Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:38 AM
Cons of cloth: Harder to fasten, will have seams every 1.5 yd or so (depending on original fabric length), frays or has seams on edges, likely to be uneven width, slippage, will smell kind of bad after a bit, pins holding may poke, likely to have visible fastening,
Pros of tape: fastens easily, stays in place, uniform width, easy to reapply, fresh with every application, multi-purpose, reasonably priced if used infrequently
Cons of tape: weird, sticky/sweaty sensation, may chafe, may pull hair coming off, non-reuseable, requires prewrap/gauze at edges
Assuming you get cheap fabric, it will run you about $0.25 to $0.75 per yard of bandaging, and cheap tape will cost approximately $0.30 per yard.
If you go the athletic tape route, get prewrap of some sort or some gauze, because athletic tape loves to chafe and has a sharp enough edge to cut. You don't need a ton of prewrap, unless you're extremely hairy and sensitive
This post has been edited by The Forumcat: 09 December 2011 - 08:47 AM
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 09:41 AM
Prewrap everything the tape will touch (just one layer; this stuff can be pretty expensive). Then put the athletic tape over it. When you're done with cosplay for the day, you just cut it off with scissors.
I've used fabric before for wraps and its kind of a pain, but like Forumcat said, it is reusable. If you go the fabric route, cutting the fabric at a 45 degree angle will make your "tape" more stretchy. Sew strips together and iron the seam flat to minimize the appearance of the seam. If you cut with the grain of the cloth, its not going to flex around as easily.