Ah! Sorry for the late response. I’ve been terrible at replying to messages.
1. Print the design onto regular cardstock. Good widths for them are 8 inches for the back, 2 inches for the sides/arms, and 1.75 inches for the front.
I modified the design a bit so the wings don’t stuck out of the sides. I can post the png files if anyone wants.
2. Make ‘em sturdier. I covered the back with duct tape, though that turned out to be a bad idea. Duct tape doesn’t like being glued to things, so my front patch fell off after the second con.
(ew duct tape don’t do this)
I suggest using painter’s tape instead and coating the back with Mod Podge. Or just a coat of Mod Podge. Or just leaving it as cardstock and avoid rabid glompers.
3. Cut them out. Then take a black marker and go around the edges so you don’t see the gross white sides (even cardstock is 3D!).
4. Bend the arm patches a little so they will sit nicely against your bulging biceps.
5. Coat the front and back with clear Plasti Dip spray. I got a can at a hardware store for $7. Do 4+ layers. Make sure you do this in a ventilated area. I accidentally got a whiff of this stuff and I swear my nose hairs were set ablaze.
6. Glue these suckers onto your jacket. I used Gorilla glue that was laying around, though that was really messy since that stuff expands. Maybe superglue? Some kind of heat-activated adhesive might be a good idea.
I have horrible cheapo methods, but for some reason I can somehow make it look good. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the photos, George!
Not the most accurate, but I’ll hopefully have the 3dmg and better boots/jacket once I get a group together.
Glob a coat or two of Mod Podge onto the edge. Careful not to drip. Takes a bit to dry though. I also recommend coating the rest of the foam in Mod Podge before the edges just so it’s all uniform (and it also makes the foam sturdier and ready to be painted).
Otherwise, you could hot glue a strip onto the edge, and then use the side of the glue gun nozzel to smooth it out, though craft foam gets burned pretty easily so I don’t recommend that.
Thank you! I bet yours will be awesome! I’d love to see some photos when you’re done.
They’re strips of vinyl! Colored the back and sides black, then sewed along the edges to give them more definition.
So I was definitely going to have some nice Ezio shots up like… a week ago. Should probably go pester Amanda for those photos.
Not quite done since I ran out of time before the con, but I’m quite proud of myself. I even did finishing seams on the jacket!
If I get a chance to wear this again, I’ll hopefully have the maneuver gear too.
Aw, thank you for your kind words! It’s just one of those hobbies I have hidden in a corner.