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Topic: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (FINISHED!!)  (Read 13192 times)
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« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2007 03:38:10 PM »

you totally rock!  Shocked
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« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2007 06:53:51 PM »

Did you finish Optimus Prime?? I would LOVE to see it!
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« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2007 07:20:41 PM »

Did you finish Optimus Prime?? I would LOVE to see it!

It's in reply #26. Wink You skipped too far ahead! Smiley I'll get some more pics up after Halloween and show off the back, etc.

Thanks for all the rocks, everyone! Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: October 29, 2007 07:43:26 AM »

WOW!!! this is amazing!! you're so talented!!! GAHHHH!!! I love TRANSFORMERS and I have the BIGGEST crush on Bumblebee. (O.o kind of weird, right?)
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« Reply #34 on: October 29, 2007 08:43:30 AM »

OMG! You've definitely won the Best Mom award! Great job!
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« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2007 09:48:14 AM »

I LOVE this!!!
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« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2007 11:04:35 AM »

I've been wanting to make a cool bot costume for about half a year now, but the only info I could find online prior to now involved either using craft foam (heat-shaping it and painting it), or making fiberglass armor pieces.  Your method looks a lot more comfortably wearable and durable, so I'm very curious how you made the armor pieces.  If you've got any tips after having made these amazing costumes, I'd love to hear them.  I don't know much about fusing or machine quilting and only have a vague idea what headliner foam is (I think I bought some once and used it in a costume not knowing what it was).  Anyway, the costumes are totally awesome, they definitely rock.
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« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2007 12:07:32 PM »

Basically what I did to make the pieces was this: I would start off by cutting up paper to figure out the size/shape of the pieces, and then use this as a pattern. The headliner foam is from Joann's (on the big rolls), and it's about 1/4" thick with fabric on one side. It's the same stuff you'd see on the ceiling of a car. I got a ton of that Fuse 'n' Bond Ultra Hold fusible web with the paper backing (found in the interfacing section). I first covered a couple yards of the headliner with the fusible web, leaving the paper on. Then trace my pattern piece and cut it out of the headliner. Then you remove the paper and fuse it to one layer of your fabric, leaving at least 5/8" inch seam allowance in the fabric. You don't have to cut the fabric neatly at this point, because you'll trim it after you sew it. Then put a second layer of fabric next to the first, right sides together, foam facing up. Sew them together all the way around, about 3/16" away from the edge of the foam. Use a zipper foot so that you don't have to put the foam under it. Now, you've sewn all the way around, so to turn the piece right side out, make a slit in the center of the facing fabric on the back side. This will be facing the foundation, so you'll never see the big hole that you've just made, and you don't need to sew it up.

Now, caveats. The Fuse 'n' Bond is brutal to sewing machines. That is why I fuse it to the foam first, and not the fabric. You want to avoid sewing through it as much as possible. The way the pieces are constructed, you shouldn't have to sew through it for those. There are occasions where I needed to sew through it, though, like putting the heads together, and it gums up your needle and is just awful. So keep that in mind.

Also, the fusing temperature of the fuse 'n' bond and the melting temperature of the fabrics, especially the metallic one, are very close. My iron was set to 4 or 5, and I never put the iron on the metallic fabric directly, always had a scrap of the web's backing sheet that I used to put in between.

There might be a better way to fuse the foam and the fabrics together, but this is the method that I used. It was great for the flames - I could just fuse it to the red fabric, cut out the flames, and then iron them on. The polyester ponte fabric does not fray, so I didn't have to do any further stitching over it.
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« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2007 12:14:09 PM »

Oh, I forgot something else I was going to say. So some of the pieces have folds/creases in them. What I would do for those is to use multiple pieces of foam, one for each plane of the 3D piece, and then fuse them to the fabric about 3/16" apart, so that the piece could bend. Or I would space them so that I could sew a dart in the piece after putting the layers together, and the dart would bring the two sides together into their final shape. Like making a paper box. Hope this makes sense.
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« Reply #39 on: October 29, 2007 12:24:04 PM »

these are absolutely AMAZING!@ I wanna be optimus prime now dangit! lol

seriously though, wow. you friggin ROOL
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