For more technical details see .. You’d be better with house mainly cardboard and balsa wood for the shingles. Floracraft-Smooth Styrofoam Ball. For example fabric will become rigid and almost ‘resin-hard’ if soaked with it and the manufacturer recommends it for outdoor sculpture. After a while sanding will get smoother as one gets used to how the material reacts to the tool. These ideas to make Styrofoam crafts use Styrofoam sheets, blocks, eggs and balls. Floracraft-Smooth Styrofoam Ball. Master Card. The only sure way of identifying it is finding the letters ‘MuPVC’ as part of the printed info along the side of the pipe, but also if the pipe is referred to by the store as ‘Solvent Weld’ it’s very likely to be MuPVC. I chanced upon this method of making almost perfect holes in rigid foam after I was asked about the best way to do the same in cake .. making holes to take tube supports between storeys of a wedding cake! Available in a variety of shapes and sizes you are sure to find the perfect piece for all of your needs! I use foil so the glue doesn't stick. I waited a little more than two hours, during which the glue had expanded .. as the manufacturer says .. 3-4 times in volume. The large sizes of polystyrene ball are ideal for making lollipop trees etc … Thank you so much for posting your process, its gold!!! Any tips on what I can cover the foam with to fill in the craters and create a smooth, paintable surface to salvage my work? I sell sheets and blocks of Dow Styrofoam LB-H that i have cut to convenient sizes. I have composite forms made many years ago which have been well-used as teaching examples and show no signs of coming apart! I make things with polymer modified concrete and often use Styrofoam for the cavities. The half teaspoonful was sufficient to give a strong colour to c. 50g of Vaseline when I added this to it, but one could use far less pigment. ( Log Out /  Composite forms in styrofoam (or any rigid material for that matter) are best achieved by deconstructing the intended form into parts or layers to be worked on separately. Allow the Smooth Finish to dry completely, then using sandpaper lightly sand the entire surface. Then, using either sandpaper wrapped around a dowel or a round file, the thickness of the cut edge needs to be reduced to almost a point, as below. Pingback: Ilustracje do modeli przytorowych kolejki ogrodowej | Piotr Bein's blog = blog Piotra Beina. I paint the styrofoam ball with glue mixture, then smooth on a torn piece of tissue paper. To get a smooth, right-angled edge on the form I’ve fashioned yet another ‘custom’ tool .. this time sandpaper fixed to a short length of Pvc pipe which has been sliced at a right-angle. It is content like this that makes the internet a tremendous asset to us all. This time I am making props for our schools upcoming Christmas production. 1/10/2015 I hadn’t even considered epoxy resin glue with styrofoam because I’d just assumed it would dissolve the surface as polyester resin does .. one really shouldn’t assume anything! I chose this brand because of its low viscosity, designed to cure even in very thin sections. So when you are doing web searches for ‘styrofoam’ make sure you know which material is being talked about before you take any advice on board. .and at the end, sand down the edges to make it as smooth and round as possible: This entry was posted in Special Techniques by Julie McGuffee . If you don't care if the ball is *exactly* round, you should be able to just basically cut it from all sides with a serrated knife, or hot wire cutter if you have one, to remove a lot at once . Drape cheese cloth over top and spray with starch until hard. They were then painted with a thin coat of Polycell’s Fine Surface and left to dry for a day. The other small additions are shaped using much the same methods, starting with a base template to create blocks. .. a good coat of acrylic paint may suffice. First the outline of the ‘bowl’ needed to be marked on the surface. I haven’t tried it yet. Instead find the sub-section ‘Plastic pipe’ in ‘Heating & Plumbing’ which should show all the others, just described as ‘solvent weld’. Step 1: Cover the styrofoam ball with fabric. I don't know that they are available in as many sizes and styrofoam. Perfect for craft projects, floral projects and more! The most reliable way of gluing separate styrofoam parts together is to use a special ‘foam friendly’ glue such as UHU Por. half a minute, before the two pieces are firmly pressed together. Because of its smooth … They usually can’t be laid on too thickly otherwise they can take an age to harden, and it may take a few goes to fill a deep repair properly. Pearl beads, tassel balls and tassels. 17. 