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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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IvanBraginski1234 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
This is incredible! :D
Thank you!
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, glad you like. You're welcome, and I hope you can get some use out of it!
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Kura4ever101 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Artist
I have otakon in like 4 days. So this is kinda urgent. What should I use if I don't have lacquer? I have rust oleum clear enamel. I also thought about sealing smaller pieces with nail polish. I kinda did this in a rush and don't have everything.
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, sorry for the late reply! I've been out of town the past few days. The clear enamel should be fine; just test it out on a piece of scrap foam before you use it on the main arm, because I've heard that certain enamels will actually melt foam. Nail polish would probably also do fine. I've never really tried it with anything but lacquer, so I really don't know what else will work. Sorry that I'm not much help!
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Kura4ever101 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Artist
ahh don't worry about it! It stayed nicely throughout the con. Thanks for the tutorial though! It really helped me a lot! :'D
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crownless-Again Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it worked out for you! You're very welcome, and I'm happy that you found it helpful.
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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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