flexible sculptable clothing material?
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flexible sculptable clothing material?

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I want to make some things like a cape and skirt, on many storebought action figures these are made of a soft bendable material that you can take on and off and it will bend and not break. What can I use to make something like this? I am doing a very custom skirt from a specific video game so I can't use a skirt from a different action figure. I also need to make a flexible belt.

Posted by invis
on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
so, it's more then 50 url's I'll just e-mail it to you dud. PM me the address.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, June 13, 2011
I have worked with the flex and bake sculpey and it will make more stiff but able to move somewhat, too much and it breaks/rips or the paint cracks. I have tried to use some of the plastidip, but it takes practice if you are dipping and it has a spray that did not work the best. I would recommend the fabric cape with wire, I am going to try that since you can probably find more materials and it would have the most poseability. hopes this helps I am still struggling with this trying to finish my blink custom.
Patraw -
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I use white glue quite a bit in my work, and while it is possible to make a semi-flexible thin sheet with it, I've never tried making a cape out of it. I don't think white glue is waterproof either.

I don't know what that glittery purple stuff you found was--maybe it was something out of some kind of an art/craft kit? If it is some kind of resin-like stuff you could buy, I could see you making a cape out of it by taking a cape you already have, pressing that into some clay to make a mold impression, and then pouring a thin layer of the stuff into the mold to set and create a new cape.

Thinking about the rubber dip stuff some more, I believe somebody here made a flexible cape for a Marvel Comics figure (I want to say Eternity) one time by dipping some aluminum foil in it too.

Another idea, if you have some sewing ability, is to make a cloth cape and sew some wire into the hems so that you can pose it. Soft goods work better on larger scale figures than smaller, but it can be done.
invis -
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I was in Kmart the other day and I found something weird in one of the toy isles. It looked like someone had taken a clear purple glue-like material that was full of green glitter, and spilled in in a square-ish shaped object and it had dried in there, then someone took it out of the square-ish shaped object and left it in the doll isle. So what I found was a very nice smooth leathery plasticy clear purple glittery thing that smelled kind of like elmer's glue. It was about 1 millimeter thick maybe. I was going to take it home, I should have... I could see if it was waterproof or not.

Hasn't anyone used some type of glue to make a cape or belt or other clothing item? I thought I would get more suggestions for this. Does anyone happen to know what product this clear purple with glitter product is? I'm sure there are many produsts that would be similar.
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Yeah, patraw is right it was in the slimed contest? It was hive? It was a rad figure to begin with but the cape was amazing.
Patraw -
Friday, May 13, 2011
I haven't tried it myself, but I believe I remember reading someone say that you could make a wire armature and coat it with that rubber grip stuff to make flexible clothing items (similar to the symbiote tendrils how-to in the tutorials section). The wire provides the poseability and a thin sheet of rubber is quite flexible.

Another idea that just occured to me is colored aluminum foil--it's thin and flexible, but it does tend to wrinkle up when you move it. I don't think paint sticks to aluminum foil all that great though, and it's likely to flake off when you bend it.

I made a flexible skirt thingy for a Final Fantasy monster one time out of a plastic bag, and, while it worked, the paint didn't stick to that all that well either.
4lcc -
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sculpey makes a flexible substance, but I don't know more than that.

There are a few casting supplies plastics that maintain a rubbery flex once cast. Smooth-Cast products, but you'll have to make the molds in order to cast in the flexible plastic.

Those are the only ones I know of.
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