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    All New Thor Cosplay Tutorial

     

    Hello there, I am Sheres Cosplay! A few days ago I was interviewed by Nardio, if you are interested you can read it here. Today I am going to give you a tutorial/walkthrough on how I made my All New Thor cosplay! I hope it will help some people out if they want to cosplay her too, or with any other cosplay!


    I want you to know one thing; it is okay to make mistakes! I made a lot of mistakes when crafting this cosplay and all I did was learn from my mistakes. It is honestly just part of the process so don’t be afraid to make mistakes when you start with something. Let’s begin, shall we!

    This is how I created the pattern for my All New Thor helmet. I put on my wig and wrapped transparent foil around the…

    Posted by Sheres Cosplay on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    The first thing you need when starting your cosplay is a pattern. Here, I put on my wig for Thor and wrapped my head with see-through foil. Then I wrapped that with painters tape. I put on the wig when doing this because I was afraid the helmet would be too tight if I just measured without it. It’s better to make things a bit too big as you can always adjust it later. After that, I roughly drew the shapes of the helmet on the painter’s tape. I took it all off of my head, cut the whole thing in half, and cut more into the shape till I could lay it flat.

    The pattern for the helmet and the back or my armor for Thor.

    Posted by Sheres Cosplay on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Now that the shape was flat, I could use it as a pattern on the EVA-foam I was going to use. I also used this “pattern-making-technique” for the armor, the bodysuit, shoes, pretty much all the parts!

    For the breastplate and the bodysuit, you might need someone else to help you, since it is not easy to cover your own back with painters tape.

    The first stage of my breast plate armor for Thor. It was my first time so It has a couple mistakes but the shape worked out!! I used 1 cm thick EVA-foam for this

    Posted by Sheres Cosplay on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    I used different thicknesses of EVA-foam when building my armor. 5mm EVA-foam is what I used as a base for the helmet and the breastplate. As you can see here, the breastplate looked far from pretty and perfect. There are glue and seams showing everywhere, but I didn’t want to throw it away. So stubborn me looked for a solution.

    To cover up my mistakes, I took the beautiful art piece of John Staub as inspiration for my decorative shapes on the breastplate. It made it look more beautiful and interesting and covered my ugly seams! Now the basic shapes were done! Even though I was satisfied with how the basic shapes, it still didn’t look that great, but I also knew the pretty part was yet to come!


    I added the wings to the helmet and the strips of EVA-foam around the borders. Just adding these decorative borders around all/most of your shapes added a huge amount of definition and made the armor more interesting. Here I also already primed my armor with Gesso. There are a lot more primers that are probably more suitable for EVA-foam. Gesso tends to get cracks when bent or when the armor is worn. I still use it and use the excuse; Battle damage!


    The final step is painting and after that is done, sealing! I first painted the armor black, then silver, then I added the black shadows. The black shadows and weathering made the armor more believable, it also defined the shapes even more. These steps, while time consuming really adds personality and that extra bit of character to your cosplay. It’s well worth the time and effort to do.

    The shoes are the only part of the armor pieces that I made with thermoplastics. I tried making them with EVA-foam earlier, but the result was blocky, bulky, and really disappointing. Using the thermoplastic allowed me to make an organic shape that fit around my shoes perfectly, because of that the result looked a lot more elegant like this.

    Cape in progressss.

    Posted by Sheres Cosplay on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Of course, don’t forget to add a cape! I added some release buckles to attach my cape around my armor.

    I recently added a few more details to my Thor because I really couldn’t help myself and I love the ornamental detail it gives. This is, of course, a big optional step to add additional details to your own liking. You can go as far as you want with your cosplay, that is the beautiful creativity that comes with making your own cosplays!


    Ta-dah! You got yourself some armor! I hope this will get you on the way for your own projects and/or help you in any way. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Good luck with all your creative projects and happy crafting!

     

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