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Cloud Shoulder Armour Tutorial by Floating-sheep Cloud Shoulder Armour Tutorial by Floating-sheep
Finally, I finished the Model Magic armour tutorial! It only took me... a very long time. I wrote and re-wrote the instructions many, many times. So, hopefully it is now foolproof!

I really hope this is helpful. Model Magic is a great material to make armour out of and I just couldn't find any good tutorials online. I referenced Leash's instructions on a forum thread deep in the bowels of cosplay.com, so a lot of the credit goes to her.

All photographs were taken by me... except for the one at the end, which was taken by Surfsama on www.flickr.com.

If any of you make armour using this tutorial, I'd like to see the result! Good luck and happy armour making.
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
This might help me make some shoulder armor for a modified Red Mage cosplay. Im basing it on a musketeer and fencer and need shoulder armor on one arm. Referancing the guy on the very left for the armor---> cdn.tvwise.co.uk/wp-content/up…

Do you think this method would work for that?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   General Artist
Ooh, what pretty armour! I'm pretty sure it could work! To get the shape, I suggest constructing a mold of your shoulder (like, use duct tape over an old t-shirt on your shoulder, then stuff it with newspaper) and then lay the clay over the mold of your shoulder to get it to fit you well. For the little details, you could probably press a dull edge (like a tongue depressor) into the clay while it's still wet.

Good luck and happy armour making! c:
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I did that but it didnt work out very well. I used foam over the base and it works better so I guess I found a solution lol
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   General Artist
I'm glad you managed to find something that works! c:
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KKBatoretto Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think this is possible for Zack and clouds other outfits? My sister and I are looking to cosplaying as Zack and Cloud for our 18th so we'd like to know! 

Also what do you mean by snaps? I don't understand the last part,

(Also if you tell me it could help me with my Textiles course work and product making, thanks :3)
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014   General Artist
You can use the same technique for almost any armour, I think. Though, I'd only advise using the clay for smaller pieces like shoulder pauldrons, because anything bigger might be hard to handle and take longer to dry.

As for snaps, they're sew on snaps. Here is an image of what I'm talking about www.us3a.com/smallimg/SewOnSna…

Good luck with your costume making!
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KKBatoretto Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay! Thank you so much! :3
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
so wen u said webbing u meant webbing trim right
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   General Artist
I mean webbing like the woven rope-like fabric. It looks like this [link] You can find webbing at fabric stores and it comes in rolls that you can buy in yards.
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
thx
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prettylady Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Im really confused and curious as to why you put fabric on the inside of the armour? is this to put a type of peeling fabric to peel onto the shirt? like a velcro thing? I am so confused.
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
I put the fabric on the inside of the armour to give it a bit more stability. I used horse hair interfacing, which is typically used to make vests and coats stiffer and less likely to wrinkle. I guess I thought that the armour was a bit too wiggly and needed a bit more support, so I glued the interfacing in to make it a little stiffer.

I hope that helps!
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Rizumi-hime Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Great tutorial! By any chance, was that photo taken at Sac-Anime? :P
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   General Artist
Thanks! And, yes, the photo was taken at Sacanime winter 2010, I believe.
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WinderTN Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
How long does the armor last? since its made of a clay would it be easily damage and broke ?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   General Artist
My armour was made two years ago and they're still in good condition. The Model Magic clay is slightly flexible, so it doesn't shatter and crumble like other clays. However, if you bump into things or stack things on top of them, then chunks can come off.

Just be careful with the armour and it should last. :)
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WinderTN Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Stack something on top of it? like? rub mold ? or ?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   General Artist
I'm not sure I understand your question... Sorry.
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WinderTN Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
You said that armors made of clay could last long with care and some coatings. I'm just wonder what kind of coating could be done.
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012   General Artist
By "stacking" I meant don't put books or heavy things on top of it. I'm sure some sort of coating could be put on it to make it stronger, but I don't know what. You'll have to experiment. Good luck! :)
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Yuki-maru Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
can you use paper clay instead to speed up the progress?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   General Artist
I haven't used paper clay before, so I wouldn't know. You can try it though.
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ATLAWEFA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats actually quite amazing! I love this! Do u think this would work for Ventus' and Terra's armour from birth by sleep?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011   General Artist
It might work. You can give it a try. Good luck and happy armour making! :)
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Aru-08 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
WOW!
Awesome tutorial!!!

