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TUTORIAL: Armor using Crayola Model Magic by Xero-Cosplay TUTORIAL: Armor using Crayola Model Magic by Xero-Cosplay
My first tutorial. Let me know if you have any suggestions for more.
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twizlerway Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What was the cost of making this?
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The pauldrons cost about $25 to make. A 2lb bucket of Model Magic will run between $16-$20, 3 different kinds of craft paint (about $1.25 each), and sandpaper ($1.50 at the dollar store).
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Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I have another question. The piece I'm creating is actually just a leather bracer being modified with Model Magic to create an armour plate for the arm and I've just thought; would I have to cover the entire thing with the Model Magic or would it stick to the the bracer as it dries? Also, would I need to create an under-structure for this like you did in this tutorial?
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Model Magic will not stick to anything on it's own. Once it's dry, I've had success attaching it to other objects using a generous amount of hot glue or superglue. But note, if the piece is bumped hard enough, the clay that has the glue attached to it will break away from the rest of the piece.

If you are adding details to a bracer, I would add a thin layer of thermo-plastic (or similar) to the inside for stability. It will keep the piece from bending and cracking, and that will also keep it from breaking away from the bracer.
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Elentari-Liv Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Great tutorial!  I've working with this stuff alot, but I never thought of using it for armor!  It's awesome that you can sand it!
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) A lot of people think it can't be sanded, but it just take super fine paper and some patience. It's worth the effort!
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Elentari-Liv Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Cool!  Thanks for the info! :)
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Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! I never even knew this stuff existed! Fantastic tutorial! I'm trying to make a piece of forearm armor for a cosplay and this has helped a lot! Thanks for sharing!
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome, I'm so glad to hear it helped! :D I'd love to see photos when you're done! :)
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Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay, I'll be sure to upload some!  :3
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Kundaba Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Def gon use this as a reference :3
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88Black-Rose88 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Do you think it would be possible to make gauntlets using this method?
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Zefie-13 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
How did you get the final image around your neck without breaking it? I'm thinking of making a breast plate out of crayola model magic, and would love your advice!
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The collar was pretty thick due to all of the details so it was able to flex slightly when I put it on. Not very much, but just enough to get it around my neck. If you make it thick, and are extremely careful with it, it may be possible to make a chest piece out of it.

I just linked this above, but this cosplay's armor set might also be relevant to your interests - forums.henshinjustice.com/show…
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Illusiondragonslayer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is this suitable for a whole armour set or just the parts where it's less likely to be moved and touched? :D loved the tutorials by the way, helped tons~
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So sorry for the incredibly late reply; I fell off the internet for a while. I would not recommend Model Magic for an entire armor set, although I've seen it done. Some people coat the piece with resin to give it strength since even thick pieces can be subject to cracking. This could be an option if you'd like to go that route. Otherwise, be very careful with how it's worn and stored.

