Foam Mascots

Hi, I'm researching ways to make a foam mascot. My main problem right now is trying to find places that sell large pieces of foam, like upholstery foam or some kind of polyfoam. I've been looking through a few cosplay resources but haven't really found any good ones that deal with foam. Does anybody have any experience with this?

Topic by Corinthian 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Costume foam

I am make a cosplay costume and it's VERY large and it requires a foam I have been looking all over trying to find anything about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NsQLq7EMkk At the 3 minute mark it shows this man making a Halo Elite costume leg, as you might have noticed the foam is ridged but flexible, also it's large. Where can I buy foam like that? I am assuming I can't buy it in such a massive size and that I would have to glue layers of it together, but if you know where I could buy it in a massive size that would be great too.  Final part what would be the best way to cut the foam it looks like that man is using a turkey carver any other ways? Thanks to all those that can help me!

Topic by Zergling_pack 8 years ago


Lost Foam?

Hi guys, I've been messing about with lost foam aluminium casting here in the UK. I've tried packing expanded polystyrene, and Jablite but they seem really difficult to get a good finish on the foam patterns. I want to be able to machine them, or use them in a basic foam lathe. I know that in the States they have a denser finer grained insulation material (blue and pink in colour). These both seem to be better for obtaining surface finish. I've tried to Google the stuff over here but it seems to be silly prices. Does anyone have any links to UK sites that sell a similar product? I was wondering if the harder stuff that you saw up and stick between the rafters for loft conversions would work as this seems a much denser fine grain foam to me. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated.

Topic by marshon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Uses for polyurethane foam?

I have left over poly urethane foam. I got a spray can of the stuff but didn't need much for the bamboo bike I'm making. Now there's lots left over. What's a good project/use for it?

Question by snotty 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Finding the right foam

Hey all,  I'm trying to build blocks out of foam that need to be anti static foam because it is going to interact with a tablet touch screen It needs to be about 1in thick. I was planning on using polyethylene foam but I wasn't sure about where to go to buy it could anyone help? I'm open to suggestions about better foam choices as well but my budget isn't very large. Thanks!

Topic by jgg0592 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


foam filling a tire

Diy for foam filling a small lawn mower, hand truck tire.

Topic by blasterboy 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Look at all the Foam!!!!

Today we started mfr for our new HPV!Due to a miscalculation... We have 15 EXTRA sheets of foam. That's about $210 worth of EXTRA foam! No one ever thought to take in to account that more than one cross section could fit on one piece of foam....The section below was the most funny - my immediate reaction to putting it on was a Squid! And look at all that foam in/on the truck!Here's More Info

Topic by trebuchet03 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Flexible Urethane Foams

So I was looking for a way to make a new seat cushion for my car (driver's seat is starting to decompose). I was looking for a memory foam or some other flexible pour-able foam.I came across this: http://www.smooth-on.com/foams.aspI also contacted smooth-on for advice on what density foam I would need for a seat cushion and bolster (from inspection - the factory seat cushion was made from a pour-able foam cast in a mold).In any case -- just passing this info along. Not sure if anyone will need or use this - but I keep a list of suppliers just in case someone I know is looking to do something ;) If anyone else knows of another supplier -- let me know. I probably won't go this route ($100+ for 1 seat cushion is a bit steep) but it may be an option :P

Topic by trebuchet03 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


how to make home made foam cutter for slicing foam Answered

I dont have much electric knowledge ,but i have to make home made electric foam cutter for my kid ( he has to make some school project ) by cutting / slicing foam . i have pen type soldering iron / room heater etc. shall i made foam cutter from it , can i make room heater coil directly connect to steel wire to make it hot.please guide me ,it is very urgent .?

Question by atuldd44 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What is mixed with Silicon Oil to produce a high temperature foam ?

Q Quite a few years ago , I sure it was published in American Mag [ Suspect it was Popular Electronics ].It was a single chemical which cause the foaming .               Email =richardlionson@yahoo.com

Question by RICHARDLIONSON 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


what can i use to weld two pieces of white foam together ?

