Just curious if anyone here has by chance worked with our Wonderflex thermoplastic material in the making of armor. I helped develop this material years ago from the manufacturing and industrial side of things along with Fosshape, another heat activated product, then intoduced them to Dazian Fabrics www.dazian.com
Heres a finished example of Wonderflex made armor in this link....
If anyone wants more info or swatches to experiment with ....let me know.
The Thermoman of Dazian
The only plastics I have seen used by folks making armor for SCA fighting have be sections of Kydex (spelling questionable) barrels as stand-ins for steel plate. The plastic is thicker than steel, but lighter than a plate of steel which could provide an equivalent degree of impact resistance. Some folks think the trade-off of bulk for weight is worth it. I haven't tried it so I can't venture an opinion on it.
I believe that most people here make combat wearable armor not fantasy stage costumes.
How well would this stuff hold up against live steel of SCA rattan weapons in a full contact fight? Does it have any protective properties?
"live steel of SCA rattan "
should read : live steel or SCA rattan
Working in the entertainment industry, I've vaccuformed many armour pieces using ABS or Styrene.
How does Wonderflex compare?
Thats a beautiful picture. I'm a huge Linsner fan and love Dawn to pieces.
But that's not armor.
Wonderflex can be vac formed, but most users work free hand or form it over a form or with positive/negative molds. It's a thermoplastic and very resilient, but not sure about real life combat armor use. Although it's only about 1/16" thick, it can be layered up to become thicker and more structural as it bonds well to itself with heat as it has its own built-in adhesive. If anyone wants a couple of swatches to experiment with, just provide me a mailing address off line and I would be glad to send them along.