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Cosplay armor with Worbla by Electric Alivia


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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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Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer 2014 Trend Report

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS’ mega trend for Spring/Summer 2014 has been identified as ‘The Female Shift’. Today’s woman defies labels and definitions. She is multifaceted, assuming many roles across science and literature, politics and economics. For this reason, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS’ inspirations and innovations for Spring/Summer 2014 are a tribute to the many facets of modern woman, celebrating her in all her guises.

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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.

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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Let’s take a closer look at my favorite colour trend, Force of Nature.

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Inspiration

Ornamented, sophisticated surfaces and multicolored crystals are found in abundance.

Stylized geometric flowers are mixed together with crystal and patterns to create a modern form of art.

Crystal is intertwined and wrapped to create striking statement pieces.

Delicate florals burst forth from vibrant backgrounds.

Crystal shimmers and shines in figurative formats, offering a glimpse into a garden of secret delights.

Motif-driven transfers appear at first naive, but are blended together to create sophisticated and subtle patterns.

Combination of small and medium crystals showcase intricate designs.

 

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

 

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More tests with Worbla

As many people have never worked with thermoplastics, it can be a bit intimidating to figure out how you could use these products.  So here we have some examples to show the basics of using Worbla.

In this post we are not working on any particular craft piece, we’re just showing how the material responds in basic situations.
Here’s another demo of basic functions you can do with Worbla. Today we’re making a mask with some cutout details and edging.

Forming

First, we set the styrofoam wig head in a box for stability so it wouldn’t roll around while we worked.
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Then we applied a piece of aluminum foil to the wig head, to keep the Worbla from sticking to the foam.
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Heated for a few seconds with a heat gun (or a bit longer with a hairdryer), the Worbla can be easily shaped into a mask. To cool and harden it faster, we used a sponge dipped in cold water.
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Cutting

We then shaped the corners using normal scissors.
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You can easily poke a hole for elastic or string using a hot soldering iron or woodburning tool.
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Cutouts

We used the soldering tool to first mark the eyeholes, then dragging the tool to melt the eyehole lines. (If you wish, the edges can be further cleaned up by using small sculpting tools while the Worbla is hot.)
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Here we marked an eyebrow line and cut a slit in the Worbla using the soldering iron tip.
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Edging

Now we’ve taken all our scraps, and we’ll be heating them and using them as putty.
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Heated, the scraps can be rolled into a ‘noodle’ to use as edging or details.
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You can see more information here: Worbla.

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Worbla Tests

As many people have never worked with thermoplastics, it can be a bit intimidating to figure out how you could use these products.  So here we have some examples to show the basics of using Worbla.

 In this post we are not working on any particular craft piece, we’re just showing how the material responds in basic situations.

To fold, crease and cut:

When cutting large pieces it’s very easy to fold the material, mark the crease and cut on the line using regular craft scissors.


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You can also mark the cutting line using a ruler and pencil instead of folding first.

Heating:

Worbla responds to heat and becomes very flexible. Here we show the initial stiffness of the thermoplastic, and how it changes after a few seconds of heating with a heat gun.


Once the piece cools down and hardens, we can turn it around and heat it again to flatten it out.

 

A regular hair dryer can activate Worbla too; it just takes a little longer to heat the Worbla.

Basic shaping:

Here we see how Worbla can stretch to take a convex shape.  While hot, it can be molded over objects or pressed into a concave mold.

Once it cools, it hardens and keeps the shape:

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If we don’t like the shape, we can reheat it to flatten it again:

 

Here it is after it cools down:

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Folding and layering:

The material sticks to itself when hot, which is very useful if a thicker and stronger piece is needed:  Just heat and press a few layers together to create a stronger sheet.  This is recommended if you’ll be stretching the Worbla over a larger domed surface, as stretching a lot will thin the Worbla.


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Embossing:

Here we see how easy is to emboss Worbla once it’s hot:

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We hope these notes are useful. We’ll be trying new techniques soon, so stay tuned!

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Worbla thermoplastic

Introducing Worbla’s Finest Art – the thermoplastic and modelling material!

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worbla and wonderflex being formed into armor by cosplayer Kamui. www.kamui.com

How to use Worbla modelling material:

Use hot air, water or steam (min 90°C) to bring this plastic to the shape you want to. The material is alterable by heat anytime so you can start a project, let it cool, and then continue working on it by reheating it later.

The scraps of worbla can be blended to 100%, so almost no waste at all incurs.
These leftovers can be molded just like putty or almond paste.
It hardens very fast, is manually grindable and because of the extra glue on the shiny side, it is very easy to attach the several layers.
Hence you can decide to work with more layers right from the beginning or to line thin parts plus e.g. ornaments can be attached easy as pie.

Almost everything is possible with this material for creative people.
Detailed surfaces & masks, armor and ornaments, replicas of blades or gems plus even costume jewellery, figurines as well as all kind of decorations.

You can varnish Worbla’s Finest Art with all kind of effect spray-paints and acrylics. Therefore, a plastic primer or other base coats can be useful!

Both Wonderflex and Worbla are available at www.cosplaysupplies.com

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