Costume Musings

Interview with Paul (Tearatone) from Cosplay Melee

Episode 6 of Cosplay Melee was the last episode of the season, aptly titled ‘AniMelee’ and featuring some of my favorite work yet! We got a chance to speak with Paul who goes by Tearatone online about his work on the episode, as well as his impressive Dot Hack inspired “Bokkuko” Kabuto.

First of all, congrats on your episode! It was awesome to see an episode that seemed equal parts sewing as crafting, and here at the studio we felt you really nailed the Dot Hack silhouette with your character design – there was no doubt what anime you were from!

Thank you! It was an amazing experience to be able to make an original character from a series I love so much! I’m glad I could create something that everyone got right away.

Did you know you would be the last episode, or was that a secret you found out after all the recording was done?

I didn’t know in what order any of our episodes were going to air. I didn’t find that out until well after filming. Though the narcissistic part of me was kind of thrilled to hear I was in the finale!

Your headpiece was really impressive – the fact you could keep it balanced and still emote down the walkway was just great. How much did it weigh when you were done? Would you approach it differently now, with hindsight?

The headpiece was probably around ten pounds, give or take. Though after wearing it for awhile it felt like much more! It was made mainly of high density mattress foam, which is fairly sturdy but lightweight. If I were to ever remake the piece, I would have implemented a better anchor system, probably using more leather belts! Having just one chin strap seems like a bit of a shortcoming now.

Speaking of different – for your second runway walk, it looked like your beetle bracer came apart much easier in one motion. Did you edit it in some way to achieve that, or was it just the magic of editing and some fast motions to get it to fall that wall?

Ah, that was actually kinda funny! If you notice during my mid build critique with the judges, Leeanna suggested that I use more paint to cover the seam, which was part velcro, part magnet button. This slightly weakened the hold of those materials, which made it pop open much better. A happy accident! Combine that with me now spending more time with my prop and learning just how it functioned, and you get the result on the final runway presentation!

As deceptively ‘simple’ a piece as it is, I think your beetle bracer is my personal favourite prop I got to see made on Cosplay Melee. Do you have any favourite pieces others have made, now that all the episodes are aired? Just cool things that made you go oooh?

Aww, shucks! Glad you like it so much! As for my favorite… that’s a tough one to pick. Though the one that sticks out most in my mind is the gauntlet that Steven made in the War Games episode! That was pretty freakin’ awesome!

It was super interesting to see you use cardboard as a base, cover that in foam, and cover that in Worbla – is that your usual method when you work with Worbla?

It is one of my favorite methods! And come to think of it, one of my main go to’s. It is a cheap, fast, and effective trick to bulk up props or armor. Worbla is a versatile yet thin material, so all it has to do for my builds is encase a structure, then have details worked into it.

Another Worbla question – have you used it for other costumes? What projects are you the most proud of?

I have used it on past costumes, mainly for prop work. But more often than not I find I use it for commissions. My favorite piece to date using Worbla has to be a PipBoy3000 a customer wanted made. Oh! And right now I am currently working on some awesome armor a friend of mine designed… though I need to get some more Worbla before I can continue with it, haha!

Are there any cosplayers who inspire you when you’re working on a project? People who’s work you follow who teach you new things?

Oh, there are definitely inspiring people I follow! Featherweight comes to mind right away. Though the builder I take the most inspiration from has to be Volpin, of Volpin props. As far as cosplayers and prop makers go, the guy has been my hero for the last ten years. He’s so informative and talented! Not to mention he is a fellow Daft Punk fan, I think we won me over with that.

The workshop is right out of most cosplayer’s dreams. If you could have taken one tool home with you, what would it have been?

Tool?… Hmmm. I kind of have all of those tools in my shop, if not available in the shop next to mine. No, instead of any of the tools what I really wanted to take home with me was all that pink insulation foam, mattress foam, and Worbla! I could have been set up for at least the next year! UGHH! I still think back to that, and how hard it was to let it all go. We spent a hectic handful of days in that workroom, but grew accustomed to it and fell in love with it so fast, so leaving behind all of those wonderful materials was sort of painful.

Lastly: What advice would you give anyone who would like to compete in the next season of Cosplay Melee?

