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Intro to Cosplay Foam Armor and PropsExpired

Oct 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

Hello everyone! My name is Cori aka Lady Cels and I’m going to be demonstrating how to start making armor and props out of EVA Foam.

Foam Armor can sound intimidating at first, but it’s actually really easy to get started with. The cost of entry is actually pretty low, as you need just a few inexpensive tools to start. It can also be more forgiving than other kinds of armor like Worbla or casting. 

Another big advantage to Foam armor is it’s flexibility. Unlike hard worbla or plastic, foam has a decent amount of flex to it. As long as we treat it correctly, it can bounce back into place and move with your body. And even if we don’t treat it 100% right, we can usually fix it with a little heat.

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to work with EVA foam and demonstrate some of the different techniques we can use to create some cool durable pieces with this fantastic material.

Skill Level:

No previous knowledge required.

Skills you will learn:

  • Introduction of Tools
  • How to trace and cut patterns
  • How to Glue
  • How to Heat Shape
  • Sanding/Sealing/Painting

What You'll Need:

No materials are needed.

About your Facilitator:

I'm a Maryland-based cosplayer and costumer who has a passion for teaching. I'm an accomplished maker who creates my own costumes from scratch. I began cosplaying in 2003, and currently compete and win at the master craftsmanship level. I hold a B.F.A. in Technical Theater and Costume Design as well as a M.A. in Puppetry (with a high focus on Fabrication). I've taught for over a decade for both higher education and for K-12 students. I work frequently as a panelist, teacher, and cosplay judge at several conventions on the east coast.


  • Cori Leyden-Sussler

    I like to make things, all sorts of wonderful, amazing things. As a hard worker who is driven to succeed, I work full time as a Maker Educator in Bethesda, Maryland. Originally from Connecticut, I currently live right outside of Washington DC.

    I began my passion for creating and realizing ideas in the cosplay world, and still enjoy the hobby in my free time.  Over the years, I’ve earned several awards for my work and also judge contests around the east coast of the US. I also enjoy teaching, and have several years experience with both college and primary school.

    My specialties include sewing, sculpture, embroidery, fabric painting, foam fabrication, thermal plastics, wood carving,

    3d printing/modeling, leather, painting, and prop work. I am highly detail-oriented, but always striving to add new abilities to my repertoire. 

    I am a disabled cosplayer/professional, and am outspoken in my support for my communities. I always strive to make this hobby accessible for everyone!

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  • Oct 6, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Pacific)
Age Range: 18+ 14-18
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