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Shoulder Armor Tutorial by RoxyRoo Shoulder Armor Tutorial by RoxyRoo
:star: EDIT: This tutorial will be featured in 2 Cosplay magazines!
:bulletblue: 4th Issue of the Indonesian cosplay magazine called CozMagz www.cozmagz.webs.com/about.htm…
:bulletblue: Portuguese cosplay e-zine, Cosplayer issuu.com/cosplayer/docs/cospl…
:bulletblue: MiscCostume Blog: www.miccostumes.com/blog/how-t…

Isn't that awesome??? zomg, I'm so excited!!!


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**EDIT: a constant question I get is, "How well does this stuff hold up? Won't it crack or break?" I think this is a rather silly question. Of course clay can crack or break. It's not metal.

Has mine broken yet? No. I made sure to take care of it by securing it to my jacket and packing it well when traveling. Treat it as you would any prop: With care.

As said above, this tutorial can be used for other armor and characters too, not just for Lightning. I'm sure other materials can be used as well, like real clay (if you have access to a real furnace) or paper clay, which air-dries. I chose Scupley cuz I knew how well it held detail, which was important for this prop.

I'll be adding fiber glass on the inside (if I can get ahold of it) to strengthen it so it doesn't break.



Materials:
...1/2 box of white sculpey = $6
...Tin foil = free
...Wire = free
...scotch tape = free
Time: 14hrs (so far)


Finished Pauldron
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:bulletgreen: People who've used my tutorial. :heart:

:iconcatnip23:'s armor: catnip23.deviantart.com/art/Li…
:iconthemiddlechild:'s armor: themiddlechild.deviantart.com/…
:iconkawaii-kioko:'s armor: fav.me/d2u7rm7
:iconbarista89:'s armor: barista89.deviantart.com/art/L…
:iconblackmagedark: 's Amano amor: img.photobucket.com/albums/v31…
:iconflawlesscheese:'s armor: fav.me/d3elyo8
:icontae-kia: 's armor: tae-kia.deviantart.com/art/Lin…
:iconbeyondfantasycosplay:'s armor: beyondfantasycosplay.deviantar…
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:iconduncanthekid:
Duncanthekid Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist
cool
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:iconpurplewillowtrees:
PurpleWillowTrees Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This could end up being a technique I use for making my Zelda armor, thank you for putting up this tutorial! 
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:iconchaoticlatina:
chaoticlatina Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I am definitely going to need it! :D
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Goodluck!
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:iconchaoticlatina:
chaoticlatina Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! Gonna need it! ^^;
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Ah! Wire! Why didn't I think of that!? I've been trying to figure out how to mold craft foam into round shoulder armor and it's just not going to work. Thank you so much for sharing this technique!
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing!
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:iconflamingchibi:
flamingchibi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Thats pretty darn sweet! I gotta ask one question though: did you leave the clay on the base after it was done cooking or did you remove it and wear it that way?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I removed it, then I painted it, added straps, lights, and then yes, I wore it later on when I debuted the cosplay. :)
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:iconalinere:
AliNere Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how sturdy is the scupley??? Can you use it for making swords or would you recommend something else?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha. XD No. It would be the worst thing ever for a sword. Use wood. Wooden swords have been around for ages, and for good reason. Because it works the best. Trust me.
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Nico-Mac Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
This might be a stupid question, but I've never used clay like this before so : How well does the mold do in the oven? The tinfoil I'm sure is no problem, but won't the scotch tape burn? Or the wire for that matter. Again, sorry if it's a completely stupid question, I just don't want to burn my house down ;w;
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The scotch tape did not burn when I did it, but i have no idea if that was a rare case or not. It's safer to just not touch it after you pull it out until it's fully cooled down.  Keep an eye on it and don't leave the oven until it's done.
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:iconnico-mac:
Nico-Mac Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
okay, thank you I'll try that :)
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Goodluck!
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:iconzealyss:
Zealyss Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Hello there! First of all, this is amazing. Thank you for sharing this! Second of all, would you mind if I shared this tutorial with my college anime club's newsletter? I have a lot of members who are interested in learning more about making armor for their cosplays. Your Deviantart name and a link to this page will be posted alongside your tutorial. The club is called Mu Epsilon Kappa and I would appreciate it very much if you would let me share this. If not, that's fine! I got to learn something cool either way. ^^
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't see why not. It's been posted on plenty of other sites, with or with out my permission. But you get my permission, because you are nice enough to ask.
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Zealyss Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I hope whoever is doing that is at least giving you credit. :< Thank you so much for letting me share this! I'm sure that they'll love it. :)
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taelindraconis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Howdy! I love your tutorial! Too few underestimate the effectiveness of good ol' tin foil and tape for a solid base that forms to the necessary fit.