My advice to them would be challenge yourself. Don’t play it safe! Use what you know and play to your strengths, but take it to a level you wouldn’t normally attempt. Also, expect to have to adaptable and flexible. Something will go wrong, no matter what you have planned out, but how you make that bump in the road work for you is what will elevate what you are making into so much more than what you thought it could be. Most of all, believe in yourself. I know that sounds corny, but its what kept me so upbeat and chipper. The fact that I was selected to be on Cosplay Melee was already proof that I had something amazing to bring to the table, I just had to keep on trucking until I got there.

You can find more of Paul’s work here on Facebook!

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Interview with Marty (Punko) from Cosplay Melee

Episode 3 of Cosplay Melee featured Angels, Demons, and Wings! We interviewed Marty about her work on the episode and her amazing gilded fallen angel, Numilliel.

First of all, congrats on your episode! It was so awesome to see everything come together – when everyone at the office realized the first challenge was wings, and to be done in 8 hours, we groaned collectively! What was the hardest part of getting things done for the first challenge?
Well, the hardest part for me was the fact that I’d never MADE wings before! Once or twice in the past I’ve made cheap little coat-hanger-and-nylons fairy wings for temporary use. This was my first attempt at actual wings. I was dying of nerves! Plus I had no idea when I tried to design mine that I would have a problem building up a 3D effect for my paper “feathers.” I wanted to mount them over foam at first, but there just wasn’t time to individually do that for each feather.

We loved how you got your wings to move! It was seriously impressive and you had such a great wingspan. How long do you think you were working on the problem before you had your ‘a-ha!’ moment?

AGES. LOL I would have had more armor for my legs and arms if I hadn’t had to go back and work over and over on getting my wings to properly work! It was more of a dozen little mini “aha moments”…from just getting the bare bones to move, to figuring out how to string the bigger feathers together so they would open up with the wings, to putting emergency elastic braces into the wings when they were too heavy to open by themselves at the end. I’m still amazed I managed to get it done at all.

Just how heavy were those wings when you were done, anyway?

I have a nice permanent scar on my shoulder now from wearing them for a few hours during shooting. Let’s just say they were heavy.

You used Worbla for your breastplate, and explained it was for the speed and ease while you were constructing it. Did you end up using Worbla for other parts of the costume, or was it foam? Those shoulder feathers had us intrigued!

I used worbla not only for the breastplate, but for the gauntlet bases to give them shape around my arms. You can’t see it on the inside, but there are bits of worbla in the wings as well, giving strcture underneath where needed. The shoulder feathers are actually craft foam, but I have also made them in worbla and prefer to do it that way sometimes. I think if I’d had more time, this would have been a worbla BEAST, with lots more armor and worbla feathers :3

What other work have you done with Worbla? Do you have a favorite costume you’ve constructed with it?
I like worbla for armor, but I’m also actually using worbla right now to construct a Wreck-It Ralph Sugar Racer go-kart! It’s going to be perfect for the hood, and I’m excited to get my hands on some clear worbla to make the headlights and chair back. Never worked with the clear stuff before but VERY stoked to try it! I hear it’s amazing. I have some plans in mind for clear wings and visors as well, once I get some. Basically I’m going to sell all my possessions and buy a kiddie pool full of worbla and just wiggle around in it while I plan a million new costumes.

We noticed that SyFy doesn’t list anyone’s handles, everyone is going by their real name and none of their website info lists your handles either. I was pretty surprised at that – did they ever explain to you the reasoning why
Not sure, you’d have to ask them. I don’t really have a handle, I just go by Marty, or by Punko on Twitch and some other places, so it didn’t really crease me.

The workshop is out of a cosplayer’s dream: what tool did you get to use for the first time while working there? IS there anything you wish you could take home with you?
If I had a big enough trenchcoat, I woulda smuggled out the whole shop. XD But definitely the big drill press. I’ve used one before on projects and at various jobs, but I don’t have one of my own and MAN was it the best. Glad they didn’t show the clip of me smooching the drill press. That got a little weird.

