I feel like I start most of my tutorials like this but…it’s been a while since I’ve done a tutorial and I lost most of the pictures I took of this costume’s progress (story of my life) so I am here today to teach you all how I made the breastplate armor worn by The Dark Lady. Sorry for potato quality phone pictures.
First things first, materials.
-Thin sheets of craft foam
-Old bra (or new I guess, I had an old one lying around)
-Clear bra straps
-Heat gun (or hair dryer but heat guns work soo much better)
-Half circle plastic orb thingy (cna be bought at craft stores. I have no idea what they are for but I think it’s something for christmas ornaments. Buy one roughly the same size as your boobies. Go bigger if there isn’t one in the right size.)
Okay so below is a picture of my abused mat, half circle orb thingy, and heat gun.
Cut out two squares of worbla a little bigger than the half circle. Heat up the sheets and press them together. Sweet, now you have a two layer square of worbla.
Heat the worbla so it’s nice and pliable. I usually heat it from the center and work my way out. Go slow with this. If you heat it too quickly you might get awkward bubbles. If the worbla starts to turn more pale and look a little chalky, it’s too hot. It should be warm enough that it’s easily moldable, but not so hot that you can’t touch it with bare hands.
Once the worbla is heated, lay it down over the circular thing. It should hang over the edges evenly. Press down firmly, curving the worbla over the form. I also traced the basic shape of the armor, since her boobie covers aren’t just circular. (seen in black marker below). Be sure to let the worbla cool off before removing it from the form. It might stick a little, but the shape shouldn’t deform as you pop it off. A word of caution here, be sure you pull down the worbla evenly. It’ll thin out towards the center of the sphere as you form it. If it gets too thin you may have issues with stability, or the worbla could tear and make a hole in the armor.
Cut off the excess worbla and try it on for size. Trim as needed.
To make the band, you’ll want to start with a foam base. Cut out the shape, something like the shapes below. Be sure to match the cure of the cup you just made. Using more foam, cut out the designs and glue them down onto the base. (Here is where I lost some pictures)
Cut out a single layer of worbla .5 -1 inch wider than the foam base you are goign to cover. Cut some small darts that go from the outside edge of the worbla and meet the outside edge of the foam. Place the worbla over the foam base. Start heating the worbla from the center outwards. Press the worbla down into the crevices and around the raised details. I use a pen for this to get cript edges.
When the top is done, flip the armor over and start heating the edges. Fold the tabs over onto the back and press down firmly.
Use a strip of worbla to attach the boobies to the band. Worbla wil stick to itself when heated. I also hot glued it for extra stability and attachment.
I used more foam to add raised details to the breastplates, and some worbla covered foam for the diamond in the middle.
Step Nine, I mean Ten! It’s late.
Since worbla isn’t very comfortable, I cut the cups off an old bra and stuck them on the inside. I also punched some holes down the back slit. Think of it like a corset. I have some placeholder ribbon to test the fit. If it’s too big, the back is the area to trim it down to size. This
Now is the time to add the clear bra straps.
The cuts in the worbla have a tenancy to pinch when the armor flexes. For this reason I lined the top and bottom of the band with the extra fabric from the bra.
Using paperclay I went over the raised details that were originally there from the foam interior. It looked good with just the foam, but I wanted something a little more pronounced.
The part where it all comes together is the paint! Be sure to paint in highlights and shadows. Below is a picture of flat paint vs shading
And that’s it for my tutorial! I promise the next one will have more detailed pictures and steps! As always, feel free to email me with questions, I love to hear from you guys!