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Buff, NY Working with Worbla

Discussion in 'Buffalo, NY' started by 72Princess, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. TFS

    TFS Jedi Knight star 3

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    What is the material sandwiched between the layers of worbla, and how are the layers affixed to one another?
     
  2. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    Check out some of the tutorials posted earlier in this thread. The layer in between the two Worbla pieces is just regular craft foam. You can buy it in a variation of thickness. The worbla is a thermoplastic. When heated, it becomes pliable when it is heated, and adheres to itself. In one of the early pictures you'll see one side is shiny, that is in adhesive side. Generally you apply the two pieces with the shiny. Side facing each other.
     
  3. TFS

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    Thanks. I must have missed that earlier info.
     
  4. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    Check out tutorials on Svetlanas site
     
  5. Darth Erebus

    Darth Erebus Jedi Knight star 3

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    just ordered some worblas black art! cant wait to try it out!
     
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  6. TFS

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    Just ordered some worbla for a costume component. Should be interesting, having never worked with this material!
     
  7. TFS

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    My piece of worbla just arrived. Strange stuff. Looks like a giant fruit roll-up. Made me hungry.
     
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  8. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    That's great!! Let me know if you need any help! There are some great tutorials on line.
     
  9. TFS

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    Viewed a number of tutorials on YouTube. Not finding answers though.it's an oddball project.
     
  10. TFS

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    Taking the bull by the tail...and facing the situation! Worbla work commences today.
     
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  11. TFS

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    When making a smaller object, such as a belt buckle, do you have to :sandwich" two pieces around craft foam, or can the foam be omitted?
     
  12. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    The foam can be omitted but I would recommend a double layer of worbla. Otherwise it will look like pork rinds! .
     
  13. TFS

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    Ok, thanks. BTW, additional questions sent via PM.
     
  14. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    I did not receive a pm...
     
  15. TFS

    TFS Jedi Knight star 3

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    Re-sent.
     
  16. TFS

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    $8.99 (with coupon) at Hazard Fraught...er, I mean...Harbor Freight Tools!

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  17. Darth Erebus

    Darth Erebus Jedi Knight star 3

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    be wary with that one. i had it awhile ago, went to use it, turned it on and off twice, then it shorted out and began to smoke.
     
  18. TFS

    TFS Jedi Knight star 3

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    So you're telling me I should save my receipt?
     
  19. Darth Erebus

    Darth Erebus Jedi Knight star 3

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    most definitely
     
  20. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    Spend the $20 and get one at Home Depot. I've used mine for many, many hours and projects and have never had a problem.
     
  21. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    Time to Mando up!!

    Started with making patterns for the boy. Now, to decide if I should use regular Worbla or black worbla for his armor.



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  22. Darth Erebus

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    have i told you about my worbla smoothing technique? works for both black and regular. when the piece you are making is done i heat it up just a bit and rub the surface with wax paper. i did this with the reverse blade katana i just made for a commission and it came out insanley smooth! no need for gesso or wood glue! i did it on my new revan bracers as well but i wanted some of the texture to come through. but it still works just fine for the regular worbla as well! just make sure when you are rubbing with the wax paper that it stays flat and wrinkle free or else those will transfer and imprinter into the worbla.
     
  23. 72Princess1

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    So I decided to go with the Worbla's Black Art for Jonathan's Manid and had to check out a quick tutorial.

    Svetlana (Kamui Cosplay) is so adorable and talented, I had to share another one of her tutorials::
     
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  24. Darth Erebus

    Darth Erebus Jedi Knight star 3

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    have you seen this one?
     
  25. 72Princess1

    72Princess1 President - NR star 4 Staff Member Moderator

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    Of course!!