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How to make Japanese armors


Materials
[Materials for making pattern paper]
-Drawing paper 10sheets
-"Kousakuyousi"(one of hard paper in Japan) 5sheets
-Scotch tape(Sellotape) 3pieces
-Packaging tape(parcel tape) 1piece

[Main materials]
-"Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)"
→2mm thick(1.5mm is also OK) 100cm X 60cm
→5mm thick 100cm X 60cm
-Synthetic leather 100cm X 40cm
-"Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan) 100ml
-Liquid instant glue 3pieces
-Hot melt(glue gun) 10pieces (It's convenient if there is also Air duster for cooling)
-Safety pin 4pieces
-hook for handicrafts 2pieces
-Red cord(for body) 17m
-White cord(for body and shoulder) 60m
-Blue cord(for waist) 48m

[Painting materials]
1.Case of Gesso painting
-Gesso 150ml
-lacquer paint(Bottle lacquer paint, Lacquer Spray etc) or acrylic paint proper quantity*

2.Case of "Bond G17" painting
-"Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan) 300ml
-lacquer thinner 300ml
-Paintbrush(Disposable premise ) 1piece
-Paper cup,bowl etc.(Disposable premise ) 1piece
-lacquer paint(Bottle lacquer paint, Lacquer Spray etc) proper quantity*

Materials cost
4000Yen (about 100Yen = 1dollar)

Tools
-Writing implement(Pencil,eraser,ballpoint,Magic Marker,ruler)
-Sizzer
-Box cutter(It's good to change "Pro blade". Moreover,It will become convenient if there is also "Blade breaker")
-Cutting mat
-Hot melt(glue gun)
-Lighter
-Soldering iron and soldering iron stand
-Masking tape 1piece
-Paint tools, such as a paintbrush
-The sharp things, such as Pinvice or Prick punch
-Sewing machine
-Sewing tools

Convenience tools when you have
-Art knife PRO
-Instant glue Accelerator
This spary can harden Instant glue instantly.
It's so useful for glueing small part. Detail is here.
←100ml ←180ml ←420ml

Work time
20hours

Spec
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Pattern paper data

PDF format(A4 size) JPG fomat
Body Click Click
Waist Click Click
Shoulder Click Click

-It don't become full scale, if you print on browser. You should save the file on your PC, then print the file.
-In case of PDF format Use Adobe Reader(free ware)
-In case of JPG format it will become full scale, If it print by magnification 100%.
-It becomes easy to use by sticking it to Drawing paper with spray glue after printing.
-Size:Free size
-Grid in edge of pattern paper is standard that confirm about printing by magnification 100%.
-Mention called "x1","x2" etc are number of cutting pieces.
If you need both shoulder ,both legs etc,cut number of double.
-Mention called "2mm","5mm" etc are thick of "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".

Attention at the time of work
Let's consider the following things for accident prevention and health.

-When it uses a thing including the thinner(Bond, lacquer thinner etc) and the spray, make good ventilation.
And wear a gas mask and .
<-I'm using this mask.

-When you toast mterials etc, make good ventilation.
And don't breathe smoke, don't put smoke in your eyes, wear a gas mask.

-When you dig mterials etc with Soldering iron, make good ventilation.
And don't breathe smoke, don't put smoke in your eyes, wear a gas mask.

-Do not use the lighter and tools with heart near the things which are easy to burn such as paint or thinner Bond.

-Turn off an outlet and the switch of the tool as soon as you have finished using it.

-Read labels of materials and tools carefully, and understand how to use.

How to make
Make a body armor.
Make Pattern paper by Drawing paper.
When you want to know how to make fundamental Pattern paper,watch this page.



Cut and paste and brings close ideal form.
Pattern paper was completed.


Make holes threaded cord.
Make hole with Punch.


Use 5mm thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".
Mark position of hole by penn using Pattern paper.


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It's Japanese most famous material for cosplay props.
It's a soft board, and it can be bended.(Details are here.)
And "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)" is sold only in Japan.

Then, if you live in except japan, you must use other materials.
A EVA board is usable in substitution for "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".
It's called EVA foam, EVAzote, too.
Many world cosplayers are using EVA board.
(I don't know well about EVA board, sorry. Plase study by Google)
Or, basicly soft and can bended board is substitutes.
Then find the materials in your country.

