HOW TO USE:
In cosplay or costume building 2mm EVA Foam is usually used for adding 3D details, by cutting out the patterns and glueing them on. Or sandwiched between Worbla or Thibra to build complete costumes or props with. The sandwich method can be accomplished by going through the following steps:
- First create a pattern from your body with ducttape or paper masking tape or use a pre-existing pattern.
- Trace the pattern on to a piece of thin EVA Foam (usually about 3mm thick) and cut the pattern out of the EVA Foam.
- Put your cut out EVA Foam on the sheet of Worbla or Thibra and trace it, but make sure your Worbla or Thibra is about 1 cm bigger all around than your EVA Foam pattern.
- Repeat step 3, because you need 2 layers of Worbla or Thibra to sandwich your EVA Foam pattern in.
- Now that all the patterns are ready to go you can heat up 1 of your 2 Worbla or Thibra patterns, we advise using a heatgun for this.
- When the Worbla or Thibra has been heated enough, put the EVA foam on the heated Worbla or Thibra.
- Heat up your second piece of Worbla or Thibra and put it on top of your pre-heated Worbla or Thibra and EVA Foam, creating a Worbla or Thibra sandwich with the EVA Foam in between.
- Use your hands to press the Worbla or Thibra together and shape it to your liking, but be careful because the Worbla or Thibra should still be hot.
- While it is still hot, you can cut off the excess Worbla or Thibra from the EVA Foam pattern by using scissors.
- Voila, you now have created your first Worbla or Thibra sandwich and you are ready to take on the world!
- Keep repeating the upper steps untill you have build your entire cosplay armor or prop.
There is also an alternative to the sandwiching method, which is called the folding method. The biggest benefits of using the folding method are savings in materials and weight, because you only need 1 layer of Worbla instead of 2 layers. The biggest difference is that at step 3 you need to make sure your Worbla is about 3-4cm bigger than your EVA foam pattern, because you will be folding these edges around your EVA foam pattern to the back.
Painting for Worbla or Thibra builds
After you are finished with building your cosplay armor piece or prop, you can directly start painting on it with Acrylic paint. But for the best results we always recommend priming (and sanding if needed) the Worbla or Thibra piece first. All of our primers are suitable for using directly on to Worbla or Thibra.
Painting for foams builds
After you are finished with building your EVA Foam cosplay armor piece or prop, you always need to seal and prime EVA Foam before painting it. This can be done with the heatsealing technique or by directly priming and sealing it on one go with our QuickSpray Primer. If you prefer heatsealing, any of our primers can be used after heatsealing the EVA Foam. After the priming is finished you can start painting your EVA Foam build with Acrylic paint.
ABOUT EVA FOAM
The letters in EVA Foam stand for Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate. EVA is one of the materials popularly known as expanded rubber or foam rubber. Besides building costumes and props EVA foam is also used as padding in equipment for various sports such as ski boots, bicycle saddles, hockey pads, boxing and mixed-martial-arts gloves and helmets, wakeboard boots, waterski boots, fishing rods and fishing-reel handles. In most cases EVA Foam is typically used as a shock absorber but in the creative industry it is used for building the most amazing armors and props.