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  • Blaise_Gauba commented on geekrex's instructable $5 DIY Hot Wire Foam Cutter6 months ago
    $5 DIY Hot Wire Foam Cutter

    Good question. In the film industry, us professional sculptors (Sculptor's Union Local 755) we use a Variac Voltage Control Machine. They are very expensive, but worth the price, because you can control voltage from very, very, low to very, very, high. Here is a link to a site that carries these machines.https://www.iseincstore.com/3pn1010bvariabletransformer120vacsinglephaseinput0-140vacoutput10acasedmodelwithcordplugreceptaclelightedswitchandfuse.aspx?gclid=CjwKCAjwo_HdBRBjEiwAiPPXpBSKXrq_N7xNOdbaIl88b0po21DsE0hN3qenDT1JFnQ7pzejq7WvKRoCuX8QAvD_BwE

    Very nice build. I want to chime in as I had been a sculptor who has worked on some really huge Hollywood feature film productions sculpting massive sculptures for feature films as well as sculpting huge movie sets like rockwork for movies series such as Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney and Planet of the Apes (Tim Burton's film) and many other films and television shows.What I wanted to say to anyone working with Styrofoam (a.k.a. EPS foam) especially if you are using hot wire or hot tools, even heat guns, to cut and shape it, you absolutely MUST wear the highest quality respirator with extra charcoal filters, otherwise, you could end up like me, and find out that your body has an excessive, even massive amount of Styrene in your blood and fatty tissues. I actually did wear fairly hi...

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    Very nice build. I want to chime in as I had been a sculptor who has worked on some really huge Hollywood feature film productions sculpting massive sculptures for feature films as well as sculpting huge movie sets like rockwork for movies series such as Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney and Planet of the Apes (Tim Burton's film) and many other films and television shows.What I wanted to say to anyone working with Styrofoam (a.k.a. EPS foam) especially if you are using hot wire or hot tools, even heat guns, to cut and shape it, you absolutely MUST wear the highest quality respirator with extra charcoal filters, otherwise, you could end up like me, and find out that your body has an excessive, even massive amount of Styrene in your blood and fatty tissues. I actually did wear fairly high quality respirators when working with this type of chemical foam. And yet, this chemical is highly pervasive and apparently finds other ways to enter the body besides the lungs. Always suit up and wear a disposable protective suit and cover your head/hair and wear disposable gloves when working with Styrofoam (EPS foam).Keep in mind that all of these foams in their many forms are all made from the processing of the base source which is from crude oil. Crude oil is a highly toxic substance that can be and is refined into literally thousands of other highly toxic, cancer-causing chemicals which are very poisonous. Take EVERY precaution when working with what we have all been led to believe are just wonderful, simple-to-use, everyday materials that make our lives easier and more enjoyable.If you are only doing two or three projects with this foam, then it's probably not a problem, but if you work with it every day as I did, then take every precaution. Have fun DIYing!

    Foam board as in Foamcore? I would say you could cause a fire, and the wire might break. I have never seen anyone try and cut Foamcore or Gatorboard, but a sheet of EPS Styrofoam, yes, quite easily.

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  • Blaise_Gauba commented on JON-A-TRON's instructable Blade Runner Binoculars1 year ago
    Blade Runner Binoculars

    No. But I will look into it...like...right now. Thanks!

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  • Blaise_Gauba commented on ehamm's instructable How to make a Latex Mermaid Tail2 years ago
    How to make a Latex Mermaid Tail

    The mermaid is sculpted out of refrigerator foam. A standard in the film, television and theme park industries. Known as "Green Foam", "Grey Foam", "Blue Foam", "Pink Foam" and "Yellow Foam". Different colors are usually associated with different densities of foam...such as: 1 lb./2 lb./4 lb. = Green Foam/Grey/Pink/Blue Foam; Yellow Foam usually is available in densities from 1 lb. all the way up to 10 lb. or even higher sometimes. Foam Sales in Burbank, California carries most of these foams, they used to have a corner on the distribution market...but now apparently, there ARE other distributors...and at more reasonable prices. Although, definitely still very expensive.

    Yes, thank you for that information.

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  • Blaise_Gauba commented on Intofx's instructable Is that a REAL pumpkin??? Yes, it is!2 years ago
    Is that a REAL pumpkin??? Yes, it is!

    Ha! Very smart! Nice work!

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  • Blaise_Gauba commented on wordsnwood's instructable Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork2 years ago
    Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork

    Very cool! Great idea! Nice work.

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