I don't know material information of except japan.
Then you must call for help to your country cosplayers, if you know more information of materials.
There are many world cosplayers in Worldcosplay.
Please find your contry cosplayer by this site. And ask them.
http://ja.worldcosplay.net/

Or, ask japanese material shops that the shop can send "Lion board" to your country.
Thease are shops selling "Lion board".
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/cosprop/ This site has Japanese page only.
http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/foreign.html This site has English page too.
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【5mm厚ライオンボード(別名:リアラボード、ソフトボード)をAmazonで買う】
リアラボードという商品名ですがこれが俗に言うライオンボードです。
私がライオンボードを使う場合はリアラボードという商品名の物を使用しています。
こちらは通常&特大サイズ。お買い得な複数枚セット商品も有り。


ハーフサイズ。お買い得な複数枚セット商品も有り。


裏面がシールになってて接着剤を使わず貼り付け可能、装飾等にオススメ。


【5mm厚ライオンボード(別名:リアラボード、ソフトボード)を楽天で買うなら】


【5mm厚COSボードをネット通販で買う】


【5mm厚COSボードを楽天市場で買う】


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At first, use sharp blade. For example, "Pro Blade".
This is so sharp.
In addition, use big size Box cutter.
Big size can cut well more than small size.
←10枚入り ←50枚入りお得パック

When you cut, put "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)" on Cutting mat.
Don't cut in the air, while holding by hand.
Break a b blade frequentry, if you feel sharpness of using blade became bad.
If you want to do work more speedy, use "Running fire box cutter","Blade breaker".
"Running fire box cutter" can have 6 pieces blade inside.
"Blade breaker" can break easy and speedy.


Use Art knife PRO for small ornaments etc.

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Mark by penn.


Marking was completed.


Cut out 5mm thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".
Make hole with Soldering iron.(Don't breathe smoke,don't let smoke meets eyes)



Paste together with Liquid instant glue.
Use Instant glue Accelerator to make good progress.
(In use, steam may be generated. But don't don't breath. And don't meet the steam in eyes.)


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Instant glue can plane surface easy.
But it can't narrow surface well.
Then you should use bellow spray.
I always use this.
Watch movie.

For example, use bellow surface.


Instant glue Accelerator
This can stick surface in several seconds.
100ml can stick one armorset or about three weapons..
←100ml ←180ml ←420ml

About instant glue
General liquid Instant glue is OK.


Case of sticking except instant glue.
"Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan) can stick too. It's can stick narrow surface too.
But it's take time more than Liquid instant glue and Instant glue Accelerator.
And "Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan) may melt stuck surface if you use "Bond G17" painting.
(You should reinfore stuck surface with Liquid instant glue. Or use Gesso painting.)
After all Liquid instant glue and Instant glue Accelerator is the best.

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Make thing cutting 5mm thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)" small.


Paste together with Liquid instant glue.
Toast with Lighter and remove corner.(Don't breathe smoke,don't let smoke meets eyes)

←ガス充填式ライターとガスボンベを使うとお得

Make a belt.
Cut out 2mm(1.5mm is also OK) thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".
Paste Synthetic leather with "Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan). Concrete procedure is here.
Don't use fire after painting until drying, because "Bond G17"burns easily. Don' use Lighter etc until drying.



【1.5mm厚ライオンボード(別名:リアラボード、ソフトボード)をAmazonで買う】
リアラボードという商品名ですがこれが俗に言うライオンボードです。
私がライオンボードを使う場合はリアラボードという商品名の物を使用しています。
こちらは通常&特大サイズ。お買い得な複数枚セット商品も有り。


ハーフサイズ。お買い得な複数枚セット商品も有り。


裏面がシールになってて接着剤を使わず貼り付け可能、装飾等にオススメ。


【1.5mm厚ライオンボード(別名:リアラボード、ソフトボード)を楽天で買うなら】


【1.5mm厚COSボードをネット通販で買う】


【1.5mm厚COSボードを楽天市場で買う】


Pasting were completed.


Stick to the body.
Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Paste Velcro with Hot melt(glue gun).
Detailes of how to stick are here.



Paint.
When you paint "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)", You can improve quality as follows
by painting the undercoat beforehand.

-Color becomes well.
-Painting becomes hard to come off.
-Gloss comes out well.(If you don't need gloss, you use no gloss paint.
-You can save quantity of the paint.

If you don't use undercoat, you can paint.
If you hope more quality, you sholud use it.

