Detailing?

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by HostileGrady, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. HostileGrady

    HostileGrady New Member

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    So I've started my armor and have the helmet finished. I'm wondering how do I sharpen up the edges? It's made from Eva foam and has several curved surfaces and I wanna fix that. K heard about using clay but what kind?
     
  2. xXDashIVXx

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    What do you mean by sharpening the edges? Do you mean making them look more clean? Use a sharper knife and take your time. You can also use a dremmel, but when I do detailing, I just add craft foam on top of my piece
     
  3. HostileGrady

    HostileGrady New Member

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    What I meant by sharpening edges is where the foam bends to make say the chin section of the helmet. It's curved and rouned compared to an angle.
     
  4. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

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    Got a pic of the piece in question? Could use make a craft foam skin or smear on bondo & sand it. Clay tends to crumble, shrink and crack in my experience.
     
  5. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Welcome to cosplay armour building, grab your mandatory sanding tools.

    The best way to round out sharp edges is with a sander of some sort. For large open areas I use a belt sander, for more difficult to approach sections I use a rotary tool with a flexible shaft attachment. You can also use things like sanding sponges, sandpaper, sanding twigs or in worst case scenario a craft knife to trim down excess.

    Foam Clay is what I think you were talking about for additive smoothing, Foam Putty is also an option for gap filling and surface smoothing. I've only played with a sample pack of Foam Clay so I'm by no means an expert but it's pretty fun. Foam Putty is magic.
     
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  6. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi Well-Known Member

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    Check this videos out. They might help you.

     
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  7. HostileGrady

    HostileGrady New Member

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    Just watched it five minvutes before checking my thread it did help a lot. I think my problem is a combination of not enough taken out of the "V" shape and not enough heat treatment. I'm going to apply this when I get a chance to and hopefully can correct my past mistakes on it to make it a bit better looking. Would you also by chance know a good way to make a visor?
     
  8. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    I like my 4" x 36" belt sander for this. I dont like the foam suits usually have 90* edges on everything. With my sander I can make even bevel edges or radius edges with ease.
     
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  9. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi Well-Known Member

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    Pffft... you and your fancy toys. :cautious::cautious::cautious::cautious:
     
  10. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Wait until the Christmas sales at Home Depot or Canadian Tire and you can pick one up for like $100. Or surf your local Used{city}.ca
     
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  11. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    PaiganBoi It was a bit spendy. $80 I think .I asked it for Christmas last year in anticipation of foam smithing. I sprung for the silicon carbide sanding belts too and I'm glad I did. I love the finish on it. No more dremel sanding and if I cut something crooked I just sand it straight. Oh and it helps cutting two pieces the same size as I can sand them together. It does make a mess though.
     
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