Back in September, we featured a Poison Ivy costume prop designed by Morgan, also known as Methyl Ethyl Cosplay. She made the staff to go with an armored take on Poison Ivy, and besides being impressive just because of its size, it’s covered in details. Morgan crafted it from materials such as styrofoam and Worbla, and she recently shared a thorough how-to with photos at Cosplay Amino. It’s hard to believe the beautiful prop started with a simple styrofoam ball. Morgan says:
First I took the Styrofoam ball and cut it in half. Using a spoon I hollowed out each half to create the mouth area. I then heated scrap strips of Worbla with a heat gun and connected the two halves by adhering them to the Styrofoam, while holding the halves into the desired position (creating an open mouth effect) and letting the Worbla cool. Once cooled, the base head shape was complete.
Next I used rocks to hold the Styrofoam base in place (mouth down) and sprayed the back of the head with expanding foam. Once dried, I carved the foam with a utility knife and smoothed it with sandpaper. I then repeated the process on the front of the head around the mouth area, propping it up with rocks, spraying it with expanding foam and carving/sanding it once dry. I filled in the grooves left from air pockets in the foam with wood filler.
Read the entire tutorial at Cosplay Amino to get tips that will help you with whatever Worbla project you’re working on.