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An Introduction to Costume and Armour Making With Worbla


Sat 6 Aug 2016, 10:30am–1:30pm
Sun 14 Aug 2016, 10:30am–1:30pm
Sun 28 Aug 2016, 10:30am–1:30pm

Where: Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery, 223 The Esplanade Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: R13

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  • Sunday Admission: $51.18 ea ($47.00 + $4.18 fees)
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Listed by: Capital Steampunk

Widely used throughout the film and cosplay industry, Worbla is a versatile and easy-to-use non-toxic thermoplastic that can be finished to look like metal, wood, leather and other materials. Light and strong, it can be used to make everything from full sets of armour through to weapons, corsets, headdresses or helmets.

This three-hour workshop covers:

What is Worbla?
- An introduction to the different types of Worbla and their applications.

Equipment and safety.

Basic skills:
- Heating, moulding and bonding.
- Strengthening pieces (the ‘sandwich’ method).
- Seaming methods.

Detailing and decoration:
- Relief detailing.
- Sculpting.
- Carving.
- Additional / advanced detailing techniques.

Design and draft pattern for a bracer/forearm armour/arm gadget
- Craft and detail armour piece.

Fixings and Fastenings
- Different methods of fixings.
- How to select a fixing method.

Finishing techniques
- Priming.
- Painting.
- Advanced painting / finishing techniques.

Charlotte Kelleher is a costume designer specialising in high fantasy and science fiction pieces. She brings with her more than 15 years’ experience using a wide range of materials such as metal, wool, leather and thermoplastics. Recently named New Zealand ambassador for Worbla, she looks forward to demonstrating how this versatile new material can bring fantastical armour, costume and gadget concepts to life. For more information or to find examples of Charlotte’s work please visit her on Instagram @ckfilmdesign.

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