On a side note, however, I actually have a tip you may wish to try that will increase the strength as well as integrity of the armor itself for additional durability. Instead of using only sculpey for the top covering above your tape (which was an AWESOME idea when I read that. Definitely a face-palm moment for sheer genius) try using Bondo grade fiberglass and resin. It is INCREDIBLY strong, light-weight, and if you use the resin on the outer surface, it can be sanded and spot-puttied smooth to a brilliant finish. Plus, the fiber plastic finish allows for higher quality paint to be applied better, like auto paint!

I hope you find it helpful. I was doing something similar until I experimented with Bondo, which became my primary source for detail. I hope to get a tutorial up soon, but yours is fantastic! I sent a few friends here to check it out. Keep up the great work!

Your friendly neighborhood cosplayer,
Mark
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:iconkiyenna:
Kiyenna Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Please make a tutorial for this, man. Clay is just not gonna cut it for my armor making, as I plan on wearing it often and adventuring in it.
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:icontaelindraconis:
taelindraconis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually am working on something now, seeing that there aren't many out there for the various methods that are currently in existence. I hope to have it posted soon, but I'll send you a message in advance when I do. :)
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:iconkiyenna:
Kiyenna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Don't forget!
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Bondo is a great material for armor making. Many of my friends use it regularly, especially for making helmets.  However, I have no patience for it. lol.  Thank you for checking my tutorial out and for your input!
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:iconinfiniteproductions1:
infiniteproductions1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh, my God. This tutorial is a godsend. Thank you SO much.
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconloveless-yokai:
Loveless-Yokai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Mwhahahaha I shall use this tutorial for my OC cosplay.YAY!
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconsailorcrafty26:
SailorCrafty26 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am so glad I found your tutorial. I've probably commented on it before but I'm too lazy to look :P I liked your design for the emblem so much that I printed it out to the scale I needed and used it as a template for my pauldron. I am forever grateful for your design, it looks so nice. I made my pauldron from Worbla which is an awesome armor material. I would be honored if you would come see how the pauldron is turning out on my Facebook page:

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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I took a look, was impressed, and shared it on my own facebook page. You did fantasticly. Will you seal it with gesso or wood glue?
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SailorCrafty26 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, thank you so much!! I am so glad you like it! I've put a couple layers of gesso on so far and I'm thinking I might switch to wood glue. I haven't tried that method yet so I'm excited to give it a whirl. Thank you for taking a look and thanks again for your awesome tutorial. It's the most helpful and accurate one I could find ^o^
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wood glue takes longer to dry, but on my own trial runs, it works really well.
No problem! it was my pleasure. :)
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:iconhaddydrow:
haddyDrow Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
you made it out of baked clay? really? wow
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Not clay, Sculpey. It's a polymer type clay. :)
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:iconhaddydrow:
haddyDrow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
boo, i don't think they sell that here.
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:( Online maybe?
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:iconmattdeterlizzi:
MattDeTerlizzi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Hey, how'd you make the yellow light things on the shoulder?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Bought them. They're called El Wire. It's the same kind of stuff they used in Tron: Legacy.
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:iconmattdeterlizzi:
MattDeTerlizzi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Ok, Thanks again! :)
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
np. :)
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:iconxnovacainexxkittenx:
xNovacainexxKittenx Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What would be the best way to attach it?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Poke holes through the armor and attach it with straps to your costume.
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:iconmattdeterlizzi:
MattDeTerlizzi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Doesn't the tape melt in the oven? and then stick to the pauldron?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope. Mind didn't, anyways.
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:iconmattdeterlizzi:
MattDeTerlizzi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
ok, thanks! :) Also, what did you use to attach the two pieces?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Believe it or not, I used posterboard and hot glue.
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:iconmattdeterlizzi:
MattDeTerlizzi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Hrmmm ok. I'm totally going to use your tutorial by the way. Thank you for everything! :D
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconmisamisa123456:
misamisa123456 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
This will be so helpful for when I do Daenerys Targarian
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Deanerys? Awesome!
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:iconjenbracey:
jenbracey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Awesome tutorial
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