Question by ewilliam1 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


would the lenght of the nichrome wire affect its ability to cut trough foam?

I need to cut a wide piece of foam and need a decent length of wire to do it like 2 feet long would that have any affect on the cutting ability of the wire

Question by sanoske 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Making a foam bed (concept)

Just had a flash of genius (or possible stupidity). What if you took a mattress cover put it in a wood bok just slightly larger then the cover and filled it with low density expanding foam. Does anyone think the is a possible way of getting a passable diy mattresses?

Topic by lucek 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


working with closed cell foam

I am making a clown prop. I have a pair of dry wall stilts that I have attatched closed cell foam to and carved into the shape of bare feet. It was my entent to coat the foam with liquid latex for durability. The foam when shaped and sanded left undesirable open pores, I next filled the pores with flexable latex caulk and then started coating with the liquid latx. I am not happy with the results I am getting, the foam is still to bumpy and the added weight of the caulk may be a problem. I am contemplating starting over with another product. I know that foam board used in the housing industry would be easer to sand smooth, and is there a differant coating that would be easer to apply. Thanks Rick "Locco"

Topic by bridgetleeryken 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


General Construction part1

Vince, Here's a few more pictures that I think are not in the instructables. The machine is at the college. I'll try to get some more pictures of it Monday. I see your confusion we need an end view of the Y rail showing the X stage mounted. I also made a 3D google sketch up of it that would be real handy. If I can find it.

Topic by Tom McGuire 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


sheet foam shock absorber

Im making a trailer for a longboard (skateboard) with a speaker setup on it weighing around 20kg, the speaker im using for it is a fairly durable plastic mobile DJ style speaker but even so i'll be pulling it around over potentially rough tarmac/asphalt surfaces on a trailer made from skateboard parts so could a couple of small sections of foam sheet sandwiched between skateboard truck baseplates and the deck offer adequate shock absorption? i have squishy 1.5cm thick yoga mat foam or firmer 1cm thick sound proofing foam to choose from...

Topic by ambientvoid 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Are Foam Cutting Fumes Toxic??

I've made a hot wire foam cutter but I'm wondering now if the fumes are cancerous/dangerous/toxic when you breathe them in. I've researched this myself a little but there are mixed answers and many others are unsure. Any answers?

Question by Orange robot 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Where to get latex foam

This is sort of a follow up of my past question (https://www.instructables.com/answers/Good-foam-to-make-swords-out-of-nerf-sword-style/). I think I know what kind of foam I need: latex foam. Now I need to know where to get it, though. Anyone know? Home depot? Michaels? Amazon? Some specialty store online?

Question by Sadi789 6 years ago


foam/bean-bag bed

Hey guys, I was thinking of making a large foam stuffed bed but I have doubts as to whether they are good to actually sleep on regularly. So if anyone has made something like these please let me know what you think and how well you sleep on it compared to regular beds. Thanks a lot.https://www.instructables.com/id/bean-bag-sofa--bed/?ALLSTEPS#step0https://www.instructables.com/id/Softer-Better-and-more-expensive-Bean-bag-chair/

Topic by evillordnikon 9 years ago


Foam Board/Cardboard Shoes

Hey, I was walking past my little sister watching PBS Kids and on one of the shows this girl was trying to make her own shoes. Out of cardboard. Lightbulb. The only reason that they didn't work is because they got waterlogged. I am thinking that with good enough sealing and strong enough glue, useable shoes made from cardboard are a possibility!The only problem is that I don't have foamboard or time to spare or a working camera at the moment. If anyone could carry this idea further than me, have at it!

