Dowel support for pink insulation foam?

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#1 courier on 5 years ago

Hello, I'm making a weapon out of insulation foam (the pink stuff) and I need to insert a dowel into the center for support.

What's the best way of doing this? Thanks!

#2 Jei-Cos on 5 years ago

How big is the prop? I can tell you for sure that there are ways to make it work. It seems you are shoving it into the foam, correct? If this is true, Sharpen the dowl with a knife or whatever (I used my pocket knife but there are other ways), then use an exacto knife or other cutting type small blade, and dig a hole into where you want it inserted. Glue inside the hole (most insulation foam props don't need it more then about 5" in), insert and let dry.

This is my proof (it stood up to tons of wind at a con in the fall):
[url]http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3275474/[/url]

#3 courier on 5 years ago

It's a little under 3 feet, so not large. The body is made of 2 pieces, so would there be a nice way to carve a dent for the dowel to lay?

#4 Reilala on 5 years ago

Can sand in a groove or carve it out, lay the dowel in and fill in the rest of the space with epoxy

#5 ladysphinx07 on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=courier;4665837]It's a little under 3 feet, so not large. The body is made of 2 pieces, so would there be a nice way to carve a dent for the dowel to lay?[/QUOTE]

My first thought for carving a groove for your dowel would be using something like dremel tool so it's more precise and you have greater control. If you dont have access to that, you can always try using an exacto blade or sharp knife/box cutter to cut out a divot, but my worry would be if you cut too deep and accidentally go right through the foam!