Cosplay Tips: Learning How to (Worbla)

The thing that I like the most about cosplay is the opportunity to learn new things! I took a big plunge today and dove into the sea of worbla. Sorry, that metaphor ran away from me. This post isn’t a post about how to do worbla, per se, as it is a post on how to learn new techniques. So here are my tips on how you can become well-prepared before going into any new project.

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I began doing casual research on worbla last summer, but it was after I decided that I was definitely going to use it in a costume this year that I really began to gather resources on how to use worbla correctly.

The first thing to do when you’re looking to learn a new technique is to find all the resources that you possibly can. Watch tons of videos, read tons of how-tos: basically, just soak up all the information that you can. Read for a while, then think about what you’re going to do. Mull it over for a couple days, see if you come up with any more questions, and then research the answers to those questions.

Here are some of the best sources I’ve found of worbla:

Anime Cons Podcast has a great intro to worbla video here.

Jillian Lynn’s Working with Worbla video.

Aurore Cosplay’s how to worbla video

Kamui Cosplay‘s worbla breastplate video

Constantine in Tokyo‘s Lady Skeletor costume blog

The primary worbla website even has a couple of basic tutorials!

 

Once I got to the point where I was comfortable with the idea of using worbla, I ordered it and began to draft out my pattern for Rogue’s shoulder armor. Here are a couple of reference pictures so that you know what I’m talking about:

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So they’re basically large, rounded triangles with a border and a thick edge that goes around the whole thing. I drafted the shape of the outside “shield” on Adobe Illustrator, and then made the thick edge by drawing a strip that was 1.5″ at its widest (in the middle top) and 1″ at its narrowest (at the bottom).

Whenever I make something 3D like this, I draw it out and then tape it into shape. Then you can see how well everything fits together, and then take it apart to trace it on your material.

I made a little video for you guys wherein you can see me in my first attempt at using worbla:

And that was it! My research and my prep made doing this really easy. I knew most of the issues that I would face, and I saw so many other people do these same things that I was confident throughout most of the process.

Here are the finished worbla sculpts! I’ll show you guys how I prime and paint them when I get back to my own apartment!

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4 thoughts on “Cosplay Tips: Learning How to (Worbla)

  1. Thanks for this! I had the sudden urge to make a cosplay involving armor & was going to go the less expensive but also less sturdy craft foam route & wondered how I could possibly make it look good enough but now I think I’m gonna just go with Worbla! Even if it means I don’t get it done until next year. 😀

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