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Needing a break from resin (and not knowing how I want to paint my latest print), I have turned back to more basic crafting with xps foam.  Leaning heavily on the teachings of Black Magic Craft on YouTube.  These were also good to pick at during the seemingly 10000 hours of teleconferences I was on last week. :ph34r:
 

3/4” by 2.5” forms were cut and deck screws added to one end to provide some weight.  I next marked out every 1/4”, then scored then with the knife and speed square.  The verticale cuts were eyeballed about 1/3 of the way in on alternating rows (I did half one way, the other reversed to add some variety). I then went over all the cuts with a pen to increase the indent and soften the inner edges.  

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I then cut out the end caps 1” square and textured everything, pillars included with rolled up tin foil.  
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Lastly, I used hot glue to assemble the pieces.  
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hope to get them primed tomorrow and then a quick paint job on Sunday.   Not that we’re playing D&D these days but I hope to have a few more pieces of terrain ready to go for when all this horrible stuff passes and we can resume our normal routines.  
 

Thanks for looking. 



 

 

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got them coated with a mix of craft paint and mod podge as protection and quasi base coat.  
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tried to make some round pillars as well and... 

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had this crazy idea to use thin textured foam thanks to green stuff world rollers and wrap them around the pillars for a very different look.  First, I can’t seem to cut out a circle of foam without leaving at least one crease from the hot wire so leaving the bare won’t really work and wrapping the strip around looks horrible. Not this was a test with less than great roll on the foam and the inner pieces weren’t quite perfectly the same size. 
 

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wouldn’t be so bad if it was up against something to hid the seam, but...  back to the drawing board for the round pillars for now.  

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Hit them with a dark grey with the airbrush and then picked out a few random bricks with a red and a tan. D4E5A8DA-BE99-4CD4-926E-B4B54DF456C5.thumb.jpeg.410d21ec1fb38fbfcf4eef3d3ceda907.jpeg
 

Not done but getting there.  Maybe tomorrow after work. 
 

thanks for looking. 

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On 3/28/2020 at 2:40 PM, Rahz said:

 First, I can’t seem to cut out a circle of foam without leaving at least one crease from the hot wire so leaving the bare won’t really work and wrapping the strip around looks horrible.

 

Do you have a foot pedal to control your hotwire cutter? Mine came with one, and I have had good success cutting circles out by using the pedal to turn on/off the heat and by keeping the circle spinning once I shut the heat off. Very easy with the foot pedal, haven't tried it without it though, maybe if you are dextrous enough to keep the foam spinning with one hand?

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11 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Do you have a foot pedal to control your hotwire cutter? Mine came with one, and I have had good success cutting circles out by using the pedal to turn on/off the heat and by keeping the circle spinning once I shut the heat off. Very easy with the foot pedal, haven't tried it without it though, maybe if you are dextrous enough to keep the foam spinning with one hand?

My proxxon did not come with a foot pedal.  Interesting thought though.  I have tried to keep things moving at the end of the cut while reaching for the power button but I think we have confirmed that I am NOT dextrous enough to do this one handed.  Will look into a foot pedal though.  thanks for the tip!  

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