We, as cosplayers, practically live by this phrase: The Devil is in the Details. And this couldn’t be more true. Especially when it comes to dealing with Foam Smithing.
This is something I’ve come to learn really quickly as I make more and more props and do more commissions–by the way if anyone wants a commission don’t be afraid to ask.
Anyways, I learned that if you want to make your props and cosplay stand out, using different pieces of varying sizes can make huge differences. It’ll make your project really stand out and look more, what’s the word for it…3D? Alive? Realistic? Awesome looking? One of those terms. But describing it isn’t important.
What’s important is the end product and these small pieces of foam or fabric make the larger pieces stand out. Here’s a good example to break it down for you guys. The lexicon for the Zexion cosplay I’m doing in celebration for the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 next week.
When it first started out, I used of course, a large, old, book as it’s base. Then I used a mixture of 6mm foam, 2mm foam, and cosplay clay to build it. What my point is, I could have just taken the easy route and only used the 6mm foam and drew on the rest of the details onto it but, by using the cosplay clay and the 2mm foam it makes the small details “pop out” so to speak.
This can also be applied to sewing if you think about it. Not just Foam Smithing. Because it take layers and different pieces of fabrics to make a cosplay that you need to sew–regrettably, (you guys can probably tell that I’m more of a Foam Smither than a Sewer. Although, I would like to learn how to sew better eventually) have more depth.
And that, my friends, is a key thing in making your props look awesome. Just using different size of materials mixed in with bigger pieces in your project will make it look that much more impressive.
And later today, if you want to learn how to make your own lexicon, be sure to check out my Quotable How to: Making Zexion’s Lexicon.