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** Costume Assembly & Prop making Essentials **

Post by GetzJedi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:24 am

This is the thread to share details (pictures preferred) of materials and tools that are often used in costume assembly & prop making, and suggested places to get them in Singapore...

Stay on target for this thread and start new threads for queries... Off Topics will be given the Alderaan treatment... :twisted:
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Amazing GOOP Contact Adhesive & Sealant

Post by GetzJedi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:55 am

The adhesive prop makers swear by... Amazing GOOP Contact Adhesive & Sealant

Made in the USA by Eclectic Products Inc. There are different types of GOOP to match different purposes. The one shown in the pictures is the Sport & Outdoor GOOP meant for materials such as ABS, PVC and Fiberglass.

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HOME-FIX DIY Stores

Retail Price
SGD8.90 for 110 ml tube
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Cyanoacrylate (CA) Adhesive

Post by GetzJedi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:06 am

Strong adhesive for hard plastics and resin... Bonds in seconds... Can be purchased with a bottle of accelerator that provides an immediate bond...

Various brands exist... One of them is Holdtite from England.

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Xenomorph Collectables
Blk 231 Bain Street #03-43
Bras Basah Complex
Singapore 180 231


Retail Price
Adhesive - SGD6.50 for 20 g
Accelerator - SGD8 (size as shown in picture)
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Two Part Adhesive Putty

Post by GetzJedi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:26 am

Commonly-used as a sealant and for detailing work.

Various brands exist... One of the recommended brands is Alteco A+B EpoPutty which has a 'powerful adherence to wet, dry and moist surfaces'. When hardened, the putty can be drilled, filed, sanded and painted over.

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Homely Hardware Pte Ltd
1 Ubi Crescent
341 Changi Rd (Changi Branch)
1 Lok Yang Way #9A (Jurong Branch)

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SGD18 for 500 g pack
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Blind Rivets & Riveter

Post by GetzJedi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:34 am

For somewhat temporary but strong linkages between materials. The Hand Riveter is usually able to accommodate rivets of varying sizes and the rivets are sold separately in packs.

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Kak Guan Hardware & Electric Trading
Blk 302 Ubi Ave 1 #01-21/23

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From SGD12.50
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Heavy Duty Press Fasterners

Post by GetzJedi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:25 pm

For temporary linkages between hard and soft parts. Often used for straps and harnesses in armoured costumes. Also known as 'snaps'.

It'd be best to purchase the snaps along with the tools to connect them. You'll need a hammer for this.

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Spotlight
Plaza Singapura SC
68 Orchard Road

Art Friend
391 Orchard Rd #04-20M (Takashimaya)

Retail Price
Birch Heavy Duty Press Fastener Kit
SGD12.95 with tools for 15 sets
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Krylon Fusion Paint For Plastic

Post by GetzJedi » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:10 am

Krylon Fusion Spray Paint For Plastic

Krylon Fusion is a highly recommended spray paint for most plastics and even hard vinyl in the costuming circle in the States... It dries in 15 minutes or less with no sanding or priming required...

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Art Friend
231 Bain Street #03-33
Bras Basah Complex
Singapore 180231

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SGD14+ per can
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Post by mosske » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:33 am

Here's the brand of velcro I highly recommend - the original Velcro brand. So far its adhesive seems the most resilient to our local heat and humidity. I've tried a couple of other cheaper brands and even 3M and they all seem to fall apart at some point. Velcro brand however, I haven't had any problems with so far. Most, if not all of our troopers are using this brand.

It comes in 2 grades - Regular and Industrial. Both come in black and white...you may need either or both colors depending on your need. If you are doing a stormtrooper for example, you will need both colors.

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The Regular type is sold by the foot and comes with 'hook'(rough) and 'loop'(soft wooly) sides together. Width is 0.75".

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The Industrial grade is also sold by the foot, however the 'hook' is a different type supposed to command a stronger, more secure hold. The 'loop' portion seems the same as the Regular though. This grade is more expensive than the Regular and comes wider at 2".
What alot of us do is to buy the Industrial grade velcro, and slice it in half length-wise down the middle. Each foot would then yield 2 feet of 1" wide velcro that you can use. It ends up cheaper that way instead of buying the Regular.

You can get this from any HomeFix stores.
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Post by GetzJedi » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:35 am

To polish plastics and remove scratches from them...

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Homely Hardware Pte Ltd
1 Ubi Crescent
341 Changi Rd (Changi Branch)
1 Lok Yang Way #9A (Jurong Branch)

Retail Price
NOVUS 1 (237ml bottle) : SGD27.82
NOVUS 2 (237ml bottle) : SGD15.52
NOVUS 3 (237ml bottle) : SGD18.73
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