Did working on Cosplay Melee inspire you to any new or bigger projects? Anything you were scared to try that you want to dive into next?
Oh, TOTALLY. I gained so much confidence from this show! I never knew I could actually use pneumatic stuff until I really tried with that actuator! Now I’m looking into wings, go-karts, you name it! You wouldn’t believe the stuff I have in store. It’s blowing my mind just thinking about it.

Last question: What advice would you give cosplayers who want to participate in next season’s Cosplay Melee?

Just have fun with it! Don’t freak out or start trying to guess what the judges will say while you’re still building. I had fun on the show and didn’t let myself get sick with stress or worry. Just relax and go with your gut instinct. Don’t let the competition get in the way of having fun.

You can find Marty on Facebook and Instagram!

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Interview with Emily (Go Big or Go Home Cosplay)

Cosplay Melee Episode 3 is due to air tonight, and we have an interview with the fantastic Emily of Go Big or Go Home Cosplay from Episode 2, who was awesome enough to share some of her experience of working on the series with us and answer burning questions like was your paint still wet when you donned your costume?

First of all, congrats on your amazing work on Cosplay Meele! It was so much fun watching you put everything together, and we were in love with your giant flail! What was the hardest part of the construction?

Funny story, when I picked the flail from the “Bowl of Scrolls” YNB and I laughed because neither one of use knew what a flail was! They did not include this edit in the final cut. Originally I was going to use green floral foam as a base for a Dire Wolf’s face on my flail. I thought a ball with spikes was too basic. When I started working with the green floral foam it just crumbled in my hands. I knew that it would not withstand adding Worbla on top of it and opted to change my design. I have worked with other types of soft foam in the past, but the material available at the shop was not practical for the technique I was trying to use. Ultimately I feel like the decision to go with a 6 blade design worked in my favor. It was super simple to replicate the same piece 6 times rather than try to make an organic wolfs face. Thankfully I only wasted 45 mins in my crafting time on my original design. They did not show this on the show, but if you keep an eye out on my work bench you can see the start of a wolfs nose and ears on the table. Other than that I think that the hardest part of the construction really comes down to durability. The reason why people use Worbla in the first place is so your props don’t break. I am so thankful that I decided to use this product on the show because it allowed me to make links from my scraps that self adhered to the base of the flail. I knew that their connection would hold as I swung it around on the stage. That flail was not going to break!

You were dual wielding heatguns in your build, which had all of us here cheering. Was that just because you had more tools available, or do you usually pack double the heat?

I knew that I was going to be working with a lot of material in a short amount of time and wanted to utilize my resources as best as possible. I gotta admit, dual wielding heat guns on the show made me feel like a boss. My favorite part is when I hold both heat guns in one hand as I flip my Worbla over to heat the other side! At home I will often use two heat guns at the same time. It helps me heat up larger patterns of Worbla at one time. For example if you are making shin guards you want to use two heat guns because the size of your leg is almost two feet long. Depending on the temperature in your work space your Worbla could get cool. You wouldn’t want this because this could create creases or bubbles on your surface when you go to mold it around your body. Using two heat guns helps prevent these issues from happening and I consider it to be a proactive approach to crafting. Learning how to understand the working time and temperament of any product that you use is important. Just because you are using two heat guns that does not mean that you are increasing how hot you are making the material, rather you are expediting how quickly you evenly heat up the material.

You used Worbla instead of foam or metal for the majority of your build. Why was Worbla your go-to material?

During casting I told myself if I ever got the opportunity to be on the show I needed to stick with what I knew. In this competition you do not want to try something that you’ve never done before. That doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment on some components for your costume. Rather this refers to the base construction of your build. For example, it would not have been smart of me to try my first full EVA build on the show. Trust me, I thought about it. I heard from multiple people that foam is light and fast to work with. I had definitely done my research and understood the fundamentals of foamsmithing, but I had never executed a build entirely made out of foam. It is a completely different form of art, even if it has many similarities to working with Worbla. Some of the main differences that I have learned since filming on the show is that you have to make modifications on your patterns to compensate for the thickness that EVA foam has when compared to normal craft foam. If you do not account for this your pieces could be too small when you go to wrap them around your body. Another main difference is how you prime, seal, and put attachments onto foam directly. I had never done any of this to EVA foam before going on the show. I could have really sabotaged myself. My smartest choice was to use Worbla, and more specifically, Black Worbla. I had worked with it in the past and knew how smooth the surface was compared to normal Worbla. In this competition you have to cut corners. I made the decision to not prime my armor before I painted it. I would normally NEVER do this, but when you only have 2 days to complete a full armor you do what you have to do. Black Worbla was the best choice for this because the surface is so smooth.