Topic by Thorondor95 9 months ago  |  last reply 7 months ago


FSR - Conductive foam readings

Hello! I am making a prototype of a force sensitive resistor, and i am using, to old 97%kobber coins, metal sheet and a tiny piece of conductive foam that i got from a tv-repair shop. The setup is not very good, but its a start, and i am planning the next move for better results... Now... I want some decent understanding of how the readings work, and why I get these results.. First test, are written with black, and and as you can see it, has the same amount of space between 0-1kg and 1-2kg, but 2-3 and 3-4 changes to a very small space? Why is that? Second question is, that i have used the x10, to read larger forces. 0-2,5kg and 2,5-5kg has same amount of space. Will the space decrease too, when getting further up the scale too?  - I know the conductive foam has its limits too, but just to be clear of my readings. Thanks in advance! I hope you can see the readings on the picture..!

Topic by L33boy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Foam Cutter transformer...overkill?

I have a Pyramid ps9kx desk top power supply for running 12v stuff...can I use this directly as a foam cutter or is this more of a breaker throwing foam melter? Specs from Amazon;5 Amp Hobbyist Bench Power SupplyBench Power Supply, AC-to-DC Power Converter with Car/Vehicle Power Outlet (5 Amp) Features:Linear / Regulated Power Supply DesignAC-to-DC Power Conversion (12V DC)Provides Constant Source of DC VoltageSimple Electronic Plug-in OperationHassle-Free Screw Terminal ConnectorsEliminates the Need of Battery or External Power Source12V Car / Vehicle Cigarette Lighter Power Accessory Outlet ConnectorFuse Protected with Auto-ResetElectronic Overload, Short Circuit & Overload ProtectionUsed for Component & Device Equipment Testing, Operation & PerformanceRugged & Durable Housing Construction, Cabinet HeatsinkBuilt-in Cooling FanPower ON / OFF SwitchPyramid Compact Hobby Power Supplies Safe for Tabletop PlacementTechnical Specs:Amperage: 5.0 AMP (Constant), 7.0 AMP (Surge)Connectors / Hardwire Terminals: Red Positive (+), Black Negative (-)Power Output: 13.8V DCPower Input: 115V AC, 60Hz (70 Watt)Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.5'' x 4.9'' x 3.0'' -incheshttps://www.amazon.com/Pyramid-Supply-Converter-Vehicle-PS9KX/dp/B0002BA570

Question by Nightmare54 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


can you make expanding foam yourself?

You can buy it in cans and i've seen 2 chemicals mixed to make it. can it be homemade with easy to get materials?

Question by jvherbin 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What is the commercial name of the foam used for RC-planes?

Need to know what is the commercial or technical name of the foam used for making rc planes.

Question by greenleaf456 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Where can I buy foam like this?

I am looking to buy something along the lines of this http://www.foampitcubes.com/ (but larger) to pad the inside of some oversized gauntlets that I am making and was wondering where i could get a 2ft x 3ft x 6in (roughly) sheet of the stuff for cheap. Thanks.

Question by ClockworkMonkey 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Where can you buy (cheap) expanding foam? Answered

It can expand in water, hot air, cold air, or some where else, but I have a strange craving for the stuff (as long as it's under 30 US dollars).

Question by NicOmbra 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I make a cheap foam for sealing spaces - that's not edible by bugs :-)?

That's basically it - a cheap bulk foam filler. Thanx

Question by Baatjes 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how i can recycle stereofoam?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


submiting my work (cant find it) please help!!!!? Answered

I can tfind my work that i posted. what did i do wrong. i clicked submit at the top of the screen of this web site Its called Zangetsu-prop

Question by Foam-Smith 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I have a thermopedicfoam mattress topper that I want to cut into quarters . How to make neat cuts?

I want to make a bed for old dog by cutting the mattress into quarters. Any suggestions on how to bes make neat cuts in the foam. Its about 4" thick.

Question by BillFL 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help needed

I have been working on something quite big.  I prefer not to say what it is(i will however, unveil the finished item on instructables and show people how to make it). What I need is a light, strong, and hopefully inexpensive foam. Any suggestions on where I could buy some or how i could make some would be much appreciated. thanks -Burn

Topic by Burn 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Dagorhir sword materials?

