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Introducing Sintra!

Introducing another cool thermoplastic, Sintra! It’s a foamed styrene plastic sheet that comes in a variety of thicknesses. It’s traditionally used for commercial signs, but costumers have discovered that it’s also great for making props and armour!

Volpin Props created this gun and used Sintra for the curved purple plates.

How to use Sintra

Like other thermoplastics, we recommend making a mockup out of cardboard or craft foam.

Sintra can be beveled or layered, and with heat it can be stretched or bent. It becomes flexible at 200-275 F and is best heated in boiling water or in an oven; a heat gun can be used for spot heating of certain areas. When heated, like many plastics, Sintra gives off toxic fumes – so please make sure you use adequate ventilation and don’t boil it in a pot that will be used for food.

IceTyrant from the RPF forums documented his Dark Knight build here.

 

For cutting Sintra, you need to use a sharp knife or box cutter, or a saw. To use a knife, score your cutting lines, and then bend gently to crease the back side; then turn over and score the other side carefully. You can then carefully snap along your scoring lines. The hard plastic coating can shatter if you don’t score the cutting lines adequately, or if you use a shearing cutter like scissors.

Sintra pieces can be fused using superglue, and smoothed with sandpaper. You can also use additional sculpting materials such as epoxy putty or Bondo to add details and further smooth angles.

IceTyrant’s Sintra Iron Man helmet, covered in Milliput and sanded. Build info on RPF’s forums here.

To paint, use plastic paints such as Krylon Fusion.

FOA Cosplay made this amazing World of Warcraft Paladin with Sintra.

 

How does it compare to other thermoplastics?

Sintra is thicker than the other thermoplastics we offer, so it can be great for quick buildup of dimension, and like our other styrene sheets, it has a smooth surface that doesn’t need much finishing. It is best for flat layering, beveled angling or for gentle curves; it doesn’t handle complex or compound curves as well as Worbla or Wonderflex and can wrinkle if bent/stretched excessively when heated.

Sintra cannot be vacuuformed; for vacuuforming we recommend the flat/solid styrene.

 

Here are some great tutorials to get you inspired!

http://www.foayasha.com/foacosplay/tutorials/001_Sint01.html

http://www.therpf.com/f24/wip-iron-variant-cosplay-super-pic-heavy-sintra-182204/

http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2014/04/04/using-sintra-to-make-a-death-scythe-from-soul-eater/

https://www.facebook.com/jiajiacosplay/posts/152551688215152

http://volpinprops.blogspot.ca/2012/02/clares-armor-claymore.html

http://deepdivecosplay.com/Construct/sintra.html
Where to buy?

You can find our Sintra category here, and each size has its own page: 2mm, 3mm, 6mm.

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Thermoplastics panel at Costume-Con 32

We are happy to invite all to our Thermoplastics panel at Costume-Con 32.

It will be held on Saturday April 26 at 12PM.

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We will talk about Wonderflex, Worbla, Fosshape, Kobracast and Friendly Plastic.

Free product samples will be available.

See you there!

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Patternmaking for Worbla Armour

Wondering how to make a custom pattern for your own body?

519 geeks is putting up a great tutorial on creating patterns for Worbla armour!  They show how they made a gorgeous steampunk corset/vest. Some highlights from the first part:

Wrapping the model in plastic film:

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Covering the plastic film with painter’s tape:

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Marking out the seamlines onto the tape and then cutting it  into a pattern:

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Using the pattern to cut out the Worbla:

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A teaser of the finished product, demonstrating how the pattern was designed:

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The full tutorial (part 2 coming soon) can be seen here.

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Flat leather is here!

Cool strips of leather on a roll, perfect for bracelets, necklaces and other craft projects.

In a variety of colours, plain or faux snakeskin!  We also have findings and accessories for the leather strips.

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Get Kamui’s book for free

Are you checking your list and looking for gifts for your friends?

Well… then we have a gift for you!