The magic of TV editing makes it look like the final bell tolls and you all instantly don your costumes – but paint has to dry and makeup and wigs have to be applied, and somewhere along the way you needed to eat! How long did they give you, between the ‘end’ of your second work day and when you walked on stage. Was some of the paint still wet?

TV time is not real world time. We filmed my episode over the course of a week. We only had three build days, but the other days were filled with travel time, settling into our hotel rooms, wardrobe and tool checks, as well as various interviews. I am from the East Coast so trying to adjust to the West Coast time zone was definitely difficult for me. I was on a three hour time difference, staying up three hours later than I was used to, so really I was going on a six hour time change. We would go onto the set in the early afternoon and not leave until sometimes after 2am. “Lunch” was not served until around 6pm. Talk about weird film time lingo. Going onto set was like being in Vegas. It was daytime when you went in and dark when you left. We never knew what time it was. The food was amazing. Some days the crew had food catered in and it was like eating your families famous recipes. I was really impressed, however that could have been the lack of sleep and stress that made anything taste like Heaven. The breakfast burritos were the BOMB, and I got to try In-and-Out Burger for the first time. We were able to have around 8 hours of sleep time each night, however some people did not sleep due to nerves. Before we went on stage during the first challenge I had just slung blood onto my flail and had to tell the crew to not touch it until the paint dried. As far as the actual time between the end of our second work day and our on stage appearance was probably a couple hours. This was due to us having make up applied and getting dressed.

Speaking of being onstage – your wig and makeup looked great, and they don’t show that process at all! Now in Face Off, the contestants get some costume work done for them and their molds get poured while they’re resting – did SyFy provide you with styled wigs to your directions or help with makeup, or were those all yours just not shown on the final cut?

After we were judged and learned that we needed to modify our characters origin story we were able to have consultations for make-up and wig design. The network had brought in a professional make-up artist to style our wigs and apply our make-ups for our character’s debut. However the overall styling look was based on our creative influence. I wanted to look like I had not had sleep for days, been rolling around in the dirt, and had not showered in weeks. Because I was thirsty for revenge I said that I wanted a huge scar down the middle of my face. I was the first one to give my wig off to the stylist. Going into the second round I knew that I wanted to have braids, beads, and feathers styled into my wig. This was to help portray the more feminine side of Goditha. I think that it turned out great and I’m very pleased with the final look.

References are so important when doing Cosplay work, even just interpretive things! Did they let you google for inspiration, or have references handy to look up? I mean, if I’d been given GoT I would have been completely lost knowing the different families, and staying on theme is so important….

I think that staying on theme is one of the key components to winning Cosplay Melee. On the show you can see how excited I was to find out that our theme was Game of Thrones. I am a huge fan! It was so fun to make up a story background for our characters. I knew going in that I wanted to incorporate Stark influences. Having to make a flail was a complete surprise. I really tried to wing it and make the best prop possible in such a short amount of time. Winning the first challenge was a HUGE advantage. My first spin landed on Dothraki. If I was not able to spin again this could have completely sabotaged me. I knew that it would have been very difficult to change my original design to fit a half naked character who rides on a horse. Thankfully on my second spin I landed on Wildling. I knew that I could work with this and it ended up really elevating my overall character design. I loved working with the rich fabric textiles. On set we did have tablets available to search various reference materials. I think an advantage to being on “Throne Off” was that I knew the background origins of the theme. I tried to stay true to the fandom and show my appreciation for the show in my character. It helps being a fan!

The workroom is just right out of a cosplayer’s dream! What tool do you wish you could have taken back home with you?

The set had an incredible iwata airbrush! Hands down the coolest tool I used on the show. It was my first time really weathering armor using an airbrush technique. It seriously expedited my paint job. It would have taken FOREVER to dry brush that intire costume. I highly recommend cosplayers investing in a high quality gravity feed airbrush gun. It is on my cosplay wish list! It was so fun to use on set.

