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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…
:bulletblue: Portuguese cosplay e-zine, Cosplayer…
:bulletblue: MiscCostume Blog:…

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:

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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! 
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
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
chaoticlatina Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! Gonna need it! ^^;
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!
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing!
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?
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. :)
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?
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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