7/02/2018 Trylon makes a water-based adhesive for gluing their ‘modelfoam’ (just a standard extruded polystyrene, in other words .. at 90 degrees to the pipe length, as above. Ok .. not styrofoam, too chunky for those! As you probably know, the two are significantly different, even though they originate from the same material! It is a long-established practice amongst carpenters and, in more recent times, restorers to neatly excise a damaged area .. i.e. I’ve shown how one could tackle concaves in the article .. again, surely?! It will not impart the same degree of toughness when painted on styrofoam because it doesn’t infiltrate far into the surface, but a couple of coats using Paverpol will be stronger than either regular Pva or acrylic alone. glitter. This package contains six 2-1/2 inch Styrofoam balls… The polystyrene balls are not porous, so are easier to paint. oz. I've used different foam balls based on the type of ornament pattern I'm doing. The type of insulation material available varies a lot from country to country, as one would expect even in these ‘global’ times. Perfect for craft projects, floral projects and more! Craft Balls has been a trusted source of official Styrofoam Balls for over 23 years! The much better way to do it .. patching in with the same material .. is illustrated below. Major repairs or alterations to styrofoam forms. I painted these with Humbrol matt enamel, which is thin enough not to clog surface detail or add any additional texture but opaque enough for a rich and streak-free coverage. On the home Depot link it shows Loctite PL300 10 fl. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. For example, the pigment will stain a porous prototype, so you have to bear this in mind if you want to keep it or if it’s an object of value. You can also use elmers glue to coat the styrofoam ball in. It makes the model easier to paint. The info has been added to/modified over time .. one of the main advantages of this form of writing over printed books. I did however leave them overnight before using them in a mold for a pour. Do you mean ‘model’ of trees and house? Just want to say David that I am humbled by the breadth of your knowledge and the quality of your work and again very grateful that you choose to share it with all of us! It is designed to transform XPS foam's crunchy cell structure into a smooth, paintable surface. When the styrofoam is smooth, if you'd like to you can spray on some primer. An idea might be to use Paverpol as a coating though .. perhaps with fine sand added ..or mixing with a powder filler such as talc will give it good filler properties? This is one of many base unit prototypes I’m making for a sculptural work which I can only describe by its working title .. ‘the ridiculously organic construction toy’! Oh, styrofoam works too, ... place a piece of fabric down and then brush over it to smooth it down. A real shame! Made from lightweight and porous Styrofoam, these balls are perfect and very easy to be used for multitudes of arts and crafts creations, molecular model building, kids craft, holiday decor or party decoration. The concaves for the eyes were started with a curved sanding tool, similar to the one used on the form featured above. You mention polyfilla. 28/2/2015 thanks to Nathan for the info that Lowes Home Improvement in the US does stock the blue styrofoam as an insulation material. Styrofoam for craft and other purposes can be ordered online in the UK from Panel Systems in Sheffield. slicing with sharp knives or a hot-wire cutter, sawing with serrated blades, rasping with files, and smoothing with sandpaper. Works very well but some sanding will still be required and sometimes filling in small indents (concrete translates the tiniest of indents). If you just want to try it, or you just need a small amount, and especially if you want to ‘pic’n’mix’ different thicknesses or types, 4D modelshop in London or online is the best option. Thanks for your answer, indeed it’s also used fo insulation and building materials suppliers but i was hoping you would have some tips or ‘good plans’ as the price they sale it is just too expensive !! Craft Balls has been a trusted source of official Styrofoam Balls for over 23 years! This spherical, lightweight foam shape is made from post-consumer plastic. ( Log Out /  Shipping and handling. possibly both nation wide suupliers. ‘Foamular’ is available from Home Depot in the US, in ¼ “ ½ “ ¾ “ and 1” thicknesses for large sheets, or in this format: Maybe in this instance the two best options are .. either to get hold of some 2-part expanding polyurethane foam (rigid, not flexible); coat it quickly into the damaged areas and stretch sheet plastic (maybe tough clingfilm) over the surface to contain the expansion; once