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30 Apr 2009 - 18:0213708
Prop Making Help/Foam Problems
right then
i'm making Jedah from Darkstalkers and have gotten pretty far with it but i still need to make the headress he wears.

i have a good few blocks of foam that i was planning to carve into shape but i'm not sure what to use to harden it.
I know you can use PVA but i'd rather use something a bit more...industrial XD

So does anyone know of any resins or such that could be used to harden it without melting a gaping hole through the middle?


30 Apr 2009 - 18:1013709
varnish??

nothing wrong with PVA though. a couple good layers should be fine.....

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30 Apr 2009 - 19:4213710
xaerael would know wot to do... if u PM him or something im sure he will be happy to give u some tips...


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01 May 2009 - 15:2013747
slightly watered PVA. on the last layer, dash a little talc over it before it totally dries (when it's "tacky" ) with a fine sieve, or blow it from the hand very gently, and you get a surface that paint will key to nicely. this is a really nice cheap method that works fairly well

the other method i use is stippling acrylic mixed with surgical adhesive (based on an FX industry tecnique i adapted to my own needs), but the adhesive is EXTREMELY expensive (£50 min for a 500 ml bottle). you can see the effect it gives on my witch king costume in my galleries.

there's no way you could use a resin, they are the most aggressive nasty concoctions i've ever had the displeasure of working with. the catalysts alone are pure foul in a bottle. even if it didn't melt the pants of your creation, it will just chip the moment you look at it sideways.


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01 May 2009 - 16:0013749
I second all that!! If you use enamel to paint it and varnish it, it will be hard anyway over the top so there'll be no indication of PVA anyway! PVA is actually really strong, so don't be put off just because we all used it in little-people school ^^


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01 May 2009 - 16:1413751
reet then PVA it is XD

i guess you do get into the mind set that PVA is just a cheap glue for primary schools XD

thankyou all for the help =3


01 May 2009 - 18:2113755
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reet then PVA it is XD

i guess you do get into the mind set that PVA is just a cheap glue for primary schools XD

thankyou all for the help =3


PVA is what most furnature makers use to glue their woodwork together =p it's pretty tough stuff in the right circumstances


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