Thanks a lot!
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011   General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad I can help. :)
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caterpillartomoko Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial. Will try get an idea on making one.
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roxas519 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
YES! THANK YOU! Finally, autorial on how to make the CC shoulders! This is litterally the only one I've seen. And you did a great job of explaining! I was totally clueless on how to make thoes. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011   General Artist
Ha ha, you're welcome! I'm glad the tutorial makes sense. Happy armour making and good luck!
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miccostumes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
wonderful tutorial Roth99, i have add this tutorial in our final fantasy cosplay tutorials list at [link] work from you!!
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   General Artist
Oh! Thank you very much!
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ChaxxInClockwork Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
I've been using this for making my Halloween costume, and it has been super helpful. I couldn't find enough of the magic clay, so i settled for regular clay. It's messier and probably heavier, but it works and dries faster. I'll send you pictures when I'm done =D
Thanks so much for making this :dance:
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   General Artist
AWESOME. I wanna see, I wanna see! I can't wait for the pictures! :excited:
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ChaxxInClockwork Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
lol my biggest problem right now is that i can't find any glue
Darn you non-existent glue :shakefist:
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010   General Artist
Dang... Good luck on your glue hunt!
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ChaxxInClockwork Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Success! Glue has been located =D
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010   General Artist
SUCCESS.
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Makki12 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
what is the leg armor made out of?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010   General Artist
I decided that it would be too hard to make clay have the sharp-edge look that his knee armour has, so I used cardboard. I took cardboard pieces, cut them into the shapes that I wanted, then hot glued them together. While the hot glue was still drying (and very hot) I rubbed my finger down the glue to soften it up a bit (which really hurts, so be careful if you use this method). And when I painted it, the result looked kind of like the "metal" was welded. :)
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Makki12 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
nice! thanks for the info! I made some of the leg armor out of cardboard as well, how did you attach them to the straps?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010   General Artist
No problem!

For the leg armour, I used silver webbing for the straps around the legs. I just hot-glued the webbing onto the back of the cardboard and used velcro to secure it... But the armour kept sliding down my legs because it was too heavy. So, I used some extra webbing I had lying around and hot glued that to the back of the armour, then used a safety pin to secure the webbing (and armour) to my pants. It actually works really well and keeps the armour from moving around too much. I hope that wasn't too confusing...
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Makki12 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
webbing like interfacing?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010   General Artist
Webbing is... ummm... I'm not sure how to describe it. The material is used for belts sometimes. I'm pretty sure you can find some form of webbing at any fabric store. Here's a picture on google of what it should look like: [link]
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SakiRee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student
;u; Amazing!!!
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010   General Artist
Aw, thanks! :love:
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SakiRee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student
:3 Anytime! I'll definitely be using that tutorial in the future. Not just for Clouds armor, but other things, too. Its a good technique~ ^.^
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010   General Artist
I'm glad it's helpful! :) Good luck with your armour and other future endeavors. I'd love to see what you come up with when you finish.
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xShadow-Lightx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
That really helped! Thanks. I was stuck on how to get it right. And just a question out of curiosity, how did you make his knee guards?
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Floating-sheep Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   General Artist
I'm glad it's helpful!

I made the knee armour out of cardboard... I took cardboard pieces, cut them into the shapes that I wanted, then hot glued them together. While the hot glue was still drying (and very hot) I rubbed my finger down the glue to soften it up a bit (which really hurts, so be careful if you do this method). And when I painted it, the result looked kind of like the "metal" was welded.

Good luck on making your armour!
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xShadow-Lightx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Ahh. Thanks ^^ This helped me out a lot
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