set, sand flat .. or fill the damaged areas with one of those very light, sandable fillers (i.e. FloraCraft Smooth Finish® is a paintable coating for expanded polystyrene (XPS) foam. There are many, many stud earrings on this ball … If you’re using styrofoam, once you’ve got the main shapes it’s much easier to do the fine details by scraping/sanding than carving. Very happy I found your site for a more compact overview – So far I have to put it all together by visiting message boards or youtube channels. Alright, so let’s get started. One just has to know how to manipulate it. I did not clamp the pieces. Thanks for the post. drainage or guttering pipes which are either brown or black. But the same applies with this as with double-sided tape .. the surfaces must be completely flat against each other and dust-free to bond strongly enough! Maybe it takes practice. .. the two surfaces have to be smooth and flat against each other; if these surfaces have been sanded to make them fit, all dust should be removed, ideally vacuumed using a brush attachment. But the surface will still be very susceptible to scratches or dents. The only problem is .. it’s very difficult to see where you’re applying it! Made of EPS foam which is a feather light material, making it great for sculptures, modeling, and projects. Here are the methods I’ve… Hi David – On its own Paverpol is quite viscous (a little more so than straight Pva glue usually is) but with careful brushing can be worked into a detailed surface without clogging it noticeably. Many styrofoam balls already have this line marked by the manufacturer. Acrylic paint will toughen the surface slightly, but by no means protect it from any handling, even if careful. I sanded away a broad channel, making sure that the bottom of it was flat and smooth. Foamboard VOC Adhesive in a caulking gun configuration. This means that the block doesn’t need to be perfectly accurate in width. I did some XPS sculpting for an art class. You Will Need: Supplies needed: 1. I cannot thank you enough, this has easily become my new favorite resource for teaching and learning new techniques for working with my favorite media. This is then removed. Cut the 2″ smooth foam balls in half using an Electric Styrofoam Cutter or a serrated knife works great for doing this. I will be reading it again a few times to learn as much as I can. I’ll need to cover this briefly first. No other I’ve tried works as well as this .. sticks well to anything, fairly quick drying, not too tough to sand etc. Plasteel Corp-Smoothfoam: The Crafter's Foam. EPS is much softer, more fragile and has coarser, larger ‘cells’. It is usually much harder and inflexible, making a seamless transition difficult. Im a carpenter/joiner and i use the blue “poly foam” sheets for ground insulation. But executed properly, decorating a styrofoam ball with smooth satin fabrics can yield an elegant homemade keepsake. That sounds a really useful tip re. As long as the plastic (or cardboard) is a little more resilient than the foam the difference will be felt once the edge is reached. It will probably fix the paint better but it won’t add any more strength. Like almost everything we use, styrofoam is not made for us makers specifically .. it is a roof insulation material, hence it’s not usual to find it in thicknesses less than 25mm or more than 100mm. Finally found Some ! If, because of the shape of the pieces, it is difficult to clamp without damaging the surface, masking tape or cling-film could be used to bind them together but these could give way a little and there may well some shifting as the foam expands. The resulting foam will expand to fill any gaps in the joint but the pieces must be held firmly in position while this is happening, otherwise they’ll be forced apart. It is molded from tiny beads into many shapes like polystyrene balls, bells, eggs, miniature fruit shapes and more. Have done so .. see my post ‘Cutting smooth holes in foam’ Jan 17. Thanks for the tip of using Gorilla glue to join pieces together. FloraCraft Smooth Finish is easy to apply with a spatula, putty knife or … It would be 1:25 scale, I’ve ordered a ruler, as suggested in your other great blog. There are other styrofoams, such as orange/pink or white, which are even finer and slightly denser. The real challenge lies in controlling the shape and especially, in this case, how one achieves concave forms. I was looking for better ways to cut foam and ended up building a hot wire cutter. Allow the coat to dry for four hours. A couple of paper balls and some fabric. In answer .. yes, I’ve tried Weldbond white Pva type glue in the past .. good, but just a regular form of strong Pva as far as I could tell. Like you mentioned with Gorilla glue, I also had to correct the alignment of the blocks a few times. I started hollowing out ‘by eye’ using another ‘customised’ sanding tool .. 