Hey everyone reading, I entered the world of cosplaying/propmaking about 4 years ago. Ever since I've been making props with eva foam and finishing them with mod podge, plastidip or regular pva glue. I have been trying to get a smooth finish but I haven't been able to completely achieve it. For example: Mod podge and pva glue leave streaks when painted on, plastidip leaves a texture on the prop and does not give a smooth finish. My friend 3d prints small parts that I would need for my cosplay because I do not have a 3d printer but the prints are limited to small pieces only as he has a small printer. I need a 3d printer to print whole armors also I have been learning to use softwares like blender and cura. I use automotive primer for the 3d printer parts, sand using a sanding block and multiple sand papers of different grades and use a dremel to cut off or rough sand the parts.
Tools I Use:
10mm, 5mm, 3mm foam
Sanding block and sand papers
Kwik seal caulk
Plastidip rubber coating
Xacto knifes and box cutters
Bison plastic adhesive and contact cement
Iron man hand - Made with 3mm craft foam and primed with wood glue. Used 5v led lights for the repulsor. Later weathered with some watered down black acrylic paint.
Captain America Shield - Made with a saucer sled as base, metal fasteners as rivets and a belt as the grip.
Iron Man Torso - Made with 5mm foam and primed with wood glue. 5v led lights were added later for the arc reactor.
Jason Voorhees' Machete from Friday the 13th (unfinished) - Made with 5mm foam with a metal rod in the middle for rigidity. Dents and imperfections filled with Kwik seal later primed with Mod podge.
Nightwing Mask (unfinished) - Made with 3mm craft foam.