Why You Shouldn’t Count Out Paper-Maché
Underappreciated, this material has always lost out to its newer and flashier sibling-foam. Even though it is humble, it often gets ridiculed for its more traditional methods. But it works hard. It can take a lot of beating and still come out looking flawless. Its modest, it doesn't require a lot of money to make it look beautiful. And when given the opportunity, it can truly shine as cosplay. What is this Cinderella material? The answer is paper-maché.
Paper-maché has been around for centuries and many traditional and cultural art still relies on it for their crafts. However when it comes to cosplay, it often loses out in favor of EVA foam. Paper and cardboard is more readily available and it would be wrong to think the paper-maché cosplay can't look just as nice as those made out of foam. Dali DIY shows us that the classic art form is still as relevant today as any other modern technique.
Their impressive Storm Trooper helmet is a testament to how paper and cardboard is still a great resource to use and is also a great class on how to work with the material. They also provide a template pattern in the video description so you can also follow along at home. If you have ever been curious on how cosplayers can make great pieces using paper and cardboard or would just like to learn about the process of paper-maché click on the four part videos below!
What are your experiences with paper mache? Do you agree its just as good as foam? Tell us in the comments below!