Carving Styrofoam

Decorating By Tee-Y Updated 22 Nov 2008 , 10:19pm by tarheelgirl

Tee-Y Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 10:23am
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I am creating dummy cakes for my shopfront and some of the designs call for carving or sculpting, what is the best way to carve styrofoam without wasting too much to flaking and what do you use to stick two pieces of styrofoam together because I tried using topbond and the foam started melting- was disastrous! icon_lol.gif LOL!

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kel58 Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 12:14pm
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I have never carved styrofoam myself but I did read a post on here a while back about it. People were saying that an electric knife worked that best. Good luck!

lapazlady Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 12:25pm
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I use old fashioned white glue to put styrofoam layers together. Set a heavy weight on them for a while, so they dry flat and together, then you're ready to carve. A very sharp knife or an electric knife can be used. If a chunk breaks off, glue it back on, remembering to allow time for it to dry (it will break off again if you try to carve it. If the piece needs shaping do it before you glue it back on). If the layers or shape needs refining, you can do it with fondant pieces. I use a tiny bit of Karo syrup as glue then place the fondant on the dummy and smooth it into place, then you're ready to apply the fondant. HTH

kakeladi Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 12:58pm
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I usually just used b'cream OR royal (which I seldom have on hand) both to glue pieces together & to ice them.
As for carving: minor changes & smoothing are best done w/a small hand-held electric vibrating sander.
There are places on the net where you can buy ready made shaped styro - maybe expensive but probably worth the time & sanity saved icon_smile.gif

muddpuppy Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 4:03pm
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I think I saw a devices that is like a thin wire attached to two handles that you plug in and it gets hot.. Actually I think it's called a "Hot Wire"... hth icon_wink.gif

Tee-Y Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 8:44pm
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Thank you all so much, I'm going to try out lapzalady's idea of the white glue but I don't have an electric knife but I just got a jigsaw , will that work?

Tee-Y Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 9:04pm
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Thank you all so much, I'm going to try out lapzalady's idea of the white glue but I don't have an electric knife but I just got a jigsaw , will that work?

lapazlady Posted 22 Nov 2008 , 9:33pm
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I saw with a bread knife, it's crude, but if I need a really smooth surface I do an extra step and cover the styrofoam form with RI, let it dry and then sand the RI smooth. I've done this several times on things that are small. Gives a beautiful surface to cover with the fondant.

KathyTW Posted 22 Nov 2008 , 10:05pm
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I you cut styrofoam and it needs to be smooth - rub the two cut pieces together and they will smooth each other out. It's almost like using sandpaper.

tarheelgirl Posted 22 Nov 2008 , 10:19pm
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I tried to do this awhile back. Lets just say it would not get smooth! Someone suggested Taylor foam! They have dummy sets are cheap and worth every penny!

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