Building custom foam poppers

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There are a lot of options of pre-made foam popper bodies, the come pre-shaped, as cylinders, or you can buy solid foam blocks. But what if you want soms custom color options and specialized shapes?
Like a black and yellow bee?
Or a green and black frog?
what about a tear-drop body with a big front lip?

Check out this vido on how to build adn shape your own custom bodies. Once you get the technique down, the color and shaping options are endless. Using smaller strips of closed cell foam glued togeather, the multi-color blocks are shaped using a dremel tool for an even professional look.

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  1. Patricio Carey says:

    A ver cuando hacemos otro video de este tipo, Mario.
    When for the next one, Mario?

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  2. Mario Meraz says:

    Cuando gustes Patricio :) fue divertido.

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  3. Mitch Svaty says:

    What kind of sand paper stuff do you use?

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  4. Patricio Carey says:

    Hi Mitch… thanks for your post. In this case (our first try on this), we used different sandpapers and a couple of nail files. The sand paper started with a 180 and move to 220, then a 400 to give a better finish. All were wood sandpapers. If you want to do the same using cork or wood, the thin the sandpaper, the better the finish. Since Mario applied several hands of nail polish and some UV Epoxi, in this case we decided that the finish was good enough. Hope this helped.

    Regards,

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  5. JamesH says:

    Hi Mitch

    Quick question. How do you attach the foam to the dremel tool?

    Thanks

    James

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  6. Patricio Carey says:

    Hi James… we were using a couple of simple tools. Using the bodkin, we go across the foam piece. Remove the bodkin and insert the foam piece on a tool like these on this pic: http://www.mytoolstore.com/dremel/7103-714.jpg
    very similar to the 7103. Since is a dense foam and the Dremel tool spins and works really fast, the foam piece wont be ejected from the tool, unless you hit the foam piece really hard.
    Hope this helped, James.
    Regards,

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  7. Maxim says:

    Wow! Really great! What kind of glue do you use to glue the layers of foam?

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  8. Patricio Carey says:

    Thanks for the post, Maxim. Mario used a cement of the brand “UHU” the one that have the blue / violet packaging. I’ve been looking for some more information but I couldn’t find it. According with Mario, when gluing the foamy sheets and piece, he said that the glue seems to slightly melt or dissolve the surface of the foamy. I’ll post more information here once I find it.
    “Cast to the Rise”

    Patricio.

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  9. Maxim says:

    Thanks, Patricio! Is it something like this? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PNVR4Y/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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