Supplies

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Foam

I mainly use 3mm thick foam that comes in 12×18 inch sheets. 5mm thick foam is great for belt pouches and other simple shapes that you want to be more sturdy, but it can be difficult to cut complicated curves out of. 2mm foam can be great for intricate detail pieces. (In general, the thinner the foam- the easier it is to cut, the thicker- the harder. 3mm thick is best for most of my items.) Also popular among costumers who make thicker armor pieces are interlocking exercise floor mats, which can be found at most hardware stores, although if you plan on using the building techniques found in my tutorials I would strongly recommend that you do not use foam that is thicker than 5mm, as it is simply too thick beyond that point to cut out small shapes smoothly and cleanly with scissors, and knives don’t work well for tight curves. Instead, if you want a particular part of your costume or prop to be extra-thick, cut out several layers of thinner foam and then glue them together.

Hobby Lobby: (2mm, 3mm, and 5mm thick 12×18″ sheets) www.hobbylobby.com/search…

Wandy-foam: (1-6mm, 12×18″ and larger sheets, international shipping) stores.ebay.com/Wandy…

Joann Fabric and Crafts: (2-3mm and large 2mm roll) www.joann.com/…foam%20sheets

Michaels Arts and Crafts: (2-3mm and large 2mm roll) www.michaels.com/…sheets

There are also various sites that offer giant rolls if you ever need to make significantly bigger items, like: foamandfoam.com and foambymail.com.

Glue

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I use a variety of super glues for most of my projects. Rhino Glue is a great all-purpose super glue, I also like Fastcap 2p-10 (also try out their extra micro tip nozzels), and the Krazy Glue brush. Also popular with foam fabricators is contact cement and hot glue.

Rhino Glue: http://amzn.to/1S08IZ3 or www.rhinoglue.com

Fastcap 2p-10: http://amzn.to/1S096Xq or http://www.fastcap.com

Krazy Glue Brush: http://amzn.to/1FFU7KG

Loctite Super Glue: http://amzn.to/1T8fr4A

Contact Cement: http://amzn.to/1FFUAwn

Hot Glue Gun: http://amzn.to/1MjPRV4

Tools

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Scissors: (general cutting) http://amzn.to/1FFVeKe

(small detail cutting) http://amzn.to/1G8FGkF

(Scissors with an extra sharp blade- for cutting thick or hard materials like velcro, webbing or canvas, etc): http://amzn.to/1IrcOVL

Knife: X-Acto http://amzn.to/1G8FXUN

Extra blades: http://amzn.to/1FFWsp5

Cutting Mathttp://amzn.to/1FFWxsT

Dremelhttp://amzn.to/1Ire0IC

Heat Gunhttp://amzn.to/1FFX51R

Rotary Punchhttp://amzn.to/1Gnf9l2

Hole punch sethttp://amzn.to/1GnfeVL

Rulerhttp://amzn.to/1MjTdHH

Cloth Tape Measurehttp://amzn.to/1G8ILRJ

PVC Pipe Cutterhttp://amzn.to/1MDuA9C or http://amzn.to/1QP3cYW

Sizzix Paddle Square Punch: (for new 52 belt pouch holes, look for “#2”) http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?

Pens: Pilot G2 (good general purpose pen) http://amzn.to/1MDuUFA

Space pen: (great for tracing onto foam. get a “fine” point refill as well) http://amzn.to/1drX75J

Painting and Finishing 

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Acrylic Paints: (look for brands Basics, Americana, and Delta Ceramcoat, and avoid Anita’s and Folkart) http://amzn.to/1JAJlLW

Spray Paintshttp://amzn.to/1AYVjfJ

Easy trigger tool for spray cans: http://amzn.to/1drXMnI

Benjamin Moore Aura: (great as a base coat) http://www.benjaminmoore.com...

Mod Podge: (a sealer) http://amzn.to/1FFXUI1

Plasti-dip: (rubberized coating) http://amzn.to/1dZ6Tx9 and dipyourcar.com/collections

Brusheshttp://amzn.to/1JAKDXy

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Misc.

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Velcrohttp://amzn.to/1dZ7kYo

Strapworks: (webbing, buckles, velcro, elastic) www.strapworks.com

County Brook: (webbing, buckles, velcro, elastic) www.countrybrookdesign.com

Gimp: (free image editing program) http://www.gimp.org/

Poster board paper: (for templates) http://amzn.to/1AYWqMl or joann.com/posterboard… or http://amzn.to/2sYG7gl

Goggles: (for glue fumes and dremel sanding) http://amzn.to/1IrhWZR

Dust Mask: (dremel sanding) http://amzn.to/1K6ERi2

Chicago Screwshttp://www.ebay.com/itm/…

 Washershttp://www.ebay.com/itm/…

PVC Pipehttp://www.homedepot.com/b/Plumbing

Formufit (great site for high quality PVC pipe and fittings that come in a variety of colors): http://www.formufit.com/

Mannequin Dress Form Torso and Head (very helpful when making chest/shoulder armor, helmets, etc): http://amzn.to/1B2u8QT

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Smooth On (great source for everything mold making and casting): http://www.smooth-on.com/

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