You’ve used Worbla for many of your own costumes: what is your favorite Worbla project you have done for yourself?

I definitely think that the costume that I am most proud of is my Valkyrie Leona cosplay from League of Legends. It was my first time working with Worbla. I wanted to challenge myself by making an armor from head to toe with a sword and a shield. I learned so much about the temperament of Worbla and how to troubleshoot various issues you have throughout the process of your armor build. It was my first time drafting patters, using the “sandwich technique”, priming with Gesso and woodglue, dry brushing, and sealing with a clear satin lacquer. It was the cornerstone of my armor making hobby. I came up with my cosplay name on this build. I realized that I was addicted. I was bitten by the Worbla bug and never wanted to turn back. It’s Go Big or Go Home.

Lastly, what piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to compete in Cosplay Meele Season 2?

Be prepared for anything. This show will throw you curve balls that you will have to adjust to. Come organized. Have a sound game plan and stick to what you know. Remember to have fun and enjoy the experience. You will meet some pretty amazing crafters and make life long friends. Understand that it is a really long casting process and you will be required to fill out a lot of paperwork for the show. It is the hurry up and wait mentality. You are always on their time. The production team is very nice and go out of their way to accommodate you. Try not to get discouraged when things may not go your way. You may have to work with material that you are not used to using. Be adaptable and use your time wisely. Remember this is friendly competition, don’t be afraid to help one another. Think of it as you are in “con crunch” mode and you all are trying to finish making your costumes in time.

Actually I lied: LASTLY: Who would YOU put on the Iron Throne?

Haha! I think that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen should form a political marriage and rule the Iron Throne together in the final season of Game of Thrones.

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Interview with Jinglebooboo (Jennifer) from Cosplay Melee

Have you been watching Cosplay Melee? We have! While we can’t say the new reality series by SyFy is practically perfect in every way, it is such a huge and positive jump forward for the Cosplay Community as a whole that we’ve been tuning into every episode and cheering all the contestants along!

What is Cosplay Mele? A reality competition show based on cosplay – a mashup of Face Off and Chopped, as a friend has described it. Four contestants per episode have a theme and make a prop or accessory (the first two have been Space Opera Helmets and Game of Thrones Weapons) for the first half of the show. The top three then go on to make a whole costume, and the prize for the winner is $10 000!
(Warning, of course, that there will be some small spoilers in this post!)

One real treat for us has been seeing how much Worbla is ubiquitous throughout the show! That’s not product placement on our part, but rather that the cosplayers polled in advance of the show gave their list of supplies they’d need to have on hand and Worbla was just as expected as foam and glue! So of course, we cheered to see some of the amazing pieces made with Worbla on Cosplay Melee, and reached out to some of the contestants to ask them a bit about being on the show!

First up is Jennifer aka Jinglebooboo, who created a beautifully sleek design that was inspired by the Children of the Forest and House Baratheon.

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Q: Cosplay Melee has proven itself to be a fan favorite with only two episodes. I think we all heaved a sigh of relief when the first episode proved it was going to be a very different show than that Other Cosplay Reality Show that happened. Were you nervous applying for it? Did the interview process give you a sense that it was going to be much more about the creation process and not about drama?
A: When I first heard about the show I was a little bit worried about what kind of light they were going to put me and the cosplay community in. The more I talked to the network and casting agents I become much less worried. They seemed so welcoming and interested in what we cosplayers create and I knew when I went to my first face to face interview that they were planning on a show based on the creation process and I loved that! I completely lost all my fear at that point and never for a second regretted being a contestant.

Q: It’s pretty clear that the contestants know about their themes – no one on your episode was clueless about Game of Thrones (While I would have had to ask “So wait, which ones are which?” when the houses were named.) Did you fill out surveys or were you asked about what media you were comfortable with?
A: They did have us all answer questionnaires on what types of materials we loved and what subject matter we tended to cosplay beforehand. That being said we were unaware of what our subject would officially be until the show. I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan but I had actually not mentioned that beforehand so it was pretty exciting for them to put me onto an episode with something I did not expect in the slightest.

