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AMACO Balsa-Foam

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Carves like butter,
Paints like wood!

Balsa-Foam is different from other plastic foams because it can be easily carved with traditional and non-traditional hand tools to create the shape and design you want. It can then be decorated with any paint just like balsa wood.

Balsa-Form (soft density) is great for students because it's easier to sculpt and does not require the use of sharp tools. Balsa-Foam (hard density) is still easy to carve and shape like Balsa-Foam soft density but the higher density holds intricate detail and is more durable.

Since Balsa-Foam has no "memory" or rebound, it will hold an impression. This means you can create detailed shapes by simply pressing any object into the surface. A steel ruler can be used to make push cuts as a way to cut out more complex interior shapes. Carving knives and chisels virtually glide through BalsaFoam soft density and cut relatively easily through Balsa-Foam hard density. Experiment with all sorts of tools to find the ones that work best for you.

Tips for using Balsa-Foam:

  • Most glues work well with Balsa-Foam including wood glue, hot glue. When bonding two blocks of BalsaFoam to make a larger block for carving, keep the adhesive well inside the ultimate shape to avoid having a glue seam that is difficult to carve across
  • Any type of water-based or solvent-based paint or coating can be used to decorate your Balsa-Foam project. An initial coat of Krylon spray paint will help seal the foam.
  • Balsa-Foam is non toxic however the dust can cause eye irritation. Do not rub eyes while using and wash hands after using. The use of safety goggles and/or dust mask are recommended when sanding or using power tools 

6" x 9" x 1/2" pieces (soft density)



reference: www.amaco.com



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