Kay, I'm gonna build a [url=http://www.dagorhir.com/gear/weapon_tutorials.php]Dagorhir[/url] blue-category sword. Thing is, the [url=http://www.dagorhir.com/gear/content/weapon_tutorials/howtomakeabluesword.swf]tutorial[/url] I've been following is kinda vague on the materials I need. What size PVC pipe do I use? Where do I get the foam? I just want a definitive list of supplies for the sword. Thanks, GearsOfAwesome

Question by GearsOfAwesome 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make an R/C car body ??What is the needed materials?

How to make an R/C car body ??What is the needed materials?

Question by hakemsaeed 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone have any ideas about what to do with styrofoam? Answered

I got a bunch of styrofoam and don't know what to do with it. All are flat long pieces. Any ideas?

Question by blkhawk 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Replacement for the foam covers for head phones

I have these old but in great shape head phones but the foam is kind of wearing out. I was wondering does any one has an idea as to what to use to replace those foam covers for headphones? Since those foam replacement covers are no where to be found here. Thanks.

Topic by Treasure Tabby 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make a Party Foam Cannon?

I am interested in building a party foam cannon, since they are quite expensive to purchase. Similar to: http://www.archiexpo.com/prod/universal-effects/foam-machines-59732-359838.html If anyone has any information on how to go about building one of these/what fan is used/mesh material used to create bubbles, thanks!

Question by thatskindacool 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Foameez - Foam building and packing block

My MIT undergraduate advisor and all-around-mechanical-design-ninja, Alex Slocum, created these foam building blocks/packing material, he calls Foameez. He sent Instructables a box full of them hoping we'd be able to come up with some cool uses. So far we've made Marge Simpson hair and a Fantastic Four Thing-like costume. What would you build with these? If your idea is compelling enough, I'll send you some...

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


is there any way to harden floral foam? Answered

I am making some molds and stuff from floral foam, and I wan't to know if there is a way to harden it and make it heavy.  Some of the things I'm making will have to take handling and painting without chipping, breaking, or crushing.  I use floral foam because it's easy to use, so I can make models in the first place.  I'm not looking for another medium, but how to change it once the model is made.  Also, I cannot use anything expensive or that must be bought online.  Preferrably something like paper-mache, but that will not stick out from small crevices in the model. 

Question by jduffy54 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


i want to paint a sponge foam puppet

Hi.  i want to paint a sponge foam(i think that is the right name,is the material we put inside pillows) puppet and i dont know what kind of colors is better to use.I ve tried with oil pastel but is difficult to paint details.Does anyone have any idea? thanks in advanced

Topic by elopii 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Easy spray/liquid *open cell* foam?

Hi all - new here  :)  I was trying to think of where I could ask this and I immediately thought of instructables.  Does anyone have any ideas where I could find a spray or liquid *open cell* foam?  It's easy to find cans of spray closed-cell foam these days, but I've never seen one for open cell foam.  I've done a lot of searching, and the only open foam cell solutions I find tend to be giant expensive things for insulating houses in bulk, nothing for small scale applications.  I'm looking to fill a bundle of relatively fine tubes (diameter TBD), which I want to act as a sponge on the inside, resisting allowing the liquid inside to drain out while still allowing for gas migration.  Hence closed cell is not an option.  Polyurethane is probably fine, although other materials may well be fine as well. Any ideas?

Topic by KarenP139 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Could I stiffen a pvc pipe by putting a foam piece down the center of it. Foam would probably be just bigger than ID. Answered

I plan on making this tripod telescoping so I will have multiple sizes of pvc, and will need a stiff piece of either round foam, or square foam that is pliable enough at the corners to be stuffed into a tube.

Question by elnino2783 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 weeks ago


how to make a spring loaded "gun" thats shoots foam darts?

Question by afrodud 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Does a hair dryer get hot enough to thermoform craft foam?

Trying to make armor here, and I haven't worked with foam much. I've got a set design that I want, already worked out and finished in hard clay. Seen a couple people thermoform foam here, and they used a heat gun or the oven. Could I use my mom's blow dryer?

