Foamsmith: A Book About Building Foam Armor Costumes
Crafting suits of armor from foam is a topic I cover semi-regularly because it’s knowledge that can completely change the way people cosplay. If you know you can build any armor you see, the number of characters you can cosplay as increases significantly. Bill Doran of Punished Props has a lot of experience using EVA foam to make epic looking armor (even to the point of making foam look like hammered metal) and has shared his knowledge via helpful videos and tutorials. He’s also written ebooks on the topic and has compiled those ebooks into a 184 page printed book called Foamsmith. It covers every step of making foam armor from design and templates to finishing to adding lighting effects. And, it helpfully includes over 400 photos.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.