Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fem Predator Chest Armor Tutorial Part Two

Continuing on!  When we finished last time, this is where we were:

Now, it's time to cover this beast in worbla.  You can do it bit by bit like I did, using a heat gun, or heat up a sheet of worbla in the oven and fold it over.  I'm fairly new in the worbla game, so I chose bit by bit, so I could control it more.  Basically, I started in the middle and simply melted the worbla down onto the armor.  Make sure you wrap the worbla around the sides so your back piece has something to connect to.

 Hopefully you are better at worbla than I am and you don't have so many wrinkles.  Now, sand the beast.  I used a dremel to get rid of the big wrinkles.  I decided I didn't want my armor smooth, because the facehugger wouldn't be smooth, so aside from the big oppsies, I didn't sand much.  After sanding, cover in gesso.

If you want yours smooth, sand between each gesso layer to give a smooth finish.  Somehow, some of my pictures have disappeared.  I either put them in a wrong folder, or accidentally deleted them.  So some of the next steps are lacking pics.  I apologize for that.  Paint your armor however you desire.  I did the main bits in a dark purple, and the facehugger in a gunmetal silver.  And, prior to all of that, I painted it black to make things pop.  You'll also want to dry brush in black and silver to distress it.  Age it a bit, you don't want to look like an unblooded.

Next, make a back piece.  No pics for this, sorry.  :(  Basically, drape some fabric across the back, sketch it out, then use as a template.  Cut out of craft foam.  I was running low on worbla, so I decided to just do multiple coats of modge podge on the foam to harden it.  Also, line the inside with fabric (I used the template and just elmers glued it down).  Paint to match front.  Hot glue the shoulders of the front and back together.  Use additional pieces of fabric/foam as needed for stability.  Mine glued together very easily with no additional pieces needed.  I also glued the back side to front side on the right.  On the left, I added velcro.  This way, to put it on you simply slide it over your head, clasp the bra, and secure open side with velcro.  It's working beautifully so far.

Now, for the tail!  I drew up a quick sketch of the tail, to scale.  To find the scale, I put my armor on, then used a fabric measuring tape and wrapped it around me how I wanted the tail to be.  I then used a reference pic of a facehugger to determine how big each section should be.  It's really a personal preference.  All of my pieces are the same height, except the last two.  And the width simply got smaller as I went from base to tip.

Use the sketch to cut out your pieces from EVA foam. Make sure to label them (I used numbers).

Use a dremel to shape the pieces.  Next, attach to a ribbon.  I hot glued them to the ribbon, then used scrap craft foam to secure it.

Paint.  Once again, I base painted black, then did the silver.  Make sure to paint both sides (underside can stay black).

In order to hot glue it to your armor, you have to prep the area.  Gesso works really well, or you could sand it.

Glue in place.  Make sure to hold it until the glue takes.

Install your clips.  I put it on, then wrapped the tail around me to mark out where the clips should go.

Mark out where your cannon/medpack is going to sit, and install the rare earth magnets like you did for your pack.  Make sure to cover in foam to hold in place.

The shoulder pieces are from an AVP template I got off thehunterslair from vinmanmac.  Since it is not my own design, I'm not going to post instructions for it.  Search it in the forum and follow his instructions.  All I did with them, once made, was attach them to the armor using black elastic and hot glue.

And you're done!  Congrats!  You have an awsome facehugger Predator chest armor!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fem Predator Chest Armor Tutorial Part One

So, you want to be a Predator?  It took me two tries to finally get a piece of chest armor I was proud of.  Here is how I did it.  First, let me give you a list of materials used.  I'll try to make this as comprehensive as I can.

  • Old bra, or cheap bra.  Needs to be foam formed, not just cloth.
  • Craft foam
  • Worbla
  • Some form of air dry clay.  The less is shrinks after drying, the better.
  • EVA foam
  • Gesso
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Some form of fastener
  • Rare earth magnets (for cannon/medpack)
The first thing you want to do is set your dress form/mannequin to your measurements.  Then, put the bra on it.

You want the bra you choose to be foam formed, not simply cloth.  It needs to hold the boob form without help.  Also, I chose a strapless.  If you're in the states, you can get new and cheap bras from TJMaxx, Ross, etc.  Next, use fabric draped on your form to make template for your armor.

 Use the template to cut out the craft foam.  Pin in place.

Repeat as needed.

Once you are satisfied, hot glue in place.  Be careful not to hot glue the armor to your dress form.

Add details (if you want).

I decided to make the facehugger 'sacs' flat instead of bulbous.  My reasoning is that this is an actual facehugger, and she bleached it like a trophy, so it would shrivel up in the process.  Feel free to make yours more 3 dimensional if you wish.  Also, use foam to map out where the legs will be.

For this next part, I rested my dress form on the floor.  You could also use a table, if your dress form will cooperate.  Use the air dry clay and sculpt your facehugger.

When mine dried, all of the pieces fell off.  It's fine, really.  Just hot glue them back into place.  Also, mine shrunk a bit more than I had hoped, so I had to use hot glue to fill in some gaps.

That's it for part one.  Part two will finish it off!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Making a Predator Medpack Part Three

In part two, we finished cutting out the base pieces for the detailing.   The top/dome pieces are to be covered in worbla.  Trace onto worbla for pattern.  Cut two pieces so that the foam can be sandwiched between them.  Using a heat gun, apply the worbla.  Form into a slight curve to cool.  I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes to quickly set the curve.

Hot glue to the top of your medpack.  Using a dremel, sand the thicker pieces of foam, and cut some details into it.  Then, hot glue to the side of the medpack.  You can use hotglue (like I did) or puff paint to add more details.  You can also use a pen to press some details in.

In hindsight, this probably would have been easier to paint if I had painted everything first, then attached.  Oh well.  Paint!  I used a base of black, then used a gun metal grey with a bit of the purple I used for the armor mixed in.

This will attach to the shoulder of your chest armor using a rare earth magnet.  These magnets are no joke, but a regular magnet will not work!  They're a bit pricey, but necessary.  Trust me.

To attach your plasma cannon, you are going to trace out where you want it to be, and cut that out using an exacto knife.

Using the cut piece as a template, cut out 4 rectangles from EVA foam.  These are going to stack up inside your pack to give it stability.

Cut two dowel rods the height of your four EVA foam pieces stack atop each other.  Half the dowel will go into the EVA, the other half into the base of your cannon.  Now, you can either drill these holes, or just use the glue gun to melt them.  I used the glue gun.

Install the dowel into two layers of EVA, gluing it all together.

Do the same with the base of the plasma cannon, creating a unit such as this:

Put aside.  Then, put glue on one of the other EVA rectangles, and carefully slide it inside your medpack and glue to the bottom.  Repeat with the next one.

Now, glue your cannon in place.  Be careful!  I accidentally glued mine in backwards first go around.  Thankfully, I caught it before the glue dried completely.

Now, glue one of your rare earth magnets to the underside of the medpack.  You will need to make sure your mark out where it should be.  I put on my chest armor and balanced the medpack on my shoulder, marking in chalk where the magnets should go.  Make sure you are gluing the correct side!  Be very careful and take your time.

Once glued, glue a piece of foam on top of it.  This should help the magnet stay put.  First time around, I didn't do this and the magnet pulled right off!

Now, if you don't want your cannon to be wobbly, you're going to need an additional magnet near the bottom of the pack. I put the armor on my mannequin and marked where my magnet would need to be on both.  Glue on and cover with foam.

And there you have it!  Completed medpack! 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!