Thermoplastics are popular with cosplayers for good reason. They’re handy for crafting a variety of wearables from armors to crowns. Worbla is perhaps the most popular thermoplastic, but it’s not the only option. I recently heard about Thibra. It’s a thermoplastic without mesh and very smooth so it’s not necessary to sand the surface, which can be time consuming. Thibra claims users don’t often have to use primer either.
I turned to some thoughts from cosplayers. The above video review from Leon Chiro Cosplay shows off its qualities. He demonstrates Thibra is much more elastic than Worbla when it’s heated — you can stretch it like a piece of gum. It can be reheated and reworked though.
Cosplayer Jessica LG tried the product out in April. She says:
“So smooth compared to Worbla. Didn’t need to sand AT ALL or coat this before priming and painting. Saved so much time! Heating temperature is much lower than Worbla, so you don’t even need to own a heat gun. A regular hair dryer worked perfect. Heat gun might actually be too strong, if you are not careful and let it sit for too long, it would just melt completely. Lower heat temperature is great for casual crafters. Easily cut with scissors.”
You can learn more about Thibra and its properties at the manufacturer’s website.