Q: Did they let you keep your project? Or is it on display somewhere with SyFy?
A: We did not get to keep our cosplays afterwards, which is probably a good thing because I would totally wear it everyday XD I am not sure what will happen with them afterwards but I do hope to see it again someday.

Q: What was your favorite part of the workshop? Any tools you wanted to take home?
A: I was so in love with the airbrush. I had used one a long long time ago in high school but never on cosplay armor. It kind of changed my life and even though it was my first time using one (on tv at that ha) it was so easy and made all my worbla pieces look so good. I definitely am getting one now because I can’t stop thinking about how magical they are and keep borrowing my friends.

Q: One part of your episode that made us laugh was the editing around your breastplate. Watching, I knew for a fact you were going to be fine pulling it from your form – were you really worried it might tear? Or is that the magic of editing going on there?
A: I wasn’t too worried but even the tiniest worry probably comes off as fear on tv. I had never put worbla on a mannequin in that fashion before so of course a little bit of the unfamiliar fear kicked in. But with the amount of safety precaution vaseline I used if that breastplate did stick it would of been pretty shocking looking back.

Q: So you used Worbla instead of foam for a lot of your build – why was it your go-to material?
A: I have always been a huge fan of Worbla and have used it on almost all my cosplays. I love that it is sturdy and durable and i love how well it can take curves and fine details. I tried the black worbla for the first time on the show and was in love with how smooth it was post heating and it honestly saved me a lot of time smoothing my pieces in the end.

Q: What Worbla project are you most proud of, that you’ve made in your own time?
A: My favorite Worbla cosplay I made was a character named Cherche from Fire Emblem. I had leg armor, arm armor, a chest plate, hip things, a neck guard, and well, I was pretty much just armored out everywhere.

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Q: And lastly: What suggestions would you give someone who wants to compete in the next series of Cosplay Melee?
A: My suggestion to you is to not hold back and push yourself. I was going to play it really safe on the show but am so proud of myself for pushing my abilities and in the end I am so proud of my cosplay. Never hold back 🙂

Jennifer has created some amazing work, and we have a gallery of some of our favourite images below. Check them out or find her full gallery on Facebook, at Jinglebooboo. Finished costume photos below by JwaiDesignPhotography and WeNeals Photography and Retouching.

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USITT – Let Your Creativity Soar!


Can you get to St Louis? Interested in seeing products for stage and screen, and getting a chance to meet some Worbla Experts and see our products hands on? The USITT Conference and Stage Expo is March 9th – 11th and Cosplaysupplies and Worbla will be there!

From their webpage:

“USITT is the place where theatre and live entertainment production technicians, designers, managers and consultants meet. Where the industry learns about the latest technologies and methods available to them. Where people connect with each other and make a network that last their entire careers.”


What does this mean for you? Well if you’ve wanted a chance to see and handle Worbla products live, we will have examples on display and will be doing live demonstrations for the whole of the show and allowing booth visitors to handle Worbla and see how easy it is to shape and use. If you’ve got a project you’re working on and need some advice, this is a great way to get some troubleshooting done as well!

Interested in attending and seeing us? We have free badges to the show floor we’d love to share! Email me at for more info.

USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City. Photo ©2016 Richard Finkelstein -
Want to learn more about the expo? Take a look at their website here for details, hours, vendor lists and much more!

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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!


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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A New Book Approaches! Advanced Prop Making – Guns & Rifles by Kamui

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Kamui Cosplay has revealed her newest book, and it looks excellent! If you’re looking for some advanced help in making your next gun or rifle – or even just tips and tricks to apply to your Worbla props in general – Advanced Prop Making – Guns & Rifles will help you out!

The sixth in her current lineup of Worbla and Wonderflex Guides, Advanced Prop Making – Guns & Rifles covers the following:

Tools and materials
References and scaling
Printing screenshot patterns
Creating your own blueprints
Working with EVA foam
Working with Worbla
Priming EVA foam

As well as the following extensive work examples:

Borderlands 2 – Miss Moxxi’s Rubi
Overwatch – Symmetra’s Photon Projector
League of Legends – Miss Fortune’s Shock and Awe
Heroes of the Storm – Master Nova’s Rifle

High quality print edition. Soft cover, 48 pages high quality full color print. Perfect as a gift or for browsing while you work!

