Claudia's Final Fantasy XII Fran Cosplay: Arm Armor

Total Time: 11 days | Total Price: $13.02 | Status: In Progress

How I made this costume:

Arm Armor:
Just like all of the other armor, I began by taking my measurements and drafting a pattern using Photoshop. Using a number of different references I created three different patterns that I would piece together to create the bracer. One thing that's nice about creating patterns in Photoshop, and then printing them out, is that I can tape them together and put them on to see how everything is working out. If the pattern needs to be altered, I do it before any materials are used. That way I minimize waste.

So for this piece of armor there were three parts: The main forearm section, the ruffly wrist piece, and the elbow guard. Starting with the main forearm piece, I transferred my pattern first to the craft foam using white charcoal, cut out all of the pieces with scissors, rounded off any trim that needed extra detail with the tiny brow scissors, formed any rounded trim over the stove top on med-hi heat, and super glued most of the trim down. After that I did the same thing for the ruffly wrist piece. Except this time around, after all of the necessary trim was glued down, I had to glue the large ruffle down first and then mold it into the proper shape using the stove burner. I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, because I was able to achieve the same curve as the ingame model, which was very hard to do with a material that isn't too bendable. After that piece was finished and shaped, I carefully glued it together onto the main forearm section. When this completely dried I then added the trim that covered the seems to finish off the bottom proportion, and lastly finished up the small elbow guard in the same manner. I then glued it to the top of the bracer, and finished with a nice piece of circle foam on the back just in case it could be seen when the arm is bent.

Now, what's interesting and annoying about this bracer design is that it has to stay on the top of the forearm. It doesn't sit on the wrist and it has a tendency to slide down and around. To help prevent this from happening, I added a line of hot glue on the inside of the armor. This works like the rubber lining of thigh-high stockings. The texture of the hot glue grips to skin, and helps the armor stay in place. It's not perfect though, and I'll have to consider using body glue or fashion tape if it continues to be a problem down the line.

MORE COMING SOON!

Useful Websites:
Making Craft Foam Vambraces
Making Foam Bracers
No-Slip Hot Glue

Materials:
Tape Measure - Superior Tailoring Rule, 150 cm/60 in
Pre-owned
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Adobe Photoshop
Pre-owned
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Wacom Intuos3
Pre-owned
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Inkjet Printer - HP Photosmart 7200 Series
Pre-owned
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8.5"x11" White Print Paper - Hammermill Premium Multipurpose Paper 24 lb
Pre-owned
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Scotch Tape - Transparent Gloss Finish
Pre-owned
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Craft Scissors
Pre-owned
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Light Box - Artograph Light Tracer 10" x 12"
Pre-owned
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White Charcoal Pencil - General's Charcoal White 558
Pre-owned
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Craft Foam - Creative Hands or Creatology 11.8" x 17.7" Foam Sheets
Purchased from Michaels
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Brow Scissors
Purchased from Target
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Super Glue - The Original Super Glue, 4 Pack, 0.10 oz Each
Purchased from Michaels
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Mini Hot Glue Gun - Crafters Edition Low Temp
Pre-owned
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Hot Glue - Magic Melt Low Temp General Purpose Glue
Pre-owned
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MORE COMING SOON!

Feel free to leave all comments and questions below.
♡ Claudia (AKA Fran)

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