When you buy a Gift Certificate (min $100) or 2 Jumbo sheets of Wonderflex or Worbla, we’ll give you Kamui’s “The Book of Cosplay Armor Making” for free!

 

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This is how it works:

  1.  Place an order for qualifying items
  2.  Enter the code *book* (including asterisks)  in the comments section of the order form during checkout
  3.  You will receive an email with download instructions
  4.  Download the file and save it carefully (link is only available once per order)

This amazing book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Cosplay, Armor Making and Thermoplastics.

Gift Certificates have NO expiry date, can be forwarded to anyone, and can be used towards any product in our site.

 

 

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KobraCast Art is here!

We have a big announcement!

Cosplaysupplies.com was the first to bring Worbla to North America, and after its incredible success we’re now very excited to offer KobraCast Art, another awesome thermoplastic from Germany.  A heat-formable plastic fabric mesh that doesn’t stick to skin, it started out as a new substitute for plaster bandages, but its uses go far beyond that and it’s great for crafting, propmaking and cosplay!

  • Completely skin-safe.
  • Easy to model, shows fine details and relief contours.
  • You only need a cutting tool and something to warm up the material (such as a pot with a temperature gauge or a hair dryer), a towel, and if desired a tool to work the surface of the material.
  • The surface of KOBRACAST® Art is suitable for commonly used paints and lacquers.

To celebrate this new product, we’re offering two special discount coupons!

 

First, we have a Combo Discount for $10 off when you purchase KobraCast with any other thermoplastic, like Worbla, Wonderflex, Friendly Plastic or Fosshape.

 

Second, we are offering $5 off orders for Jumbo Worbla sheets as part of our celebration!  These discounts won’t last, so take advantage while you can!

To use these coupons, simply add them to your shopping cart.

For more information on KobraCast Art, please visit  www.kobra-cast.com

Here you can add it to your shopping cart.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Tutorial: Drops of Love bracelet

by Fernando DaSilva

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Drops of Love features this gorgeous drop from Swarovski Elements.

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Materials:

12 ruby SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS flat drops

12 antique silver vine briolette bails by TC

6 bright rhodium 10mm TC rivet beads

12 bright rhodium  TC bead caps

15 bright rhodium 10mm TC classic bead caps

7 antique copper  TC spacers

12 non-tarnish 5.9mm silver Artistic Wire jump rings

1 sterling silver snake chain

1 sterling silver “LOVE” pendant

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Tools:

Flat Nose Plier

Instructions:

 1. Carefully insert one antique silver bail around a crystal drop. Use flat nose pliers to gently squeeze bail inside of crystal holes. Repeat this step with all the crystal drops and bails and set them aside.

 2. Open a jump ring and insert into loop of bail, made on previous step, then close jump ring. Repeat one jump ring to each crystal pendant and set aside.

 3. Unscrew the end of snake chain, then string beads on in the following pattern:

 1 rhodium bead cap + 1 rhodium rivet bead + one rhodium rivet bead  + 1 crystal drop from step 2 + 1 classic bead cap + 1 copper spacer+ 1 classic bead cap + 1 crystal drop + 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 rhodium rivet bead  + 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 crystal drop + 1 classic bead  cap + 1 copper spacer + 1 classic bead cap + 1 crystal drop + 1 classic bead cap + 1 copper spacer + 1 classic bead cap + 1 crystal drop +1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 rhodium rivet bead + 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 crystal drop.

 Repeat this pattern in reverse to complete the bracelet.

 4. Open a jump ring and insert the “love” pendant through the loop of the “l” letter and then slide onto the snake chain, followed by a classic bead cap with the opening towards the end of chain.

5. Screw the end of snake chain back in place.

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Cutting, folding and fusing Worbla with a Hot Knife

In this time-lapsed video we show how easy it is to cut Worbla with the sharp edge of a hot knife, how to fold worbla using the dull edge, and how to fuse worbla joints with the side of the blade.

(Recording was sped-up 8 times)

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Cosplay armor with Worbla by Electric Alivia


Cosplay armor with Worbla by *Electricalivia on deviantART

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