EVA foam is a wonderful material for beginner cosplayers to experiment with making armour.
– It’s really cheap so you don’t need to worry about wasting product if you make a mistake.
– You can use almost any adhesive on it.
– It doesn’t require any specialty tools (heatgun can be helpful, but isn’t necessary).
– You don’t require any dedicated work space for it; you can make your armour on your living room floor (but don’t tell your mum I said that)
The only major downside to EVA is that it’s quite weak so you’ll probably only get a couple of wears out of it before it starts to break. So make sure you photoshoot all that hard work once it’s done.
(Hover mouse over images for tutorial instructions and click for full image)