60 grit sandpaper fixed to a piece of wooden dowel. Remember the snowmen bed spring nodders? It is molded from tiny beads into many shapes like polystyrene balls, bells, eggs, miniature fruit shapes and more. I made a ‘sanding former’ by gluing the strip onto the edge of a prepared shape, in this case a half-circle corresponding to the diameter of the ‘bowl’ I wanted. Thank you again! It should be sprayed on both sides to be joined (different to how it’s normally used), and it’s best to wait a little i.e. For Smoothfoam blocks, balls, and other dimensional shapes, a craft hot knife works the best. The box of diamond-coated bits below is from Rolson, found in Maplin, costing around £5.00 as I remember. This may look painstaking, but it wasn’t really .. it look a while, but the plastic sanded comfortably. I don’t know what fillers are available in the US. I am looking to model 4 identical sewing machines! resins etc. Foam Balls, Arts and Crafts Supplies (4 in, 12-Pack) 4.6 out of 5 stars 369. The solution is to colour it. Our foam balls … Polycell doesn’t appear to be sold here. The side edges are not parallel but a little tapered, so that a wedge-shaped block can be slid into position. To get an even, lump-free cream with water it’s best to ‘condition’ some of it first either in a bowl with a spoon or on a clean glass plate with a spatula or palette knife. Cut the 2″ smooth foam balls in half using an Electric Styrofoam Cutter or a serrated knife works great for doing this. HOW TO MAKE STYROFOAM CHOCOLATES: 1. I am probably going to make it for “Fences”. I used a little more than one 9 ft roll of 3/8″ wide ribbon. That said, I have been reading more and more of your site. Use gentle pressure to insure that you smooth the edges rather than distorting the shape of your ball. This was sufficient, although where possible it is always better to clamp the pieces together (sandwiched between flat pieces of wood to protect the styrofoam). Pingback: Model Making Materials | anyakordecki, Execellent !! I’ve found Ultratape ‘Rhino’ very reliable so far. Small, fluffy feathers. ‘Red Devil’ I’ve seen here, but also very cheap versions) because it won’t be too different from the Styrofoam surface. They will either be polypropylene (PP), ABS (a form of styrene), uPVC or MuPVC. The final treatment before painting was a careful sanding with a very coarse (60 grit) sandpaper which imparted a visible grain, softened with an overall rub using finer (240-300 grit) sanding cloth. Repeat, ... As you cover one side of the ball, let it dry. I had to correct the alignment of these blocks a few times before the foam stopped moving them. After this a second coat was applied and then a third, which was left as before. Regardless of which country you live in you should concentrate your search on suppliers of building materials but also suppliers of fibreglass supplies i.e. If the surface is going to be reasonably protected .. Paint over it with the glue mixture after you finish covering with paper, then let it dry. Nathan xxx, why? Use either feather type to cover a Styrofoam ball to use for any number of decorative craft projects. Firstly, the end needs to be cut and filed/sanded straight i.e. The next job is to file the ‘teeth’ and I would recommend using a small-size power drill and a diamond-coated bit .. if you have those things. For the same reason the best bond occurs between the slightly ‘skinned’ surfaces of the sheet as it comes. That’s a kind of totem isn’t it? I build RC planes/cars and mix Gorilla glue and carpenter’s glue in small batches when I’m ready to glue foam. Made from lightweight and porous Styrofoam, these balls are perfect and very easy to be used for multitudes of arts and crafts creations, molecular model building, kids craft, holiday dcor or party decoration. Especially if combined with careful sanding between each coat using a medium grit sandpaper (for example 120-200 grit) a fairly smooth finish can be achieved. 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Wikipedia has it basically right, with an interesting and informative article here: I found that blue styrofoam will respond to sanding with even quite a thin strip of sandpaper if this is supported. Below I’ve included the stages in the shaping of these ‘heads’ .. starting with a block shaped on a template, then sanding away from a centre line. Thanks for the Polyfilla info. Both we in the UK and our American friends .. often get it wrong! When cutting through a glued edge the glue may catch the blade a bit but one can get used to this. Before decoupaging a Styrofoam ball you may want to apply a paint designed for use on this material, even if it is only a base coat that you cover with other decorative treatments such as glitter. An ‘industrial’ ceramic-look smoothness can be achieved using a mixture of careful rubbing with special sanding ‘cloth’ (blue/green below) or thin layers cut from the surface of a nail parlour sanding block. What this means is that both surfaces to be glued need a light misting first .. best with a small pump spray. .. oh, sorry I misread x. I’ve been asked by a friend to do a large scale (9′ x 16′) model of a sandstone formation for an interior wall. Use gesso which is used to make a smooth canvas surface for painting. Styrofoam is one of the easiest materials to shape by normal means e.g. Then it was just a matter of re-attaching the semi-circular templates either end of the form (see earlier) to protect the undamaged surface and sanding the block down to the same point. by wrapping a non-stick covering over the form before the expansion starts. Will come here for more ideas and tips! It is molded from tiny beads into many shapes like polystyrene balls, bells, eggs, miniature fruit shapes and more. Perfect for craft projects, floral projects and more! Can you please share your easy way to carve out clean holes in styrofoam? The props need to be handled with care .. they won’t take any accidental knocks! $10.99. It appears to be the genuine Dow product. Do not press hard on the ball or you will just rub off more styrofoam. Styrofoam is too soft to hold the compass point securely so the centre area needs to be strengthened with some tape. I usually get mine from there, preferring the green version. I read about the glues you use and recommend. because these suppliers often stock it as what they term a ‘core’ material along with polyurethane foam sheet. That’s useful .. it might just be an option in the US, rather than Europe ..I don’t know. This should be a gradual slope (over 5-10mm) and on the inside .. the outside diameter remains constant. Acrylic paint is the best type of paint you can use on styrofoam, as it won't cause damage and sticks to the styrofoam well. Styrofoam will compress a little to make this possible. Craft glue The … The solid, smooth surface can easily be painted, shaped, sculpted or … I will try that. Sorry David, I meant, what do you think would be the best material to make a house and a garden? I use either sharp, thin kitchen knives (i.e. Smooth and durable, they are made of the finest material that promises strength and resilience, allowing for long term use. Visit your local craft store or go online to find acrylic paint in a color of your choosing. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The various plastic waste/drainage pipes you’ll see in any building supplier or DIY store (whether white, black, grey or brown) are likely to be two or more different plastic types. Purchase a craft acrylic paint in your desired color. You are greatly appreciated. Local job sites toss excess foam in the dumpster. Foamular is the name of the extruded polystyrene Owens Corning produces and, for all I know, it may be just as good for sculptural purposes as blue styrofoam .. except that it’s a shocking mauve-pink, by the looks of it! I just tried using a wood glue (Weldbond) and it worked well. Books were fine when change was relatively slow! And is there a way to make it damage resistant? Will try those as well and will get Gorilla glue today. This item will ship to United States, but … Our light and smooth Styrofoam balls also represent the same theme of chance and prosperity that embraces our life, greets us with its utter fullness and intensity. Very informative. I also used a foot and a half or so of another ribbon to decorate the middle of the ornament, and for the hanger. The expansion occurs after a minute or so, 3-4 times in volume according to the manufacturer, and if the pieces are properly clamped the excess is forced outwards rather than upwards. I forgot to add though .. Yes, go with the Fine Surface filler from Polycell. Spread the word as you see fit! is that the glue should be dropped from the nozzle without letting it touch the wet surface! Then sand off any rough spots until the … They stock the standard blue in a range of sheet sizes from a rare 1mm to 165mm thick. Sewing shears (for cutting … A styrofoam ball is a wonderful alternative for indoors; lightweight and easy to handle, ... and ground all the edges smooth with a carborundum stone. Styrofoam is perfect for something like a saddle shape .. Paverpol is a Pva-type medium manufactured in the US mainly for the hobby market and is intended for painting on fabrics or foams to give them a much tougher surface. Spraymount never sets completely hard, even though it’s grip is strong. I used the most basic epoxy resin glue .. the ToolBox brand from Poundland. 2. Thank you , Awesome tutorial … I am complete beginner at this and I am currently working on building aTiki statue … so this helped me alot. This is why you will need at least 2 weeks, possibly more for this project. I found that a Dremel tool and some of the sanding tips allowed for quite a bit of detail. This will sand and smooth the rough-cut edges. Brilliant, thanks so much David. Nice work. They come in different grits and are easy to cut into sizes you might need. Styrofoam: Build forms that you never thought possible in any other material | Sculpture, Ilustracje do modeli przytorowych kolejki ogrodowej | Piotr Bein's blog = blog Piotra Beina,, LIFE AS A HUMAN – A hot wire Styrofoam cutter. surely?! They offer the fullest range of thicknesses and types, including the less common dark green, orange/yellow or finer white. I know it takes time to create such a detail document and I very appreciate the work you have put into this. It is bought ready-made in tubs; it’s particularly smooth; thins evenly with water; sticks very well to sanded styrofoam and is far less subject to shrinking and cracking than other types. I have used a 40 grit sandpaper for this. Ribbons, rickrack, and/or cord. If you find it please let me know. Thanks so much for your great tutorials! Problem is that these materials melt with reducers and thinners. You can really use anything spherical that got glue adheres to. from Wickes.  Below, the pipe is first positioned on the foam and then turned very carefully until it has some purchase. This is a guide about using Mod Podge on Styrofoam. This package contains one 6 inch Styrofoam ball. It only needs to survive for one hour for the Kast Krete polymer-modified concrete to cure (amazing product BTW … I think you would find many applications for it) and I think either one would release easily. I came across this page while researching how to make an antiquated well from styrofoam for a horror film that my brother and I are shooting. Smooth Styrofoam Balls 6". 2. $14.29. For the same reason, I’ve found that it can help to dust the piece with talc while sanding. Good luck with that! Once your ball is fully round, you can finish it off by sanding it lightly with the sandpaper. Great work! Pingback: Tips for Shaping XPS Extruded Polystyrene « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! FYI. The best way to colour Vaseline is to first mix a little powder pigment, in this case half a teaspoonful, with roughly the same amount of Vaseline to make a thick paste not unlike tube oil paint. The finished ‘niche’ form can be seen in the last photo below. ( Log Out /  Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is an ideal temporary sealant in this case because it can be easily brushed or rubbed into the micropores without damaging the surface. Perfect for craft projects, floral projects and more! Fabric 3. We are the largest supplier of retail Styrofoam Craft balls in California and we ship all over the United States. Use either feather type to cover a Styrofoam ball … The tutorials instruct you to cut a line all the way around the ball using an exacto knife and then do this again, separating the ball into quarters. If this is allowed to dry completely (needing a good few hours or preferably a whole day) and then painted again, the pores will start to be filled. The ‘head’ on the right above was painted with a small amount of Tomps Fast Cast polyurethane resin, first mixed together quickly and then worked with a soft brush into the styrofoam surface. Quilted Christmas Ornaments Christmas Crafts Christmas Balls Styrofoam Ball Crafts Fabric Balls Diy Y Manualidades Navidad Diy 242 Idee Diy. The primer which is also white, like styrofoam, needs sufficient time to dry before spraying on the rigid hard coating. although it is different to the styrofoam it is much more alike than other glues. After the glue is on, sprinkle on the sparkly glitter! I will be happy to, with any lessons I learn on the way! This may be true of some, but I’ve used both general-purpose (GP) polyester resin and special types of polyurethane resin many times for this, mixing in very small amounts and applied like a varnish .. with consistently good results! Shefield insulation ( Trafford park manchester ) slicing with sharp knives or a hot-wire cutter, sawing with serrated blades, rasping with files, and smoothing with sandpaper. Live in you should concentrate your search on suppliers of building materials also. Than the bottom, so that the standard blue styrofoam for craft projects, snowmen, turkeys, pumpkins flowers... 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