Works for fabrics & is Sewable, Works on Thermal plastics, Works on Foams, works on everything I could get my hands on
Ok this image is huge but this news is huge, download it or check it on dropbox: www.dropbox.com/s/2sk668jbx088… How to get mirrored fabrics and applications was a mystery to me and many a google search for many years... and I clued into it yesterday so please share share share anyone wanting to use metallics in costumery would benefit! It may have been done before but the internets could not help me find this ever! Then I remembered how much I like exotic cars. I wish you love and joy, your cosplay friend #KayPikeFashion Ever wake up and want to be shiny like a lamborghini? now you can! I was working on my Wonder Woman cosplay holding all this polished aluminum jewelry I just made thinking of my #cosplayproblems like " How do I get this metal onto my PVC bodysuit?""Metallic vinyl and pvc fabrics look gross IRL" "I need this metal but flexible for dancing" "I need something that behaves like a heat-transfer but will stretch around strange shapes and flex..." Then LIGHTBULB Car Vinyl
Question: Kay, Vinyl has been used in costuming for years why are you re-inventing the wheel?
Answer:Good question everyone! Fabric vinyls and PVC's made for sewing look pretty gross to me in comparison to metal accessories. I bought the best I could find and nothing compares to real metal until Auto body Vinyl Mirror Wrap
When I mix Chrome car vinyl in with metal jewelry I have spent hours upon hours polishing and grinding to perfection you can barley tell the difference
automotive vinyl is so glossy and reflective it makes me smile, you can take selfies in it!
Ive had trouble applying other fabric metallics and other metallic sticker type things in a decent way to make a good looking armor. Sewing fabric metallics can be a pain and chrome paint and sticker treatments are limited!
I could go on you must just try some
sew it flex it bend it stretch it glue it heat it cut it stick it... technologic
Heat Gun play around with your settings I found 150 to be fine
Vinyl Car Wrap Available at any exotic auto body shop, or you can order it online in any colour or finish you can imagine MULTI COLOURED HOLOGRAPHIC RAINBOWS! PATTERNS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE METALLIC! CARBON FIBER! SCALES! STRIPES! DOTS! YOU CAN EVEN GET PLACES TO PRINT AUTOMOTIVE WRAP IN WHATEVER YOU WANT
Somthing you want to apply it to plastic, clay, foam, thermoplastic, fabrics, I haven't found anything this doesn't work on yet
General Material Use Guide
1: When you cut your vinyl, give a good hefty “seam allowance” around your shape and cut small notches on inside corners
2: Heat up your gun to around 150
3: Peel the back off of your shape
4:Chrome side to table center your shape on the tacky backing
5: Heat to laminate them together
6:Heat and press excess material to the backside
LOOKS GREAT GOOD JOB! Sew if you want, if using a thermal go ahead and shape em together or shape your thermal first then laminate for smoother finish
Have loads of fun and let All cosplayers know about this Application!
I am having a bit of an issue with this. I bought some blue chrome auto wrap and gave it to a company to test out sewing it onto a hard foam core. This is what they told me:
"This material has no stretch so therefore it will not contour to the surface needed to cover your parts. Because it would be applied to foam, any type of indentation or swipe of a fingernail leaves a permanent depression. Also, the adhesive it not strong enough to adhere to the foam. We first tried a heat gun that that was too much so we tried a hair dryer but it still did not allow the material to stretch."
Am I not getting the right kind of material? Do you have any suggestions?
Best suggestion is to get samples of everything you want to try. There are lots of different brands and types of vinyl wrap out there.
CanadaCosplay's Manager says: Lots of technical stuff aside, you are looking at a real trial&error process with any new material. A lot of things don't want to stick to foam, ever, because it's a porous surface and has very little overall surface area to adhere to. There are ways you can coat it if you don't need the foam to be flexible, and then it will adhere better. If you're commissioning a piece from someone else get them to do material tests until it'll work.
I think it mostly had to do with the stretchability of the fabric. Also when they tried to sew it they noticed that it might be an issue because the sewing created a perforation in the fabric and it being so thin could easily tear.
This is a great tutorial. I never even considered this before and I'm used to having to find ways to stretch my cosplay budget without resorting to cardboard. Thanks for making this and keep up the great work!
TikeoDragon & calgarycosplay I don't know how much their metalics are -- however if you live in the USA (IDK If they ship out of country) you can try signwarehouse.com or ebay (which I know some sellers do ship out of country). This is where I get most of my Vinyl for signs and they have a butt ton of other materials including transfer film. =3