If you want an excuse to try making armor or anything else from Worbla, crafting one of the many costumes of League of Legends would be a good way to test your mettle. Lotte, also known as Captain Izzy Cosplay, crafted a beautiful Darkflame Shyvana from the game, and used Worbla for the armor and the helmet. She shared a tutorial on DeviantArt showing how the helmet went from foil and painter’s tape to a metallic-looking finished piece. She explains pattern making for Worbla too:
To pattern anything for worbla, including the head, I wrap the intended area in foil and cover the foil with painters tape. For this helmet, I drew the outline onto the tape. To “flatten” the 3D pattern piece, I cut the pattern in half from the nose to the neck along the topside, and I created darts (like the sewing technique) for the rounded shape at the top of the head. Lastly I took the two pattern halves and applied them to EVA foam and worbla, which created the base helmet structure. Most of these seam lines that were created when I connected the worbla pieces were hidden by my helmet’s detail patterns. The others I worked into the design as details.
Read through the entire tutorial at DeviantArt.
The entire Shyvana costume:
Photo by Lexa One Photography
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