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Foam Cyborg Arm Tutorial by crownless-Again Foam Cyborg Arm Tutorial by crownless-Again
I had a fair number of people asking me how I made the borg arm for my Vriska cosplay, so I went ahead and made this tutorial thing. Here's to hoping that people find it useful! Now, I know that this tutorial is very poorly arranged, so if you've got any questions, fire away and I'll answer as best I can. And if you do anything with this, I'd be thrilled to take a look at it!

I used a couple of tutorials for this myself, specifically Anniina85's stocking arm tutorial and Amethyst Angel's plastic automail tutorial.

EDIT: Oh man, this thing is so full of typos. I'm gonna have to fix those at some point.

Links:
Part one of stocking arm tutorial: fav.me/d495qkd
Part two of stocking arm tuturial: fav.me/d4bt11o
Amethyst Angel's Automail full tutorial: amethyst-angel.com/armormaking…
Amethyst Angel's Automail parts directory: www.amethyst-angel.com/automai…
My forearm piece: fav.me/d6m6u5x
My upper arm piece: fav.me/d6m6tmt
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Which of the glues do you use to adhere the foam to itself?  Hot glue?  Rubber cement?  Trying to mentally plan out a winter soldier arm.  
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hot glue, definitely. Rubber cement works very nicely for sealing the foam in preparation for painting, but it's rubbish for actually gluing foam to foam.
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fantastic - thanks for letting me know.  I'm doing a lot of planning and I really think I'm going to give it a full blown go this weekend.  If it works out, I'll send you photos :3  I'm excited about trying my hand.  And very glad that the character wears fingerless gloves as the hand part of a cybernetic arm looks like it would be the hardest.  I'm going to try to do the fingertips with sculpey to give them some weight/hard texture.  
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Yeah, the hand part is kind of a pain, especially the bit that goes over the palm- and it renders your hand pretty much immobile to boot. xD Fingerless gloves to the rescue! Hmm, Sculpey fingertips... I tried to do that too, but they kept cracking and turning out weird and lumpy, so I ended up just making the squishy foam ones. Hopefully you have better luck with yours than I did with mine, haha.

I would love to see pictures! I haven't yet seen any Bucky arms made with this method, so it'll be interesting to see how it works out for you.
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
I did it! @.@
araniaart.tumblr.com/post/9258…
I made a lot of changes to accomodate the different arm style (smooth surface, shinier rather than distressed metal, etc) - but your tutorial REALLY came in useful with the foam, the glue mixture, and just the confidence to try this overall :)  Thank you so much!  
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, congratulations! This project is a pretty massive undertaking, so go you for doing it in a single weekend. I'm impressed. 
Hhrnfhdnfngh, it turned out great. Seriously, awesome job- definitely the best Winter Soldier arm I've seen anywhere. I'm simply tickled pink that you found the tutorial helpful, and that you used it to such great effect. So you are very, very welcome. :D
also I'm totally going to reblog your pics later, but I'm on vacation right now and tumblr mobile is really buggy. 
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
^_____^ Thank you SO much for the kind words!  It means a ton coming from you, and I really couldn't have done it without your tutorial and quick answers!  It was a long weekend, but a fun one X3  
((And reblogs would be aweeesome!  I don't have a lot of followers lol<3 Enjoy your vacation! ))  
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, you're very welcome. Happy to be of service, and glad you had fun with the project. : ) 

(Hehe, I don't have many myself, so I probably won't be of much help exposure-wise. Thanks, and I'll definitely enjoy what little there is left of it.)
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've started working with the sculpey - I have two fingers that turned out how I like - the other three after baking are either too tight and don't fit as far down over the fingers, or are just thicker in general.  But I think another attempt or two and I'll have a set that I like :)  
I think I'm going to sacrifice mobility in the last digits of my fingers, though.  At least it's going to be my left hand.  I've thought about making it in two pieces kind of like your finger joints, maybe securing them somehow to silver gloves underneath, but I'm (a) not sure what would glue sculpey to gloves successfully, and (b) kind of like the sleeker look.... we'll see.  This is a big learning process for me. 
*Crosses fingers* I'm really looking forward to working on it this weekend - after I finish my RL workstuff for the week X3  
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Mitunaiscute Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Omg this is by far the best tutorial! Do u know by chance where to get the rub n buff?
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