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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"

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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 www.coscraft.co.uk/ ◊◊◊

you can buy it here:
coscraft www.coscraft.co.uk/
my costume www.mycostumes.de/

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

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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:

STEP 1



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


STEP 2



Draw a shape or the outline of your basic model.


STEP 3



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!


STEP 4



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.


STEP 5



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.


STEP 6



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.


STEP 7



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. ^.~


STEP 8



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.


STEP 9



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

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:icondoitsuki:
Doitsuki Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
how do you keep your fingers safe?
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't understand this question. I never had troubles with this, no matter if I cut or heat it or what ever xD
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kanamiCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
amazing
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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?
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
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.
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:iconfuurin-no-uta:
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?
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
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)
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:iconblack-cat-creativity:
Black-Cat-Creativity 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
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
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 ^^
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Korilassical Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, but what kind of glue do you use to adhere your worbla to your fabric?
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Black-Cat-Creativity 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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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thats the only bad effect about worbla. You can't buy it everywhere cheap at the moment. I hope more shop will sell it soon.
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Black-Cat-Creativity Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, luckly wonderflex is the exact same thing as worbla but stronger and I ordered it 2 days ago i will be getting in the next 2 days XD
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BlueSatine592 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Really love this tutorial. You did an excellent job. I am doing a segment on my page on cosplay and props and was wondering i can post this really handy tutorial on my page and send the link back here in case anyone has further questions :)
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
this would be awesome. It is great to know, if I can help other people and if they want to link my stuff. Thank you!
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BlueSatine592 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
[link]

This is the link thanks so much for allowing us to showcase your tutorial i took the liberty on showcasing the video as well.
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Gangrelhottie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
did you also use Worbla for the horns and if so would you make a tutorial that would be so helpful
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
anything is made out of worbla. I think it is too late to make a tutorial about the horns. they are done and I will make it not again for the next...years? But maybe my summer tutorial about a worbla-armor with many many details can help you. I will make Joffreys armor from Games of Thrones as a tutorial. It start in April/May and get finish for Juny.
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:iconmo-sensei:
Mo-Sensei Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial, cant wait to start using this product. Just curious how you got the pieces attached to the fabric/material.
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I glue it. But if you need it more like a button oder something like this, you can make holes for sewing or make a 'self-shank button'
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:iconbuckystars:
buckystars Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
What sort of glue do you use?
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
what do you mean exactly? Do you mean the spackle?
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:iconmo-sensei:
Mo-Sensei Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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Double-A-Cosplay Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Hello~ I plan to make a difficult cosplay out of Worbla (specifically speaking, Fiora from League of Legends) and I was wondering how to go about the chest armor, I can't grasp the concept of making it form to my body (Breast plates, ect) and I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how I should go about it? Thank you for this tutorial as well.
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so sorry for this extrem late answere. I hope it isn't too late.

Today I searched some tutorials for you. It exist different ways you can do.
> make or use a dress form (I used this for my toji NGE-Armor) like this [link]
first the dress form get a new "skin" for painting the armor on it. After this I cutt it out and used it as pattern for worbla, wonderflex or what ever you want to use. After cutting all little pieces for the armor you can use your normal dress form as body frame or like that.

> make a body frame with different material: like modeling clay, gesso/gypsum or paper
found this tutorial for this step [link]

> you can use old clothes as pattern. Here two tutorials I found (the first one has a breast part)
[link] and [link]

I hope you got some help with this answere. have fun and good luck!
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:iconmonostache:
Monostache Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tutorial! Might I ask where you bought your heat gun, and how much it cost?

Also, awesome finished cosplay! :3
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I steal it from my dad every time I need it. So I can't say from where it is, or how much it cost.
But you can get a heat gun starting from 20Dollar in all DIY markets you have near you.
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Monostache Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha yeah having a Dad around can be handy for those sorts of things! ;) Thanks for the tip, and thanks again for the awesome tutorial! I am super excited to try this stuff out, I think it'll be just perfect for my Caska (from Berserk) armor's costume that I've been wanting to make for years. :o
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
DO IT!!! YOU WOULD LOVE IT! hehehe :heart:
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Galuren Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello,

I have a question : when you talk about spackle, what do you mean ? Can you give a brand/type/description of what you used? thank you very much by advance !
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used a spackle for wood with a fine varnish from a german lable named "molto". But you can use everything like Gesso, spackles for carpentry etc.
I don't pay attention for specific brands or varieties. It must be workable and solid. Thats important.
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DonutNinja Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
When using the spakle, how durable does it tend to be? Do you have to worry about knocking something and it chipping? Or maybe it such a think layer that it isn't really an issue.
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, I have a little chipping in my headpiece. So if you move too much (like me with my headpieces) or you hit many things with it, it's possible for chipping.
But you can use varnish like resin to safeguard your work.
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:icongaluren:
Galuren Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for your tips ! :D
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:icongixcreation:
GixCreation Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
WOW .. i need to get some of those Worbla !
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xMiiyax Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How much Worbla's Finest Art did you use for the horns & the medals?
-thank u for the tutorial.It's amazing <3
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
hmm I think it was size M for all.
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Afireinsidegirl Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Thank you so much!! :D
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:iconemerald-wyldfyre:
Emerald-Wyldfyre Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
was this the same method you used to make your horns?
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:iconnaraku-sippschaft:
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
exactly
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:iconemerald-wyldfyre:
Emerald-Wyldfyre Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! I've been looking for so long for a cheap-ish easy method that doesnt involve heavy power tools to make that diadem bless uwu
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MysteriousMaemi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol I love the humor in the last scentence with the "I'll-get-you" pose photo just above. :)
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Sheik19 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for posting this! I just ordered some! ^__^
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NoTodoCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh! Thanks! More useful! :D
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