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January 26, 2015 AT 8:59 am

EVA Foam Vs. Sintra for Cosplay Armor

sabine wren costume 1

Sabine Wren is one of the leads in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The Mandalorian’s costume is a cool mix of fabric and armor, and that armor is decorated with flair to match Sabine’s artistic skills. Cosplayer Kate Suilon decided to make a Sabine costume, and since it was her first time making armor, she tried two materials for the build. She did so for the experience and to see what was better for long term wear. She started with EVA foam since she’d used it to make props before, and then she learned about Sintra – rigid PVC plastic sheets.

sabine wren costume 2

Suilon goes over each step and highlights the pros and cons of EVA foam and Sintra, but here’s the summary:

EVA Foam Summary:
Pros
Cheap
Easy to cut
Easy to heat
Easy to mold
Handles compound curves

Cons
Doesn’t hold shape well
Loses shape over time

Sintra Summary:
Pros
Cheap
Holds shape well
Great for long-term use

Cons
Time consuming to cut
Doesn’t heat well
Can’t do compound curves

sabine wren costume 3

Read more about the differences in using the two materials at Rebels Report.


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