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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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:iconnalusa:
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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Pete-Mitchell Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh awesome! I look forward to reading them :)
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Mykaios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Blah, thought I commented ages ago: How do you prevent MM from cracking o_O something I sculpted dried with a bunch of cracks...do I just go back and fill it in?
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you can fill in the cracks with more MM once the piece is fully dried. If there is a little bit of excess material around the spot that was patched, just take some high grit sandpaper to sand it flush.

I've had pieces crack before. I think it's because the surface is drying faster than the material underneath so it splits.
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angelbabycakes4u Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
This is really amazing! I'm so challenged with clay type materials since I can remember...in grade school, we were to make Santa Claus...mine looked like a really thing gingerbread man, lol. Not much has changed, but I hope with this tutorial I'll be able to become more skilled. Thanks for sharing! Now...hopefully my armor will resemble armor...and not a pot or something. :P
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, not all things come out exactly how we have them in our head, do they? :D But I hope you'll find the tutorial helpful and gives you new hope for what can be done with this kind of clay. Best of luck! :)
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Thank you for this tutorial! I don't know why it never occurred to me to try smoothing MM with water. I tried it recently for patching a tiny detail in a costume and it smoothed very well! Definitely broadens my options with MM, since I'd always put it in a mental category of "cheap, lightweight, good for bulk, but hard to put fine detail into."
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I'm glad to hear you were able to use the tutorial! :D And isn't MM great for patching stuff?! I don't know what I'd do without it sometimes. :P
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djcoston Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Nice work with this tutorial! it will help a lot of people to do awesome armors like yours! :bow:
Maybe i will try to mess with it in my future cosplays.
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I'm glad you found it useful!
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djcoston Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Can i share it in other site? =D
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! :)
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djcoston Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
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lisagems Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What is the durability of the material after drying? I've made a number of masks from sculpey, and they're a touch fragile.
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Model Magic is almost just as fragile as sculpey. It has a little bit of flex to it, but go to far and it snaps.
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lisagems Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Helps weigh benefits and drawbacks.
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HappyEverything Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great tutorial!!Very helpful!Thanks!
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Xero-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you found it useful! :)
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is the most interesting way i've seen this done- the only crit I could give is to try out something called "Pluffy" rather than MM because "Pluffy" can be worked with all day and never dry out or become unusable because it's oil based. This would have to be put in the oven-that's the only catch ><
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