There are two undercoats mainly.
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1.Gesso painting (this is easy method) [Easy, for everybody]

Gesso don't contain thinner.Accordingly there is not smell worry.
It's only paintig by bruch, very easy.it can use Acrylic paint as paint.
This method is recommend for weapons, small articles, two or three pieces armors.
But it's easy to peel off than Gesso painting (this is easy method).
Then it's is slightly unsuitable for moving armor and armorset etc.

Details are here.

Undercort>>>Gesso or Black Gesso
or

Paint>>>Lacquer Spray or Bottle lacquer paint or acrylic paint
or
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2."Bond G17" painting (this is hard method) [All-purpose,but hard. For a man used to making props]

It's fill thinner smell in room.Accordingly use outside of a room.
This is onerous method, but it's not hard to peel off. It's almighty method.
Then it's suitable for moving armor and armorset etc.
Don't use fire after painting until drying, because "Bond G17"burns easily. Don' use Lighter etc until drying.
The parts will be charred in seconds.
Details are here.

Undercort>>>"Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan) thined with lacquer thinner
-for big things -for small things

Paint>>>Lacquer Spray or Bottle lacquer paint

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In Subsequent explanation is use Gesso painting.


Paint Gesso twice or three times with brush.
Desiccate for 4 or 5 hours.(It may become dry for 1 or 2 hours, but Desiccating for 4 or 5 hours is better.)


Paint black color with Lacquer Spray.


Paint gold color of Bottle lacquer paint with paintbrush.


When paint Bottle lacquer paint, There should just be paintbrush,silicon cup(Use as paint plate. Easy to peel after dry.),
mixing colors stick,thinner.


Thread cord.
-Red cord 17m
-White cord 20m

Cut 1.5m for easy using.
Make a knot in the one side.
Sharpen another side.
Harden with Liquid instant glue and sharpen.


Sharpen tips more with Box cutter.


If holes are closed by painting, insert thin article.
Make hole with the sharp things, such as Pinvice or Prick punch.



Thread cord.


Thread cord.


Stretch cord over a thumb, and thread. Then it was finished neatly.


Paste the end with Liquid instant glue in backside.
Moreover serve with Hot melt(glue gun).


Thread second cord.
Afterward, repetition.


Complete.


Make waist armor.
Make Pattern paper by "Kousakuyousi"(one of hard paper in Japan).



Copy the edges of Pattern paper on a material with a pen.
Cut out 2mm(1.5mm is also OK) thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".


Paste together with Liquid instant glue.


It may break only 2mm(1.5mm is also OK) thick"Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".
So paste Synthetic leather to backside with "Bond G17"(one of liqud glue in Japan). Detailed process is here.
Don't use fire after painting until drying, because "Bond G17"burns easily. Don' use Lighter etc until drying.


Toast with Lighter and remove corner.(Don't breathe smoke,don't let smoke meets eyes)


Make hole with Soldering iron.(Don't breathe smoke,don't let smoke meets eyes)
Write pattern with Hot melt(glue gun).


Paint.
Painting method is same as body armor.


Stick cords.
Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Cut out cloth.
Sew with a sewing machine.


Temporal tack plates with Masking tape.



Try on.


Thread cord.
-Blue cord 48m


How to thread.


Threa in order of numbers.




















Tie at last in backside.


Tieing was finished.


Tieing was finished.


Complete.


Make waist armor.
Make Pattern paper by "Kousakuyousi"(one of hard paper in Japan).


Copy the edges of Pattern paper on a material with a pen.
Cut out 5mm thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".


Paste together with Liquid instant glue.


Copy the edges of Pattern paper on a material with a pen.
Cut out 2mm(1.5mm is also OK) thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)".


Paste together with Liquid instant glue.


Pasting was completed.


Make hole with Soldering iron.(Don't breathe smoke,don't let smoke meets eyes)


Toast with Lighter and remove corner.(Don't breathe smoke,don't let smoke meets eyes)


Write pattern with Hot melt(glue gun).


Paint.
Painting method is same as body armor.


Thread cord.
-White cord 40m












Make a cylinder.
Cut out 5mm thick "Lion Board(Koyo Soft Board)" to belt form.
Paste together end and end with Liquid instant glue.


Let wire pass to inner.
Paste the end of wire. Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Cut out cloth.


Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Attach a hook for handicrafts.
Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Attach a hook for handicrafts.
Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Stick the cylinder.
Paste with Hot melt(glue gun).


Paste Safety pin with Hot melt(glue gun) for equiping.
When you don't want to make hole to cloths,use Velcro.Details are here.


Youtube video and completed photos
I uploaded video version of this tutorial.
Please watch this too.








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