Step 12: Completed instruments, ready to go to work
Many hours of creativity lie in store for the craftsperson who has one of these. Enjoy!
Complete instructions for the making of the Mighty Goliath Hotwire Machine. Materials and directions are shown in each step, image notes. See my other instructables for sample work, signs, etc. Creativeman.
Step 1: Additional instruments made with same technique
I have made several instruments like this, namely to use in a class I plan to hold. I think it is a viable art form and is relatively unknown to the general and artistic community. People find it hard to believe you can get such detail in the lettering. Try it, I think you will like it. Disclaimer: IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ELECTRICAL WIRING, DO NOT ATTEMPT! GET QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN TO HELP. I have used one of these machines for 15 years with no problems, not even a broken wire. So if things don't seem to be working right, you have probably done something wrong. A few additional tips: Try to keep temperature as low as possible. You want to melt the foam, not burn it. Use only with adequate ventilation. Some people may be sensitive to the vapors produced. Use care around the wire! It is hot and will burn you. Don't let young children play with it. It is not a toy.