yh9080 Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 3:35am
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Does anyone have any tips on cutting foamcore board or if it can be bought in pre-cut rounds? No matter how careful I am, it always looks uneven and jagged.

Many thanks!

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BlakesCakes Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 3:50am
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I use a hot knife--cuts foamcore like butter.

http://joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=84160&PRODID=177488&source=search

Rae

DDiva Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 3:51am
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I cut foam core circles all of the time using a scroll saw. I bought one at Home Depot for around $100. Best investment I've made. The saw is also good for cutting dowel rods evenly.

Cookie4 Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 3:54am
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BlakesCakes - Thanks for the tip on the Hot Knife, I didn't know this existed. Have you ever found this at Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Home Depot?

BlakesCakes Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 4:44am
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Michael's & Hobby Lobby carry them. I don't know if they carry this "cheaper" model--just the electric handle and 2 blades--but I know they carry the Creative Hot Marks/Walnut Hollow set. You can find those in the wood crafts area, usually. WalMart also has the larger set--it contains some little extras.

http://cgi.ebay.com/CREATIVE-HOT-MARKS-TOOL-KIT-BY-WALNUT-HOLLOW_W0QQitemZ330090359575QQcmdZViewItem

Rae

yh9080 Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 12:39pm
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Thank you so much for your replies. You just don't know how much I appreciate it! I will buy a hot knife this weekend!

Crimsicle Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 12:47pm
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I've used a hot knife on styrofoam, but not foamcore. It melts through the PAPER part????


I use a cutter made by Xacto specifically for cutting boards:

http://www.artcity.com/xac-7747.html

Most art supply and some framing stores have them.

Something about the design of the blade makes it cut foamcore much smoother than anything else I've ever tried.

SILVERCAT Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 3:40pm
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Originally Posted by Crimsicle

I've used a hot knife on styrofoam, but not foamcore. It melts through the PAPER part????


I use a cutter made by Xacto specifically for cutting boards:

http://www.artcity.com/xac-7747.html

Most art supply and some framing stores have them.

Something about the design of the blade makes it cut foamcore much smoother than anything else I've ever tried.


I bought one of the foam boader cutters on sale at walmart!

BlakesCakes Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 9:46pm
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Yes, it cuts through the paper very cleanly.

Rae

theecakelady47 Posted 29 Mar 2007 , 9:55pm

forgive me for thinking out loud...I wonder if an electric knife would work?
hmmmmmm.....I usually use a razor without too much problem. I discovered foam core about 8 years ago, and started making bird houses out of them...never realizing I would be using them for cakes one day. But a round is a little tricker than a square.

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