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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 [link]
:bulletblue: Portuguese cosplay e-zine, Cosplayer [link]
:bulletblue: MiscCostume Blog: [link]

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


**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.

...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: [link]
:iconthemiddlechild:'s armor: [link]
:iconkawaii-kioko:'s armor: [link]
:iconbarista89:'s armor: [link]
:iconblackmagedark: 's Amano amor: [link]
:iconflawlesscheese:'s armor: [link]
:icontae-kia: 's armor: [link]
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AliNere Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how sturdy is the scupley??? Can you use it for making swords or would you recommend something else?
RoxyRoo 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.
Nico-Mac 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;
RoxyRoo 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.
Nico-Mac Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
okay, thank you I'll try that :)
RoxyRoo Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Zealyss 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. ^^
RoxyRoo 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.
Zealyss 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. :)
taelindraconis Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital 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,
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