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Post By Icarus. 19/06/10, 05:45 pm

Anyone have any ideas/suggestions on how to do raised detail on fabric?
I was thinking of cutting the shapes out of craft foam, painting it then attaching it to the costume, would that work? And what sort of adhesive should I use?

I wanna explore my options before I do anything, like I've seen people use hot glue to 'draw' out detail on armour, does that work for fabric? (the fabric I'm using is cotton drill)
I don't trust 3-D paint, tried it before it wasn't consistent enough/barely anything would come out of the tube one minute, then it'd dump a huge glomp of paint everywhere the next, and I REALLY don't wanna risk that with white fabric.

Any help is appreciated, thanks~~~
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Re: Raised Detail on fabric
Post By Guest. 19/06/10, 06:05 pm

I'm too tired to google it, but there is a technique that quilters use. The example I remember reading is a dragon to go on a fantasy scene - you cut out a dragon thats printed on a fabric, with a wide margin (like a 2 inch margin). Then you put a layer of batting behind it, and a layer of fabric behind that. Then you sew through all three layers, adding whatever details you want, and then do a satin-stitch around the outside of the dragon. Then you cut the dragon out, and attach it wherever you want it.

I'm not sure what kind of detail you want, but there is a lot of info out there for doing 3D stuff for quilts, try googling that.

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Post By Rowan. 19/06/10, 07:51 pm

@u_ne_korn: is that applique? That sounds like it would work well if it's a solid design you want - if it's just outlines then a satin stitch?

Hot glue is a smarmy wrench to paint (the paint rubs off easily, at least I found), although it doesn't go bubbly like other glue does. A fabric glue would probably be a good bet if you went the craft foam route.
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Post By Mischa. 19/06/10, 08:17 pm

I find spray glue works well with craft foam and it's easy to get a nice even coating.
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Post By Icarus. 20/06/10, 03:00 am

you guys are up late lol but thanks for the advice~!

so with the fabric glue and spray glue it doesn't easily come off? I need to attach 50+ mini wings and crosses onto a coat and cloak.

oh and also, what about indenting craft foam? Any tips on that? I've looked around on some tuts but it just goes over my head sweatdrop
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Re: Raised Detail on fabric
Post By Mischa. 20/06/10, 03:16 am

I pressed hard with a ball point pen to put details on this: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2500951/
a quick-unpick can also work, but I found I acidently "ripped" the foam

Can you show us a picture of the effect you are aiming for?
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Post By Icarus. 20/06/10, 03:37 am

ahh, the other web sites didn't have images to go with the instructions so I got lost, Thanks Mischa~~!

it's for this wallet rapist
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the base is done, just gotta start on the gold crap lol
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Post By Rowan. 20/06/10, 03:42 am

Fabric glue is what I always use to glue velcro and stuff on (although at Wellygeddon this year I think my glue was too old so it took ages to set argh), and it works fine. Mischa's suggestion of spray glue is really good! I need to look into that stuff myself. I remember the '07 Auckgeddon best in show group included a Harley Quinn (from Batman) and she used spray glue to attach spandex diamonds to her spandex bodysuit and it worked really well.
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Re: Raised Detail on fabric
Post By Guest. 20/06/10, 11:37 am

The stuff I'm talking about is more like a very little quilt than applique. You can get very good 3D effects from it. You could use kind of combine my idea with applique - Make a samwich of batting and gold fabric and applique it onto your white.
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Post By Admin. 20/06/10, 11:58 am

@u_ne_korn: Not to high-jack Icarus's thread, but would the thing you're talking about work for the designs on Ewen's pants?

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Re: Raised Detail on fabric
Post By Guest. 20/06/10, 01:20 pm

@Admin:
I think it would, but it would be a "if you mess it up you'll waste a lot of fabric" job. If I was going to use it for that I'd get one BIG bit of fabric the same colour as the pants leg fabric and draw out the entire design on it. You could draw on the right side of the fabric so long as you're accurate, cos you'll satin stitch over the lines. Attach this drawn-on fabric to a layer of batting - using the stuff for Applique (I call it Vlisoflix but I think thats just one brand), or a heavyduty pinning enterprise. Maybe some tacking stitches, long loose stitches. I've not used the technique myself, so adding a third layer that can be appliqued properly at the back might be easier, it's just it would be thicker as well. Cut out the holes (where I've marked "Pant leg" on the interior of the design) but only roughly. Sating stich all the way around the interior holes, cut excess. Attach to pant-leg (maybe just pin, because Vlisoflix is only intended to hold the fabric in place while you sew anyway) and satin stitch around the exterior. Alternatively, you could go all the way around the outside BEFORE you attach to the leg, and use some other method to attach - hand stitching, fabric glue, whatever.
Like I said, if you mess it up, you'll have wasted a tonne of fabric. But if you pull it off you'll get a raised design on the leg thats not heavy, wont flake off (unless your satin-stitch comes undone) and looks good. Hopefully. Practice your satin-stitch
***DISCLAIMER*** have never used technique, no idea how tricky it is in real life, only read about it!
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Post By Icarus. 20/06/10, 01:41 pm

hi-jack away~~ I'm interested in hearing more about this stuff~~
will be veery useful for later costumes, thanks for the help~~!
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