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Joined: 22-June 08
| GLOSSARYOF TERMS
- Generally means any robot part, though it's usually used in reference to surface pieces
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- The ability to move, or articulate, in a costume
- The extent to which one has retained flexibility while in costume
- A special kind of spray paint that mimics car finish
- See Spray Paint
- A garment, or several garments, that are form fitting; usually black and worn under a costume, though it can be different colors and used as part of the costume itself
- A polyester resin product that when mixed with a hardener (an organic peroxide), or catalyst, turns into a putty which then sets and becomes rock-hard
- Can be sanded, primed, and painted
- See Fiberglass
- A heavy-duty paper-based product sometimes made by pasting together two or more layers of paper
- See Gumtape
- A paper stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than other forms of paperboard
- Usually used to make patterns and mock-ups
- See Mock-up
- Usually refers to a robot's or vehicle's body as a whole
- A type of paperboard generally made from reclaimed paper stock
- A bright mirror finish used to give the impression of polished metal
- A type of foam used in making armor pieces
- The armor covering the anterior and posterior of a robot
- The armor covering the entire hip region of a robot
- Thin glass tubes encased in acrylic that emit a very bright light when a current is passed through them; useful for incorporating into optics and other light accents
- Comes in varying colors and lengths; they are high efficiency, long life, and do not produce noticeable heat
- Full term is "cold cathode florescent lamp", or "CCFL"
- A corrugated plastic, similar in construction to thick cardboard. Can be used as a base of construction, or as a finished material. It is light, durable, inexpensive, and easy to use. Comes in a rainbow of colors.
- Catch-all term for a type of hand held rotary cutter, similar to the pneumatic die grinders used in the metalworking industry by tool or moldmakers
- An appropriate bit (or burr) can be inserted to perform drilling, grinding, sharpening, cutting, cleaning, polishing, sanding, routing, carving and engraving
- Short for Electroluminescent
- Source of cool, low-power light without glare; they are very thin and can be produced in a variety of colors
- Used as a reinforcing agent for many polymer products, predominantly epoxy or polyester resin
- Can be sanded and painted
FoamiesFoam BoardFoam RubberFun FoamFunky FoamGloss
- Very strong, lightweight and easily cut material used for the mounting of photographic prints, backing in picture framing, in 3D design, and in painting
- Consists of three layers: inner layer of polystyrene clad with outer facing of either a white claycoated paper or plain black paper
- A shiny surface finish; resembles plastic more than metal
- Superficial surface details that provide no structural support to a costume
- Wikipedia article
- Made from starch or sometimes animal glue (gelatine) based adhesive on a paper backing
- Predominantly used for closing and sealing boxes and casings
- Generally used to provide support for particularly heavy or oversized armor pieces
- The part of the armor that covers the head and/or face
- A non-robot cosplay of a robot character; usually incorporates appropriately colored clothing, accessories, and choice armor pieces
- Usually refers to an enclosed joint of the robot body, whether or not the wearer's actual joint is inside
- A costume made from household odds and ends, or "junk"
- Pieces of a robot's alt mode that are visible in their robot mode
- Tissue fabric with a distinctive metallic sheen that is useful for making optics or other "bright" costume parts in place of electronic set-ups
- Pronounced "luh-MAY"
- An electronic light source that can be powered with battery packs; they have many uses in mecha cosplay: accent lighting, weapons, optics, etc.
- Short for "light-emitting diode"
- May have use in cosplay as closures, fasteners, or for the superficial attachment of kibble/greebles to armor pieces
- See Kibble
- A flat, non-reflective finish
- A shiny, metal-like finish; usually with a slight sparkle effect
- A lightweight foam used in costume making. Comes in many colors, densities, and sheet sizes. Has soft and pliable properties, however is resilient and will hold shape.
- A preliminary prototype or model of a costume piece, usually made from cardstock
- A type of foam used in making armor pieces
- A kind of closure that is useful for making harnesses; it is small, low-profile, and easy to open and close
- A durable and oftentimes lightweight material used in costume building; comes in many weights, thicknesses, colors, and finishes; thin sheets can be cut with scissors and secured with super glue, but heavier varieties may require more specialized tools and treatments
- A light, durable, and flexible foam that is ideally suited for rig-building
- Sheets come in many dimensions and colors, can be covered in a variety of fabrics and finishes, easy to cut and glue, reasonably priced when purchased from specialty stores
- Preliminary drawings and designs
- A layer of PVC plastic adhered to polyester fabric; comes in many colors, textures, and weights
- Certain kinds are useful in the vinyl over foam method of construction
- A full-body costume that is made from more solid materials: plastic, fiberglass, cardboard, closed-cell foams, etc.
- Paint in an aerosol can that is released as a fine mist; if used properly, it can create a smooth, even coat of color on just about any surface
- A full-body costume that is made from soft materials: generally fabrics and/or soft foams
- A very stretchy fabric that is either polyester or a polyester/cotton blend; comes in a myriad of colors
- Lycra is a brand name associated with this material
- Short for Polystyrene
- It is a common thermoplastic that is white in color, and comes in many different thicknesses
- Useful for vacuu-forming and for covering armor pieces, among other things
- An open-cell foam is a very soft foam used for padding armor pieces and creating softie costumes; it comes in many thicknesses and can be carved
VinylVinyl Over Foam
- The process of heat forming a flat material, usually styrene, with a vacuum table to create hollow positive impressions from positive moulds. Most commonly used in the construction of Storm Trooper costumes.
- The method of armor-making that involves covering foam forms with PVC vinyl fabric to achieve a plastic or painted metal look. Most popular with Japanese mecha cosplayers.
VolaraANATOMY OF A COSTUME
Member No.: 38
Joined: 30-September 08
I'd replace Articulating with Articulation, just to keep it in line with the rest of the terms.
I take it this is just an in-group glossary, not Google bait?
Hmm... should the assorted materials be subclassified just under "materials", I wonder...
Do you want tool names, like Dremel, scissors, wire snips...?
I guess if we're going to be fancy, we could throw in things like headlights, LEDs, voice changers, sound effects, mechatronics etc.
Ooo, don't forget magnets in the materials list. There's a lot of stuff which can be done with point or strip magnets. For starters, they're great at holding panels firmly closed and guns to half-holsters. Combined with pingpong balls or smaller plastic spheres, they're also good for making panels and parts seek and lock into a particular position without manual assistance.
Springs of various kinds can help, too. Also fishing wire, very small pulleys or bits of teflon with holes in them, solenoids and other electronics, battery systems, cooling fans, ice packs and freezable gel packs, and assorted automotive sprays like paint, chrome, sealer etc. (For the appearance.)
Group: Second In Command
Member No.: 3
Joined: 23-June 08
|Do you want tool names, like Dremel, scissors, wire snips...?|
I like this idea though maybe we should make a "Materials Glossary" and a "Tools Glossary" and a "Construction Glossary" as well as a "General Terms Glossary" just to keep everything cleaner. Or we could just separate the main glossary into different parts.
|hould we have a image with a body and different basic robot parts on it and mark them in different colors and write what they are called? Many tend to ask what is what when I talk about how I make my costumes and such, I think they find it rather confusing |
Member No.: 156
Joined: 1-November 09
You can add zip ties to that list. I don think i saw it there. if you make holes in two pieces and use zip ties to bind them tegether its very strong.
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