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Heat Resistant Gloves – The Search is Over!

Cosplay Supplies is excited to announce a new product coming soon – Heat-Resistant Gloves for working with thermoplastics!

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Plenty of people who teach or write about working with plastics like Worbla mention that you ‘get used’ to the higher temperature on your fingers (even me!) – and plenty of us use sculpting tools to help with fiddley bits or when things are too hot. One trick I always suggest is to dip your fingers/hands in room-temperature water to make working with hot Worbla easier, but sometimes you need things to be hotter than you can handle, or you have extra sensitive hands that just won’t ever be comfortable handling hot plastic – and of course, TranspArt, Worbla’s clear thermoplastic, requires an activation temperature that is too hot to handle – so you either have to activate it and let it cool to touch, use tools or water, or – as we suggest – use gloves.

The Problem:

Finding the right sort of gloves to use with Worbla can be tricky! Most work gloves have seam lines, fabric textures, or raised stitching – all things that can transfer onto your project. They can also be bulky and uncomfortable, and difficult to find in your size. Full leather gloves are often what people settle for – but the cost can be too high for something you plan to use in your workshop, and they can be difficult to find in the summer – or if you live somewhere where Winter Happens to Other People.

The Solution:

We’ve sourced Heat-Resistant Gloves that are thin enough you can still work with fine detail – even rolling Worbla ‘noodles’ – that are also completely smooth from palm to fingertip – no rough bumps or seams to get in the way of your smooth finish. The material is a bit like neoprene – enough to let you grip things without having a noticeable surface. All the while providing a great barrier for your hands against the heat!

Exclusive Launch at Anime North!

These gloves will soon be available online – but we’re doing an exclusive launch next weekend at Anime North! If you’re attending, drop by the Cosplay Supplies Booth in the Dealers Hall (V1) and you can buy a pair for yourself – or if you buy TWO Jumbo Worbla of any type, you’ll get a pair of gloves for FREE!

Great for most things but…

These gloves have been tested and work well with Worbla’s Finest Art, TranspArt, and Black Art, as well as Fosshape thick and thin, Sintra, Styrene, PETG and EVA foam. These gloves do NOT play well with Wonderflex, as the glue in Wonderflex just sticks to the gloves instead, and likewise are not recommended for Worbla’s Deco Art/Friendly Plastic/Polymorph as again, the plastic just sticks TO the gloves.

While these gloves are heat-resistant, they will not make you invulnerable. Please always use your heat tools responsibly and work in clear space to prevent injury.

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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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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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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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Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer 2014 Trend Report – Part 4

Recently we have learned more about the trends predicted by Swarovski for the upcoming year.

Looking ahead to Spring/Summer 2014, four themes emerge:

MINIMALIST REFINEMENT (Classic) is defined by sculptural silhouettes trimmed with crystal in monochrome shades, including the new Light Silk. (see post here)

The earthiness of FORCE OF NATURE (Romantic) is captured in vibrant, organic fabrics, using colors such as new Crystal Rose Gold. (see post here)

POETIC RADIANCE (Progressive) radiates adventure, technology, and poetry in high-tech metallic and pearly synthetics.

MYTHICAL ALLURE (Glamour) exudes ethereal beauty in sensual, opulent materials. (see post here)

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POETIC RADIANCE (Progressive) radiates adventure, technology, and poetry in high-tech metallic and pearly synthetics.

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The sharply angular mixes with organic, producing a highly stylized yet immediately approachable design element.

Interlocking shapes create futuristic patterns on accessories and fashion designs.

Shape morph and blend with each other, blurring the boundaries of the usual – turning the everyday into the extraordinary.

I hope this inspires you in your crafting endeavours!  You can see our entire line of Swarovski crystals here.

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Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer 2014 Trend Report – Part 3

Recently we have learned more about the trends predicted by Swarovski for the upcoming year.

Looking ahead to Spring/Summer 2014, four themes emerge:

MINIMALIST REFINEMENT (Classic) is defined by sculptural silhouettes trimmed with crystal in monochrome shades, including the new Light Silk. (see post here)

The earthiness of FORCE OF NATURE (Romantic) is captured in vibrant, organic fabrics, using colors such as new Crystal Rose Gold. (see post here)

POETIC RADIANCE (Progressive) radiates adventure, technology, and poetry in high-tech metallic and pearly synthetics.

MYTHICAL ALLURE (Glamour) exudes ethereal beauty in sensual, opulent materials.

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Here is a closer look at the MYTHICAL ALLURE flags in the John Bead Swarovski Cafe.

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Tear drop shapes conjure up images of water droplets – fluid and random.

Classic yet elegant cuts and shapes combine to highlight a new form of glamour.

Smaller elements and wave motifs are woven into netting to offer aquatic inspiration.

Iridescent blue tones are offset by golden pearl tones to offer a modern mineral story.

Natural shapes help to create an outdoor oceanic feel.

I hope this inspires you in your crafting endeavours!  You can see our entire line of Swarovski crystals here.

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Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer 2014 Trend Report – Part 2

Recently we have learned more about the trends predicted by Swarovski for the upcoming year.

Looking ahead to Spring/Summer 2014, four themes emerge:

MINIMALIST REFINEMENT (Classic) is defined by sculptural silhouettes trimmed with crystal in monochrome shades, including the new Light Silk.

The earthiness of FORCE OF NATURE (Romantic) is captured in vibrant, organic fabrics, using colors such as new Crystal Rose Gold.  (Shown in our previous blog post)

POETIC RADIANCE (Progressive) radiates adventure, technology, and poetry in high-tech metallic and pearly synthetics.

MYTHICAL ALLURE (Glamour) exudes ethereal beauty in sensual, opulent materials.

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Here is a closer look at the MINIMALIST REFINEMENT theme.

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Crystal is integrated into graphic prints to create sharp 3D architectural effects.

Shapes are stripped down and distilled to their basic elements with crystal adding interest as refined borders or edge detailing.

Strong silhouettes, with an exaggerated sculptural shape, are kept modern with tone-on-tone crystal patterning.

Crystal is used in geometric and interlocking forms.

New materials combined with crystal to create a new breed of streamlined designs.

I hope this inspires you in your crafting endeavours!  You can see our entire line of Swarovski crystals here.

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