Aluminum foil tape for prop work
Cata: This is a material test for aluminum foil tape. We first learned about it as a prop material from this video by Adam Savage and decided to grab a roll to play with. This is a test of aluminum foil tape directly on craft foam.
There are a few things to keep in mind with foil tape. The first thing is foil tape is very unforgiving; once you set it down, you will not be able to remove it without tearing the tape and possibly ruining whatever you’re placing it own. Foil tape also creases easily and you’ll want to be careful when placing it down (there’s a backing you peel away so you can work a small section at time).
This is a single layer of craft foam, no sealing with Mod Podge/water or anything else. I cut a stripe of tape just a little bit larger than the piece I’m covering; it’s much easier cutting a piece slightly larger and folding the edges over or cutting the excess away. You’ll want to overlap the pieces a bit instead of trying to line them up edge to edge. I imagine with some a harder surface like wood or plastic you’d be able to blend the edges. They also blend pretty well at a distance. This is under indirect lighting.
Same piece under direct lining. You can tell on the right where I tried lining the edges and didn’t get it perfectly. The line on the left is a light overlap of a few millimeters.
You can also heat form the craft foam into curves without stressing the tape. The tape will get hot so you’ll want to be careful, but it’ll hold its shape and not warp. I’ll have to do more tests on other shapes and seeing how it holds up.
Same piece, another angle.
You can also finish it! Because it’s really shiny you’ll want to tone it down. You can sand it, which I’ll have to do more tests on with finger grits. But the left most panel is a layer of satin acrylic finish (krylon) with black acrylic paint drybrushed on top. The center is just satin acrylic finish. The third is nothing. As you can tell from the center panel, even a light coat of satin acrylic coating will take the shine down.
Simulating what the prop would look like at greater distances.
Conclusion: I’m still going to do further testing on it (curves, acrylic paint, spray paint), but this is a material we will definitely consider for future props. Maybe not for full sets of armor (other painting methods or stretch vinyl over foam would be easier and more cost effective), but definitely smaller pieces of armor or weapons.
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small addition: while not changing the colour of their skin in ways that are offensive, such as blackface or yellowface
Or characters that are racist (like the Apache Tracker from WtNV; the creators have also said to not cosplay as that character).
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I want YOUR stories!
"On what?" you may ask. Well, on your experiences with harassment and bullying either in person or online in the nerd/geek/alternative/etc culture - be it cosplay, steampunk, burlesque, etc. I’m looking for personal stories and perspectives from the following:
(Note most of these tend to be women specific but if you are male and any of this has happened to you do not be afraid to submit your story!)
1.) Perceived Attractiveness/Too Mainstream: If you are (commonly female) and perceived as overly sexualized, attractive enough to meet common beauty standards, and have been shamed for wearing sexy attire, participating in activities such as burlesque, and other non-mainstream activities when people feel you belong with the “mainstream”. As such you are told if you get sexually harassed you are asking for it, told that you cannot be bullied because you’re “pretty”, and/or constantly criticized and even tested on your “geek credentials” to prove your worth and belonging to the community.
2.) Size, Shape, and Weight: Are considered overweight and have been lambasted for it, especially in the cosplay community. Called “ham beast”, “land whale”, etc. Told you are not worthy enough because your weight and body structure takes away from the true beauty you possess. Passed over in photo shoots and other activities because of your weight or shape. Publicly humiliated in the community because of your size. Feel a sense of shame and worthlessness and that you can’t possibly be considered worthy or good because of your weight, etc.
3.) Age And Experience: Are young and/or new to fandom and the culture and are therefore inexperienced and bullied because of it. Made fun of for not knowing certain references (especially references older than you are). Treated like lesser than others because you are young or new and not as experienced. Being made fun of in crafting communities such as cosplay, steampunk, etc for not making your own outfits by hand, buying pieces, or making everything but doing it poorly because you lack experience. And if you have been sexually harassed either online or at an event even though you are obviously young.
4.) Being Asian: If you are Asian and have been fetishized or sexually harassed because of your race. Or in general have received any race-related bullying either online or in person because of your nationality. Being made the “token Asian” in a group and expected to know everything about Asian cultures even ones that are not your own. Been told to only dress as or like characters of your own race. Have been othered in the community because of your race.
5.) Being Black: If you are Black and have been bullied and harassed in the community because of your race. Been made the “token Black” in the group and/or a group’s “Black friend” they go to or refer to if something related to racism or black culture pops up. Not fitting in with your own family and culture and being ostracized by them because of your interests. Told you can only dress as or like characters of your own race. Bullied for dressing as or liking characters not of your race, or told “you make such a good ______ for a black person”.
6.) Being LGBT: If you are LGBT/queer and bullied or harassed in the community because of your sexuality or revelation of your true self. If you’ve had to hide your true self in this community despite its bold stating of inclusiveness. If you are trans and have been called various slurs or even a “trap” by others in the community, especially those initially seeking to harass you sexually. If you feel your sexuality is fetishized by fandom in artwork, fan fiction, and cosplay activities and not actually respected. If you have been made fun of in the cosplay, steampunk, burlesque, etc community or told you do not belong for being LGBT.
Up to 5 stories for each category will be posted (if more than 5 are submitted) and will be chosen based on depth and the diverse range of experiences from one person to another in each category. (And if your story winds up not being used don’t take it personally, please. Your experience may happen to be too identical to another or your entry too brief, but that doesn’t mean your experiences don’t matter and I sincerely thank you for sharing them!)
So if you have a story to share, email it to email@example.com with the Subject “Words That Wound Submission - (your category here)”! All stories will be posted Anonymously unless you would like your identity revealed (and please note that in your email).
This is a project I’ve been wanting to put together and means a lot to me and people I’m very close to so I can’t wait to put it out there. If you’ve got something to share don’t be afraid to send it in!
Please send your submissions no later than January 25th! :)
In other news: does anyone have helpful tips on how to make a huge ass weapon but manage to keep it really light? I plan on cosplaying Kouha Ren and am now working on it. First I wanna make then sword, so any helpful tips?
Expanding foam! Kamui Cosplay has a great tutorial on how to make props from expanding foam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O23TM-z0OXk
Another option is pink insulation foam: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=95725
Is there anything I should know about bringing nerf guns into a Con?
I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do, so that the staff doesn’t take my nerf guns away. I know there’s a lot off rules about airsoft guns but do the rules also apply to nerf guns?
It’s a con-by-con basis, but nerf guns are usually allowed provided they can’t shoot. This either means the trigger is zip-tied down so it can’t be used (there’s always a peacebonding station at cons so go there first) or you can open up the gun and strip out the mechanics inside.
If you aren’t planning on using the gun again, stripping out the mechanics is a really great way to cut down the weight. It’s always a good chance to paint inside the gun so when you assemble and paint the outside there isn’t any color showing through. (Thanks to Notfatshepard for the tip!)
Another thing to consider is depending on your area, there are laws against carrying weapons that look realistic (which is why all toy guns and airsoft guns have an orange tip). Don’t cover up the orange tip if you’re going to be carrying the weapon in public or have a bag or something you can carry it in outside of convention grounds. If you’re going to be doing a photoshoot, you can also get some orange duct or electrical tape to put around the tip when you’re walking around then peel the tape off for the shoot.
Hope this helps!