So you want to make some props for your next costume. You have looked up online tutorials and whenever they mention the materials they probably say this: “you can find blank at your local Walmart.” Well we don’t have Walmart in Qatar! That is where this post comes in. I will be giving you tips on where to find different materials for your cosplaying pleasure.
Let’s start with the basics, armor made from craft foam. Ibn Al Qayyim has you covered when it comes to craft foam sheets in many thicknesses. For small basic armor pieces you might get the thinner types while the thicker ones are good for big pieces.
Left to right: 8 mm, 4 mm and 2 mm thick craft foam
They also sell Xacto knifes with replacement blades for foam cutting. As well as self-healing cutting mats, which are a good investment in the long run.
Self healing cutting mat.
Next you will need a method to attach your different pieces together. For this you have two good options, a hot glue gun (con: it will leave very obvious seams on your armor piece) or contact cement (con- not very easy to find). You can find a hot glue gun everywhere in Qatar, from Carfoure to Ibn Al Qayyim to Jarir. I will have another post later with tips on using a hot glue gun to make a staff out of craft foam. For the contact cement, which is a type of glue not concrete :P, you might be able to find it at Ace hardware store in Doha Festival City once it opens up, I also once found it at Megamart.
Then you will want to reinforce your armor so that it holds its shape and stays durable. For that you will need Modge Podge as well as muslin fabric. Modge Podge can always be found in Jarir, I would recommend the mat variety for this step as well as for sealing your foam, while the gloss type is best for the finishing layer after painting. As for the muslin fabric, there are many fabric stores in Souq Al-Jabor next to Souq Waqif.
Left: Modge Podge (Matt and gloss varieties) Right: Muslin Fabric
Feel free to ask about anything I missed in the comments.