Available for purchase here!

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Worbla Holiday Sale!

We’re putting our Worbla’s Finest Art and Worbla’s TranspArt on sale for the holidays! Take advantage of the discount and make something awesome – and remember is always looking for new content!

Need some inspiration for your next project? Take a look at these awesome pieces below!

Erza Cosplay used Transpart and Worbla’s Finest Art for her Heavy Luminescence Armor and Sword from Guild Wars 2

And used Finest Art for her beautiful dragons

Team Paraluna used TranspArt and Resin to make ‘glass’ slippers and Calypsen Cosplay used TranspArt to make a glowing rose.

This Monk from Diablo III by Littleblondegoth Cosplay was made using Worbla’s Finest Art

With Worbla the limits are often only your own imagination. You can see hundreds of other examples here!

Happy Holidays!

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All the way to Germany for Worbla!

This past weekend part of the Cosplay Supplies team were lucky enough to take a trip to Frankfurt, Germany – where we got to explore the town, meet some local cosplayers and of course visit the Worbla Factory for a tour!

While of course we can’t share all the details (new things are always being worked on, but the what and when are never finalized until we have something ready to ship) we wanted to give you a bit of an idea of what we did and learned while in Germany!

Frankfurt is a very international town, with everything from local businesses to big chain stores surrounding their tourist areas. It surprised us to realize that even in such a busy city, everything closed early – many shops closing before 8pm, and everything but cafes and restaurants closed on Sunday! One of our favourite stops was to visit the only cosplay shop in Germany, .
They have an excellent selection of Pebeo paints and mediums, as well as an in-house wig brand that comes in colours we’ve never seen before – especially the blue-green petrol mix! It was great to see their Lolita designs in person as well.

Meeting Up and New Information:
We got to hang out with the wonderful Kamui Cosplay and her boyfriend, who took us to eat excellent food and show us what craft and hobby shops in Germany are like. One of the most eye-opening things was the fact that what Kamui calls Wood Glue would be called craft glue or PVA here in North America – so we’ve been using very different products! It makes sense though, considering I’ve found North American Wood Glue cracks and flakes, especially off of Worbla Black. We met up with Boris from Cast4Art to talk about Worbla and KobraCast and all the conventions Cast4Art attends every year. (It’s a LOT!)

We also found out Germany has VERY strict rules regarding photography in public spaces. While you can be a tourist and snap photos as you like, if you want to take photos with a model – like cosplay photography – you need to write to the government and get a permit. There went all my plans for an epic photoshoot down some of the pretty older streets of Germany for sure!

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The Worbla Factory!
Getting a chance to meet the people who process Worbla was a real treat! They have dozens of machines in a huge space and we got a chance to watch how the raw material gets processed all the way to a final sheet of TranspArt – plus, meeting with the people who do Research and Development. I can’t say what’s coming next (of course) but we have some really interesting things in the works I can’t wait to see come together! Want to see something really neat?


This is one of the first runs of Worbla, before it was even Worbla. It’s a lot closer to Wonderflex in texture but in the brown we’re more familiar with.

We also got to see Worbla being die cut, up to 5 layers at a time!

All in all it was an amazing trip and quite the experience. While we really only saw a tiny part of Germany it was still a great chance to meet new people and experience a place that’s different from home – even if they have so many of the things we’re familiar with, like Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Now it’s time to sleep off the jet lag and catch up on everything! Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

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Worbla Black: Everything you need to know (and why it’s awesome!)

It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog post, and part of that has been because we’ve been working hard over the end of summer convention rush. One of the most exciting things to come out of that hard work has been the newest in Worbla’s line of thermoplastics: Worbla’s Black Art, now available for pre-order!

Image from Erza Cosplay

Image from Erza Cosplay

Worbla’s Black Art (WBA, Worbla Black or Black Worbla, depending on naming conventions) takes the aspects of Worbla’s Finest Art (the ‘original’ Worbla, so to speak) and adjusts it specifically with cosplayers and crafters in mind. There are some fantastic benefits – but also some setbacks – to the new material, and I want to give you as FULL a possible breakdown on this new thermoplastic as possible.

So let’s go!

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