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automail from cloth - tutorial by k-ee-ran automail from cloth - tutorial by k-ee-ran
This is just one method of making cosplay automail. There are many other options, variations, and different techniques that may or may not work better for you, depending on your budget, skill set, amount of free time, desired result.
You are always free to post any ideas, questions, or alternate methods of making automail. The more resources we all have, the better! :)


requested by ~Akastuki-sensei
a tutorial for the automail made for ~bloodyjackfaber's Ed Elric cosplay

if anything isn't explained in the tutorial [and I tried to cover EVERYTHING... x_x ], feel free to ask any questions. :]

how many bottles of fabric paint did you use?
I believe about 4 silver, 2 black [of the 2-oz size].

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if you make automail using this tutorial, please post a link to your finished result! I'd love to see what you made. :dance:

1/31/10 EDIT: a DD?! O__O :faint:
well, THAT was completely unexpected. . . . but I'm really glad you guys are finding this tutorial helpful! ^^
thanks to all of you~~and especially to `Hanratty-Stock & ^Nyiana-Sama!! :hug:

Anime Detour 2011 edit: BJ was wearing her automail glove [the same one featured in this tutorial] around Detour this year, and a random passerby said to their friend--"look! it's like the tutorial online!" xD
Amusing as this was, it was a little weird to have someone recognize our automail-glove design from a dA post I made now-years ago. o_o;;
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Given 2010-01-31
Nyiana-Sama said "automail from cloth - tutorial by ~k-ee-ran This is the perfect tutorial for anyone who's ever thought about cosplaying as Edward Elric, but didn't have the money to buy an automail arm, and are not sure how to make it. This is a cost effective way to create automail that doesn't involve cutting cardboard!" ( Suggested by Nyiana-sama and Featured by UnicornReality )
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blackflower944 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
WOW this would work awesomely for more practical /walking aroung the convention cosplay ,because i have made foam auto mail and its  difficult to pick tiny things up
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kaibaceo Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
would a black glove work also?
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karkatkayla Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
OMFG THIS IS FREAKIN AWESOME
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MidnightHobbit Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG! I was there at Anime Iowa in 2009, I have a friend that used to live there despite me being in CA. I don't remember seeing you though but AWESOME tutorial!

Anyway, I found this off :iconmizuki-chinatsu: in her picture: www.deviantart.com/art/Why-I-O…
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AmetrineAngel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to show this to my friend who is going to the Nagu-con as Edward. hope we can pull this off. she's got everything but the automail. she doesn't even need a wig or contacts because she is pretty much a natural Ed.
awesome job by the way.
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Ravenhowl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
going to try this for my Misty Kmight cosplay
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Woodenbattery Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! i need to do this! where did u get the glove from??
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Ryua Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I admit I was skeptical about how good this could look, but this is actually pretty awesome.
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FallingBlossoms Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Artist
Whoah, how long did this take? It looks awesome!
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Silentwolf2485 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssss! Finally I can get some help for my next years cosplay!
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Salaura Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder if I could alter the paint for a more steampunk version..
Thanks for the inspiration!
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JenLuvzU100 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
This... Is... AMAZING!!!
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question about the black fabric marker: What do we use that for? o.o
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LadyDemona Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I'll try this
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starsailor5 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! I have been looking everywhere for a tutorial like this! I'm cosplaying as edward at a convention that's coming up, imma use dis tutorial thank you sooo much!
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JohnnyPenn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think in the future I'll use your tutorial for making my own Automail. It looks pretty easy to do.
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strawberrysanddog Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! seems way easier than cutting AND painting cardboard! but i think i'll stick to it though. I couldn't even draw a smiley face ;-;
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horsegrl1234 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!! I GOTTA TRY THAT!!!!!
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Koichi-Chan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Wow, awesome! It's made from cloth but it looks so much more realistic than my selfmade automail xD
Really, really awesome ^^
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westen182 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Going to try and use this :D I am making a Edward cosplay and this seems like the fastest way to make automail XD

If you don't mind me asking... DO you know of any stores where I could get an elbow length white glove?
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JiNXtheNightmaren Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I would try either a bridal store or ebay. :D
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puellaignava Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Gonna use this for me FemEd cosplay :3 Well, hopefully, lol, I've gotten a late start on it ;-;
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well, I hope you can still finish it anyhow! ^^
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puellaignava Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm using this for the leg, too (not the pattern, just the idea and technique). started on it today. Cloth is a bitch to pain DDDx
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
if you're using cloth automail for the leg, I'm not sure how far you've already gotten into your project, but I'd recommend getting toe socks to sew onto your automail leg, so you can have the foot with the leg

just remember to wear shoes when you don't have a photoshoot or something, so you don't get the bottom of your automail all dirty >.>;
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puellaignava Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, WAY latee reply, I am so sorry DDDD;
I finished it already, just went down to just below the calf, I have boots that cover up my foot and such. Thanks for the tip stuff though!!!!!!
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lightfallprince93 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Now that would take a lot of time, but it looks easy and affordable!
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it took me about ~16 hours, which from my perspective isn't all that long ^^; it's lasted for years thus far, so I think the time investment is worth it :)
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lightfallprince93 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
It seems like something worth working into. I'm looking forth to making Lan fan's mask from a mask store.
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Andira-W-R Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I will probably use this for my sisters Vriska Serket arm :)
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hurray! :)
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Andira-W-R Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
:)
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lexoskeleton Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I want an entire costume made for live shows im doing. This great! Email me at lexoskeleton@gmail.com
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry, but I'm not doing commissions for automail or costumes. ^^; the only thing I'm making for sale are Millennium items (from Yu-Gi-Oh)
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smd1124 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hello answer to budget problem.
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
glad to help :)
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mizuki-chinatsu Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial! I had a blast making it!
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hurrays! :D glad it was fun to make ^_^
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soph276 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Thank you, thank you, thank you soooooo much for posting this. I am cosplaying Ed Elric in October and this has just saved me. The detail of it is just incredible! XD
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad I could help! :D thanks so much.
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kagomeotilia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
i'm astonished. you're a genius.
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow..thank you very much :blush: :)
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Awesomeface4535 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
thank sooooooooo mmuch
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no worries! ^^; I'm really glad you liked the tutorial
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MetalFan200 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My gloves ust arrived this very moment.. ^^" I do have one question before I begin though ... The elastic .. is it sewed on the tanktop underneath the white shirt? or is it sewed on the back and the front of the white shirt ... like .. the elastic is underneath the armpit, from front till back? If you get my idea.. ^^"
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aaah, sorry to get back to you so late! O-O;; ;__;

we sewed the elastic to the white shirt. it's to help keep the white shirt on {since it's had an arm/shoulder cut off}
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MetalFan200 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
haha okk thanks ^^
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ArisenBlue Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
I'm not even a fan of FMA, but this is just fantastic.
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k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks very much! ^_^ :hug:
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