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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, 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

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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KKBatoretto 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)
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…

Good luck with your costume making!
KKBatoretto Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay! Thank you so much! :3
so wen u said webbing u meant webbing trim right
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.
prettylady 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.
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!
Great tutorial! By any chance, was that photo taken at Sac-Anime? :P
Thanks! And, yes, the photo was taken at Sacanime winter 2010, I believe.
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