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How to Add Magnets to Your Armor [Video]

Whoa, a wild video tutorial has appeared! My Wrath Sonya cosplay was mostly held together by magnets. It was my first time using them and since it did one hell of a job holding my armor together, I’d love to share it with you guys! Also I apologize in advance if I’m not very good at…explaining things.

I would also like to point out a few other things that I might’ve not mention in the video:

  • In this tutorial, I am using EVA foam as the base. I’m sure it is possible to install magnets to Worbla as I’ve seen a few pictures of them in the past, but I have yet to test that out myself. If anyone has manged to pull it off with Worbla, please let me know! I would love to know the process for that.
  • While magnets are clearly awesome, the combination of using magnets AND velcro would really provide a super secure cosplay.
  • It is possible for a magnet to just detach itself. For Wrath Sonya, I used about a total of 20 magnets and only ONE of them had given me a bit of a hard time (before the event not during). The main reason for that is it was originally glued on the wrong side so I had to use a lobster fork (you read that right) to dig out the stubborn thing and then re-glued it back to the correct side. I guess it was really never the same since. :-/
  • Keeping the previous point in mind, I would always carry super glue with me in case a magnet went loose. Thankfully, it didn’t happen when I wore it to BlizzCon for the entire day. You can never be too safe though!
  • Magnets are great if you don’t want your cosplay to show any straps!
  • Never use refrigerator magnets. Those are what I’d like to call weak sauces. I use Neodymium which is a type of magnet.
  • I buy my magnets here and here
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5 Comments

  1. Hi! I bookmarked this tutorial a while ago because it’s just so genius. But just now when I revisited it, the Amazon links aren’t working anymore! Would you be able to point me towards what kind of magnets they were? Thank you!

    • Tiff Tiff

      Hi Courtney!

      Of course! Try looking up:

      1/2 x 1/8 Inch Disc Neodymium N48
      1 x 1/4 x 1/4 Inch Neodymium N48

  2. ErkZ ErkZ

    Random zombie post. The magnet links are dead. Do you happen to have a brand name?

  3. Miku Hatsune Miku Hatsune

    Another zombie post, what is the strength of the magnets?

    Also, do you recommend ceramic magnets?

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