View Full Version : Hot Wire Foam Cutters: First Attempt

03-30-2009, 10:07 PM
Hey guys,

So, we tried out our Hot Wire Foam Cutting kit today... all I can say is that these things are awesome. If I had to pick out a flaw in them, it's that it takes a LONG time to carve mortar lines... but the look and textures they create are well worth the work! Here are some pics of todays attempt. -Tyler

PS: I only did about half the foam board because we're cutting off the other end to practice river rocks and tombstones. The pics are the 4'x8'-2" foam board... the cutter I used to create the grout lines... and the carved foam.

03-30-2009, 10:11 PM
PICS: Coated foam... Painted... close-up detail...


03-30-2009, 10:13 PM
PICS: Finished detail... Ed holding up finished board... Close-up of detail...


Allen H
03-30-2009, 10:17 PM
For brick grout lines Night,
I use a cheapo soldering iron with the tip taken off they are pretty close to the right width and they are 10 times faster than the wire tool, but The tool is very very useful.
Allen H

03-30-2009, 10:20 PM
those are looking really good Tyler. What did you use to hardcoat it?

03-30-2009, 10:22 PM
It's not hardcoated... just used latex based primer over the foam. Our next attempt will have a hard coat on the foam! -Tyler

Haunting Copy
03-30-2009, 10:30 PM
Looks great, Tyler! Be sure to post photos of the other things you try. :)

03-30-2009, 10:32 PM
looks great Tyler, isnt it fun to melt foam > ? < and theres so damn much to try to make.... possibilities are only limited to ones imagination.... and this is your first time.... good job

damon carson
03-31-2009, 10:22 AM
Looks great! I hope you had good ventilation or a mask. That stuff can be pretty strong! How much does that set run around $200.00?

03-31-2009, 10:38 AM
We were in the garage when we did this... all three doors up and a fan going, so I didn't feel a need for a vent. mask. I think we bought the "pro" set, which contains EVERYTHING they offer... I'll have to check but I think it ran $699! But, it was very well worth it!

Thanks for the comments! -Tyler