How I use hotwire to make signs, figures, personalized name plaques, decorations, holiday decor and more. It's a fun, inexpensive, easily mastered art skill that provides hours of entertainment and creativity. Using virtually free materials, many different pieces can be made. Other possibilities include dioramas, spanish missions, sillouette pictures, model railroad scenics, and so on.
What you need:
1. Letters, printed on cardstock from your word processing program.
2. EPS foam or Styrofoam blanks. Packing boxes and insulation panels are the most common forms to use. Available at businesses that receive refrigeratable items, like pharmacies, laboratories, etc. The big box stores have insulation and or styrofoam panels.
3. Hotwire machine. I make my own, which will be in another instructable. They are readily available at hobby shops or on the internet.
4. Acrylic paint as needed. Glue to mount letters and strips of edging material.
5. Straight pins.
6. Piece of cardboard, matboard, masonite or material of your choice to mount letters. I have glued them to tile for a special effect!
7. Colored paper to make edge strips for your sign.
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