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Worbla Tutorial by Bllacksheep Worbla Tutorial by Bllacksheep
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-***Thank you PirateLotus-Stock for the DD, and thank you for all of your comments!***-
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This Tutorial:
Here is a tutorial on how to make armor from Worbla thermoplastic, using the thigh armor from my Dante's Inferno cosplay as an example.

Tell me if you have any questions!

Shoutouts:
If you use this tutorial to make your own work, or if the techniques shown here inspired your work - then I'd love to see what you've made! If you comment or message me a link to your photos, then I'll post your link right here in the description:
- FeythArtanis - fav.me/d6kgqdb
- Nephtis - nephtis.deviantart.com/art/Mor…

Costume Full View:
Dante's Inferno: Dante Alighieri + Hell Beatrice by Nobodyyyyy

More of this Costume:
Dante's Inferno: To Hell and Back by BllacksheepDante's Inferno: The Reaper's Scythe by BllacksheepDante's Inferno: The Queen of Hell by NobodyyyyyDante's Inferno: Beatrice by Nobodyyyyy

Companion Tutorial:
Adding Straps to Worbla Armor Tutorial by Bllacksheep
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Given 2013-08-11
[Stock & Resources] Worbla Tutorial by *Bllacksheep ( Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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LucaLouise Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the awesome tutorial ^^ If I ever get my hands on Worbla I'll definitely try it some time. But I live in the Netherlands and they don't sell it here, so I have to use craft foam for my armor :(
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can buy it online! I bought it off of CosplaySupplies.com, if that's any help!
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Dun-Horse Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again - Thank you for this tutorial... You're making the Worbla Elephant smaller for me :)
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad! The Worbla Elephant is much smaller and friendlier than it seems :D
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Didik0ng Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow it is so easy to understand how to do it thanks for sharing its a big help.
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it was helpful! :D
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:iconxuza:
xuza Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Oooh that's a really neat technique! Thank you for sharing! I'm looking forward to working with Worbla but haven't taken the plunge yet xD
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem! You should try it! It's a pretty intuitive material to use. When you get around to it, show me what you make! :D
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dragontrikes8347 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
great tutorial
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Making some worbla armor anytime soon?
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Very handy tips, thank you!
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome! Fires-storm. Now my question is, can you use your firestorm to heat up your Worbla?
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Sadly no, it is a low heat fire, lol!
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's too bad, haha.
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nekomatalee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist
This is so absolutely amazing and helpful! Thank you so much for making this tutorial. I'm planning on making some armour with Worbla for the first time and this gives me a lot more confidence it'll turn out well. :D
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great! This was my first time using it too, and I can tell you that after the first piece or two of armor I made, the process of heating and working with the Worbla becomes really intuitive and easy. Good luck with your armor!
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MartianRaindrop42 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so cool. I have always wondered how cos players make such realistic looking armor i hope I can get to try this someday! Thank you very much for making this tutorial Headbang! 
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Airborne !!!No problem! I love worbla!!!Airborne
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benihimecosplay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was planning on doing something similar to worbla, so glad to know it's actually DO ABLE :D

Thank you so much for this!
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ZoZombify Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Wow! This is amazing! 
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legalrehab Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Where do you get your craft foam and peel and stick craft foam? I live in a very rural area so we don't have access to super neat craft stores. I've used insulation sheet but craft foam just seems like it would make my life wayyy easier!
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah craft foam does make things easy! And I love the peel-and-stick. I bought mine online, here is a place you can buy it! It's listed as 'self-adhesive' craft foam on the website: kwikcrafts.com/crafts/category…
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XJonetsuX Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, I'm about to start using the stuff!
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great! What are you making?
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XJonetsuX Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm working on a showgirl version of Harley! I'm making the headpiece from it ^_^
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I'd love to see it when its done! :D
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LadyAmanita Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
thanks for the tutorial, I've never seen fine designs on worbla done this way.
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! This was the first time I had tried doing it this way, and I was surprised by the detail it could produce. Even if there was a piece of armor more detailed than what I showed in the tutorial, I'll guarantee that if you can cut it out of craft foam then it will look good when you add the Worbla
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Nephtis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
And here I thought I was being terribly inventive doing the details in craft foam instead of adding them with Worbla later...

It IS a great tutorial, and I never thought of documenting it step by step myself. Great to share this with the community!

I can vouch for the level of detail you can create with this method.
The bird symbol on the chest, the raised areas on the braacers are all cut  out craft foam between layers of Worbla. nephtis.deviantart.com/art/Mor…
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You were being terribly inventive! You discovered the process on your own, and that's invention in my book. I'm sure plenty of other people out there have used the same process. But thank you, I'm glad you liked the tutorial. Well I am very impressed with your Nightingale armor, it looks awesome! I'll post your link in the description so other people can see. And it's true, your armor does have a lot of detail, and it came out really clean - you wouldn't even know it was Worbla. And whatever paint you added has a matte finish and makes the Worbla look like leather which is really cool - I haven't seen that before. Nice work!
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Nephtis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
For once the texture of the material worked in my favor. Often people spent a lot of time smoothing the surface but here I even used dry brushing to accentuate the texture (and the details) even more.
And yes, I used a matte finish. 
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sporkbotic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial, and excellent work
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SplashyLove Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Cookies!
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:iconbllacksheep:
Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Rage I'd love some cookies Rage
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SplashyLove Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
That looks like a cookie with frosting
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Ilovedeaththekid12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013

Thank you!

 

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FeythArtanis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this great tutorial I am always looking for new methods to save as much worbla as possible for it is so expensive :'D
I tried this on my Lux boots the first time an it works very well, will post some pictures after gamescom when its ready
greets
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah it is expensive :( But there are ways to conserve :) I would love to see photos of your Lux boots!
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:iconfeythartanis:
FeythArtanis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
finally uploaded a photo of my cosplay feythartanis.deviantart.com/ar…
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whoa! It looks awesome! Great work! The paint job on those boots looks really good too. I'll post your link in the description!
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wepset Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Awesome!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation :huggle:
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teh-dino Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to make armor with just plain craft foam, but this looks like it'd be much sturdier. And I really like how the detailing looks with it! Thanks so much for posting this tutorial, I'll have to give it a shot the next time I make some armor!
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great! If you end up making some armor out of Worbla, I'd love to see some pictures!
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ElementChaosTwister Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ive always wondered how cosplayers created awesome armour. this be an awesome tutorial. 
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! :D
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ElementChaosTwister Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
np
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks
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Liketheisland Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cool! I don't do cosplay but this looks like something I might try for Halloween or just for fun. Thanks for sharing!
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Bllacksheep Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome :)
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