Super glad the tutorial was helpful to you! :D

Just found the cosplay I was thinking of- this girl made Priss from Bubblegum Crisis completely out of Model Magic:
forums.henshinjustice.com/show…
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Illusiondragonslayer Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the reply!:happybounce:  This is my first time making a full set of armor as i have only made chest plates and head pieces before so this was a lot of help because i cant afford things like worbla:happy: Thanks!!
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SubRosa-undertherose Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used to use model magic a lot when I was first starting, but I always had issues with broken props, It's been a few years and I'm starting to rethink my model magic ban. I wonder, though, if anyone has come up with a solution to how fragile it is...
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Nalusa Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is really fantastic, it never occurred to me to use modeling clay before. 
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So I've made armor and props with crayola before, but is there anything you can do to prevent it from falling apart when wet or sweaty? I even put on paint/primer and it didn't last. 
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an excellent question. I've never tried re-wetting model magic after it's fully dry, but considering how fragile it is, I'm not surprised it would fall apart. I know Akuriko (akuriko.deviantart.com/) created her armor for Zelda out of model magic and then covered it with resin. While I haven't tried it myself, it could be a great way to reinforce it and seal it from moisture.
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've worked with resin, so maybe I'll have to give that a try. I love y our stuff, and her stuff too! Thanks for the response. <3
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the kind words. :) Feel free to contact me anytime you have questions.
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EmpressMitsuru Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
GREAT JOB! :) I've been wanting to do a chase plate for an Asuka cosplay :) . I have cute accessories from www.cosplaysushi.com that'll suite the creative reveal. 
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mnikk123 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Photographer
For your last photo, I would love to see how you make the shape of the armor close fitting like that, I am working on my cosplay of Vayne from league and this is just a wonderful tutorial! I am doing her aristocrat skin.
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Razvan-Sedekiah Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OooO! interesting! I dream of doing a Valkyrie profile cosplay someday! This is very useful, thanks for posting!
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! And you're very welcome! :)
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Look-Its-Nichole Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
You mention you can "seal" it with glue. How would you go about that?  Also, what kind of glue?
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I use white school glue ("Elmer's glue"), just the cheap stuff they sell at most stores for kid's crafts. I brush it on the Model Magic straight from the bottle. If it's too thick or sticky, I'll pour some of the glue into a cup and thin it with water. I usually use 2 parts glue to 1 part water if this happens. The model magic will dry the same, it just might need an extra coat since the first coat was thinner.
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Look-Its-Nichole Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Okay thank you!
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NekoFlameAlchemist Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is a fantastic tutorial! :+fav:
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! :)
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NekoFlameAlchemist Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
You're very welcome ^^
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SheenaDemonAngel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Did you leave the understructure in place and just completely cover it with the model magic? I know you did with the smaller pieces, but I couldn't quite tell if you did that with the larger piece or not.
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For the larger pieces, I took the understructure out because it was thick enough to hold it's form. I also found that if I didn't take it out, the cardboard would absorb the moisture and cause the MM underneath to stay wet longer. With the outside drying faster than the inside, large cracks would appear all over the piece. Although if some cracks occur, it's possible to fill them in with more MM once the rest of the piece is thoroughly dry.
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Captain-Alice Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so amazing and helpful, thank you for this!
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douzocosplay Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
gosh you're so talented!!!! Always amazed by your work <3
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BlastFlame Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great!
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heartlockett Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely AMAZING
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RenKairui85 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is brilliant. I need to try this out. Thanks for sharing, I might actually pull off a decent cosplay now. lol :D
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I made this tutorial because Model Magic is so hard to work with. If you need any advice, just let me know- I'm always happy to help! :)
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Kizziesama Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is just... super handy! Thank you so much for sharing! This would be a great way for me to learn how to make armored costumes :D
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :) Model Magic is tough to work with so I thought this would make it less intimidating to people. Just like any building material, it has it's limitations and advantages. If you have any questions, just let me know! :)
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Kizziesama Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Absolutely! It seemed like a more viable option for me than Worbla (I just don't have the proper space or supplies to work with it), and while I have some craft foam, it just doesn't seem sturdy enough for busier cons and tournaments :)
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a smaller townhouse so I know what it's like to be limited on space while trying not to destroy counter tops, sinks, etc., lol. I got to work with Worbla with my latest project and found it to be a lot cleaner to work with than other building materials. Once I get settled again, I'm going to make tutorial demonstrating some shortcuts I came up while using it. I don't it will replace Model Magic for all applications but it does have some serious potential.
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Kizziesama Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Yeah, I'm in a one bedroom apartment as it is :XD: I'm sure my husband wouldn't be too thrilled of the entire place becoming a work zone. He already lost the coffee table and living room area :D I look forward to seeing a Worbla tut. Should be nice to see how it works once I can afford it!
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LadyAltara Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Great tutorial! It's always nice to have many methods for making armor pieces :)
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! I completely agree with you- every costume is different so having an array of methods is great when trying to find one that works. :)
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Pete-Mitchell Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This will be of massive help for a cosplay I'm planning next year. Many thanks for posting this, it was really helpful :)
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, wonderful to hear! :D I'll be posting more tutorials in the future.
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