in one go. This is easier and saves you a lot of time.


You don't need to do this step, but you can use some spackle to make your worbla's smoother.

STEP 7 a

If you use spackle, you can grind it down to smoothness with sandpaper.

STEP 7 b

This picture doesn't show it that well, but you can make out what I mean.
Your goal: make it smooth smooth smooth, like a baby bottom. ^.~


Are you done with the previous step? Now you can use all acrylic paint and spray it as you need. Let them dry very well.
For special effects you can use a second paint to draw on it after the first dried through.


Wear it on a convention and be the proudest cosplay in this world ♡

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Doitsuki Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
how do you keep your fingers safe?
kanamiCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Firefly182 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am wondering: how hard does it really get once it's cold/dry again? Me and my boyfriend are planning to resume our armor project again and we started off with resin and fiberglass. But that's not an easy task. Does Worbla get's as stiff and hard as fiberglass?
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
no. It is familiar with Wonderflex. But you can use fiberglass, resin, filler or other varnish to harden it.
For example: You can use some tights and resign for a nice and hard varnish.
fuurin-no-uta Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Just a small question. You advise to gahter all the residue. What can you do with it? I've heard you could melt it together somehow?
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Here a super short second tutorial what you can do with all residue: [link]

(or you can make a new worbla sheet)
Lizard-Girl Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
can the worbla be heated to fuse with fabric? or do you have to glue it?
I'm going to be working on a costume with it and am curious about this
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't know. I glue it till now. But if you want to test it and it will work, let me know it ^^
Korilassical Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Excuse me, but what kind of glue do you use to adhere your worbla to your fabric?
Lizard-Girl Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha no problem though i will be using wonderflex because the cheapest sight for worbla is on back order and this other one is located in montreal.
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