Finding crafting foam in the UK

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by thehalfboy, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. thehalfboy

    thehalfboy New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm new to crafting, and I've been trying to locate some good quality foam to craft with a dremel, but I'm struggling to find any in shops or online, other than at a ridiculously high price, and I wondered if any other UK users had an idea.
     
  2. CynderBloc

    CynderBloc Active Member

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    I get mine from eBay, it's a toss up on what sizes are available at any given time though
     
  3. thehalfboy

    thehalfboy New Member

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    I tried searching on there, but didn't find anything. Of course I might be searching for entirely the wrong thing! Is there a better search term than "craft foam" or some variation there of? :)
     
  4. FloatingFatman

    FloatingFatman New Member

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    Allow bud,
    Have you tried looking in B&Q?
    I was in there the other day and saw the floor matting for £14.95?? (don't hold me to that) there abouts.

    if you dont know what mats I mean. it's these things.... [​IMG]

    Best of luck anyway.

    Dave. :)
     
  5. redbridge1

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    Any idea what the thickness of these mats is?
     
  6. CynderBloc

    CynderBloc Active Member

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    Now I'm not 100% which kind of foam your after

    If you want the kind of foam that people use to build armour etc, the EVA foam above is what you want.

    If you want the kind of foam I thought you were talking about, the pink/blue/orange high density modelling foam, try searching for 'modelling foam', 'scenery foam'. I know for a fact that the pink and blue versions are on there
     
  7. Leigh

    Leigh Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Also try styrofoam :)

    Theres also the green foam thats used in floristry Oasis & theres insulation foam
     
  8. Dung0beetle

    Dung0beetle Well-Known Member

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  11. Pro Mod

    Pro Mod Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If you want a foam block to carve the cheapest options are polystyrene or insulation foam.
    The type of polystyrene you want is high density, small bead. We use this for carving all the time at work.
    Look for polystyrene foam packaging suppliers in your area. They will cut you pieces to size or they may have off-cut pieces on the shelf.
    It's cheap stuff. I recently bought a block 2m x 800mm x 450mm for £45.00 + vat.
    Insulation foam comes in many grades but the type you want is the blue one - sorry can't remember it's name. Try Sheffield Insulations, there's on in Leeds. As soon as you tell them you only want one piece they'll probably ask you if your building a model!
    Hope this helps.
     
  12. thehalfboy

    thehalfboy New Member

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    That's fantastic guys, thank you! I'm actually on the look out for both kinds of foam, the EVA foam for making armour with, and the scenery foam for making items to make moulds for, such as moulding latex superhero masks.
     
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