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May 12, 2014 AT 10:29 am

Fullmetal Alchemist Alphonse Elric Armor

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Alphonse Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist may be only a soul bound to steel armor, but you don’t have to go quite as far as he did to make a replica of his suit. Instructables user Tomcat94 spent four months piecing together his Alphonse costume from craft foam. It all started with sketches and cutting out all the pieces – that part alone took three months. He added LEDs to make the eyes in the helmet light up, and he simply used Velcro to attach them.

Here’s how he painted the craft foam to get a nice silver shine:

I tested the spraypaint with uncoated craft foam, but soon realized that it wouldn’t put off the same sort of shine as I expected. I looked up some tutorials, and saw someone mention using watered-down tacky glue to seal the craft foam first, so I decided to give it a go. I filled a small container with tacky glue and then added water until it was about the consistency of acrylic paint. I used this to seal the pieces before spraypainting them, which gave the suit an excellent shine.

Read more at Instructables.


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