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animeandska
03-10-2003, 05:55 PM
When I made my Wolfwood cosplay outfit- I decided to make the cross punisher like thing out of styrofoam and a bedsheet. I was told (by someone not on cosplay forums) that the best way to hold foam together was by sticking pencils into it and then putting both sides together like that- Although the idea worked- it only held for a bit- now, the foam is not sticking together so well, (I think the pencils wore into the foam)- and I fear it will break if some one decides to do something stupid with it, like pull it out of my hands, or use it as a weapon to hit someone over the head- but for next time when I want to stick two pieces of styrafoam together- could you tell me the best way you know how to do this?

SailorMo
03-10-2003, 07:27 PM
Actually, that is the best way to do it.... except... you forgot one thing: styrofoam glue. Using any kind of stick to connect styrofoam pieces will strenthen the connection, like using "biscuits" in wood working, but you need to cover the sticks with glue as well.

MonoyashaJLA
03-12-2003, 08:46 AM
Hot glue will work really good too, and cheap. You wont have to worry about the prop falling apart. :) Though I've never tryed styrofoam, but use insulation foam for all my weapons. ;)

Dark Vision
03-12-2003, 12:56 PM
try epoxy for the bond, the material will break before the bond goes.

Melchior
03-22-2003, 03:00 PM
Industrial adhesive, such as PL-400, works great on this type of foam.

Miaka No Baka
03-22-2003, 11:43 PM
for the cheapy styrofoamy stuff most craft stores carry get stuff called Hold the Foam it works great on foam and it's specially designed not to eat away at the foam like epoxy can or hot glue can.


Miaka no Baka

Garuda_Aiacos
03-29-2003, 02:07 AM
Originally posted by Miaka No Baka
for the cheapy styrofoamy stuff most craft stores carry get stuff called Hold the Foam it works great on foam and it's specially designed not to eat away at the foam like epoxy can or hot glue can.

I back this. :) And do combine Glue with satay sticks/pencil/etc.

And try the glue on a small piece of the styrofoam first before using it on your styrofoam prop. Some glue and many spray paint will melt styrofoam in seconds; I had it happened to me before, though luckily not on a prop.

LaylaCinder
03-29-2003, 06:08 PM
To tell you the truth, I found that styrofoam stays just fine with extra strength hot glue. I used this to make the headpiece of my Jenova costume, as well as the 4 and 1/2 inch thick wings, then I covered it with sytrofoam smoother, since I needed it smooth, and I've had people run into me at full speed, and hit walls and it's still insanely sturdy....8 months later. ^^;;

yunaffx2
04-06-2003, 05:38 PM
you can buy special foam glue that holds foam together at a material store...it wouldnt cost you much