Sculpting Foam for Professional Artists
Expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, has become the most popular material for sculpting, by amateur and professional artists throughout the country. Why has it become so popular?
These photos are of a project by Chalet Garden Nursery in Wilmette Illinois. They purchased a variety of .9 lb density EPS blocks and sheets ranging from 4” x 48” x 96” to 24” x 24” x 72” to create this summer theme.
In their own words “Every summer we do a little display to highlight some plants (tropical and indoor plants this year) so Jungle Book story was perfect…we needed to create the temple/ruins so that’s where the foam comes in! I free hand all the drawings and used a hot knife to create the details. We had to use a chainsaw to cut the larger pieces of foam but the hot knife was used to cut as well. We airbrushed the paint and I used a tool, that I have no clue what is called but it was like a very hot hair dryer ..lol. That helped create the “rough” edges on the stone. And I didn’t coat the foam with anything, I just used water based paint to it could hold up to the outdoor weather.”
Thousands of settings similar to this are created every year by professional and amateur artisans to celebrate and highlight holidays, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events and birthdays. Contact the experts at Universal Foam Products to get started on your next project.
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