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Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
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Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
Motorola Droid
ISO
156
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
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Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
Motorola Droid
ISO
195
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
Motorola Droid
ISO
119
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
Motorola Droid
ISO
199
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
Motorola Droid
ISO
199
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
Motorola Droid
ISO
199
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
iPhone 3GS
ISO
320
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
3mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
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Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
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250
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f/2.8
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1/15th
Focal Length
3mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
iPhone 3GS
ISO
400
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
3mm
Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go. I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.
[[MORE]]

Here we go!KobraCast part 1I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast. It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.
Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something. Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.
Zoom Info
Camera
iPhone 3GS
ISO
320
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
3mm

Here are my first impressions on using KobraCast! What is KobraCast? It is a flexible, knitted polyester fabric combined with a thermoplastic, that is really useful for molding pieces for costuming! I had wanted to try something like this for armored pieces, but all thermoplastic is expensive. However, someone was kind enough to donate money using the paypal button on my tumblr, and I also found a coupon for it so I gave it a go.
I noticed that there were no tutorials in English for KobraCast, so I promised I would at least share my experience, but I want to note that this is NOT a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing. Lol.

NOT A TUTORIAL OK. Just be glad I didn’t light anything on fire.

Here we go!

KobraCast part 1

I am making a very basic breastplate that can be used for lots of
fun fantasy costumes. The paint job and customization will really define it. The first thing I did was cover a bra in brown fabric close to my skin tone so that if any of the bra is showing in the final costume, it won’t stand out too much. No sewing involved, just fabric glue. I then traced out the shape I wanted the armor to have on paper and craft foam. Behind the bra is 1 yard of KobraCast.


It is very stiff upon arrival, looks kind of like buckram. It was hard to tell which side was meant to be the ‘front’ but by the time you’re done with your project neither side should be visible anyway?

The good news is that you can use regular scissors to cut KobraCast. I had no problems tracing my boob plates & cutting them out. I then moved over to the Pedastal of Craftyness™ (it is everything-proof and blessed by Athena and Hephaestus) and fired up the heat gun. Low heat is all that is necessary to craft wih this material, you REALLY only need a hair dryer. High heat on KobraCast will burn it. I found out the hard way. Do not do this. Use only low heat. Do not use high heat. IT CAN BURN.



As you can see, the material gets shiny as it gets hot. It said on
the website that it does not stick to skin. Lies. It does, but not in a permanent or annoying way. It’s less sticky than a bandaid, but more sticky than dollar store brand tape. Or maybe it is only sticky when it’s too hot. I definitely heated it past the recommended temperature. At low heat it was malleable but not sticky. Anyway I put the bra on and as soon as the boob plate was warm and malleable, pressed it against the bra to shape it. No discomfort or anything, I didn’t have to get the material very hot at all for it to work.

Once it cooled off, it was very stiff again. It cooled quickly (maybe because my house is freezing). You can reheat it and reshape it any number of times with no ill effects. I had to reheat it a few times to get the shape exactly right. It’s going to fit me like a glove and I’m really excited about that part.

There are no photos of me actually doing this because 1. I needed a mirror and the only one is all the way upstairs 2. The last time I took a selfie for cosplay WIP purposes in the mirror the doggone phone fell & broke 3. I needed both hands for shaping and this all just sounded like a recipe for disaster AGAIN.


So! first plate down, on to the second, and the little decorative piece in the middle. Decided not to do the deedlyboppers because they looked silly. Note the burn marks on the right boob. TOLD YOU.


Anyway you can practically see right through my armor at this point. KobraCast is extremely porous. In order to paint it, this needs to be sealed alll the way up so there are no holes or anything. In comes the gesso. Gesso is a thick acrylic primer that seals and provides a great surface for painting. There are probably other things that work well with KobraCast, I used gesso because 1. it’s cheap and 2. I already had a bottle of it. Lol.

It takes forever to dry. 1 layer was not enough. 2 layers was not enough. In the final photo there are 3 layers of gesso and you can’t see through the armor anymore, but I will probably add one more layer just to be safe. It’s still not quite smooth as you can see, so I may be using an extremely fine sandpaper on it or something.

Part 2 is here. Finally finished this project lol.

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