Question by Tess Lucetram 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Make your own "Memory Foam"?

Can we make our own "memory foam"? I'd like to buy "memory foam" in a spray can - but I don't think that product is available. I was hoping to find something like "tempurpedic" in a spray can.    I'd like to replicate the really soft top layer as seen in those mattresses. The "great stuff" foam spray cans come to mind.  However, the end result of those is not a flexible soft foam. Would like to fabricate my own custom foam inserts with the material.  Any ideas about making or sourcing materials? Thanks!

Topic by bobzjr 6 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How do you make foam?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a surfboard without sanding down a foam blank, because blanks are expensive and I'd much rather pour something into a mold shaped like a surfboard. I don't want to have to buy the kits to pour foam because they're also pretty expensive for the scale that I'm talking about. I guess what I'm really asking is how do you make the two liquids that are in the kits to pour your own foam?

Question by pneu6 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Need Advise on Building Large Arch Gate

I am trying to make a large arch-like gate out of foam. It would be about 8' high, it would have to stand on its own, it would have to be able to be broken apart into pieces and needs to be able to last in the elements. I was thinking of buying wet foam blocks (foam used by florists) and binding sets of them together and using spray foam to cover the outsides and paint it grey to make it look like rocks. It would be held together with dowels through each set of foam and have an anchor at the bottom using dowels hammered into the ground.  Inspiration for this design came from the vault from the Borderlands game series  http://i.imgur.com/DwMSsWb.jpg I wanted to know if anyone has seen guides for making a fake stone arch or if anyone had ideas for making this (Especially if the ideas aren't too expensive) Thanks

Topic by BenH18 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to insulate a cooler box

I have just bought a plastic cooler box. It is two boxes in one: an inside lining, an air cavity, the outside case and  of course a lid and handle.. I would like to improve the insulation. I have a 750ml can of expanding polyurethane foam which I thought of spraying into the cavity. It will dry in an hour. I can work out the exact volume  to be filled with  the foam by prefilling it with water and measuring the amount of water that pours out of the cavity , but I do not know the best way to apply the foam. Any ideas, please. For example should I wrap the inner box in anything before pushing it into the wet foam that I  spray against the inside of the outer case? Robin

Topic by R89163 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I'm stumped

Hey everyone, I can't take it anymore! At my workplace, I work in the shipping/receiving department...all kinds of new and strange packing materials come in. We generally are able to re-use things like the bubblewrap and boxes, but there are some things I just don't know what do do with, and I feel horrible throwing them away..Maybe you guys can help? We get ALOT of foam, all shapes, sizes, and textures, and I have no idea how to reuse it...then we also have these long rectangular tubes that hold electronic chips in them, however when they get to us, we take them out and put them in bags, so we no longer need the thin tubing, do you guys have any ideas? I've attatched photos. Thanks! Lita L.

Topic by luna522 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Need advice on fake limbs. Answered

 So my classmates and I are kinda planning on putting on a haunted house next year for Halloween. Most of us are pretty artsy and creative. I'm just asking the intructables community what you guys and gals honk we should use for making cheap realistic limbs.  I was thinking of something like latex rubber but I've never worked with that sir of materials before. We don't want to use paper stuffed cloths or low stuffs like that. We are planning on using a material that will feel a lot like real limbs if dropped on people and just quick glances.  Thanks in advance for your advice. Anything you need specified simply ask and I shall specify :)

Question by budhaztm 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Where to buy polyurethane resin/foam in UK?

Hi guys, Do any UK people know of nice suitable places to purchase the two-part polyurethane resin that mix together for making casts from moulds? Or the polyurethane foam that expands a bit when it cures? There's two places on eBay (TOMPS and another) but at £24 a kg with high postage costs, I was wondering if there's any bricks & mortar places I can pick it up, or other online places to buy the foam? I'm using it to thicken the shell of a Pepakura helmet so there's stuff to sand down. Any pointers please?

Topic by chiok 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago