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carving polyfoam

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by piggy989piggy, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. piggy989piggy

    piggy989piggy Well-Known Member

    I'm trying to make a puppet and I only have a foam block does anyone know any methods of cutting the foam I tried to cut it with a kitchen knife but it did'nt went well...
  2. JammieJam

    JammieJam Member

    Persona Blades are great for this, they are very sharp and you can bend them to make scoops:

    For larger cuts you can use an electric kitchen knife. Also cheap scissors are good for shaping, but the foam will dull them so make sure you don't spend much.

    Stan Winston School has the first part of their foam shaping video up. They're a great resource.
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  3. piggy989piggy

    piggy989piggy Well-Known Member

    thanks! this realy helped!
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  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Persona Blades are great, but I mainly use box cutter blades. They're cheap and with practice, you can make much cleaner and more precise cuts with them than electric kitchen knives. Just be very careful - it's very easy to cut yourself when carving. Always practice proper knife safety and cut away from your hands/body and keep a first aid kit nearby (I often wear cut resistant gloves to protect my hands in case my knife ever slips).

    You can look up wood carving tutorials to help get you started (different tools and materials, but the basic principles are the same).
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