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Microslit foam...any ideas?
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:06 AM
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:50 AM
The Bugger barn foam looks very similar to what you would find on the foam sandles that you can buy in any store. In fact the foam seem identical to the the foam door knob hangers that you can buy in any craft store: http://www.stainedgl...oorhangers.html
The problem would be trying to find a square piece of this stuff without it being cut into a shape. I guess you could also glue several pieces of foam together.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:40 PM
Wouldn't surprise me if those were a seasonal item though.
Michaels crafts has foam like this as mentioned, Joann crafts also has foam like this, and both the foam and place mats were in multiple color choices.
The trick to cutting the nice narrow slits may be to use a double sided razor blade cutter since they are much thinner than the regular Xacto and box cutter style blades.
Getting slits cut uniformly spaced and uniform in length might be an issue.
One idea I had was to use a hair comb to serve as a guide to slice the slots with.
You could also make yourself a template out of a margarine tub lid or something soft enough to cut yet rigid
enough to work as a guide.
If you were really into it, and entertained thoughts about mass production, you could make yourself a foam cutting die to cut the foam to shape before you slit it. There's flytyers that make foam cutting dies like this for crease flies, you could make one for die cutting the box foam in it's proper rectangular shapes.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:57 PM
I dont think it would be to hard to cut the foam to fit the box. I like the idea of a punch to cut the slots neat and uniform. A double edge razor blade snapped in half lengthwise, and then again sideways would give you 4 blades. Probably close enough to a proper slot. Even trimmed a little shorter. You could make as many blades as you would like, and set them in a hardwood block like a foam cutter. Spaced out how you prefer. Just thinking out loud and trying to save a buck as well. I am interested in what you come up with.
Even if you took a piece of hardwood and marked one side where you wanted to blades to be. Then coated that edge with epoxy and set the blades in place. You would be able to see better to line the slot cutter up. if you were only going to make a few here and there the cutter would last for a long time.
"All it takes is one fool to be standing arround doing something, for a bunch of other fools to join in"......a quote from an old Newfoundlander I met fishing in the pooring rain
Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:40 PM
I'll let you know how my project comes out when I'm done....
Posted 24 February 2007 - 05:40 PM
Posted 25 February 2007 - 07:13 AM
I've thought of this, but having never used that box, i wasn't sure if i wanted to build one.
Posted 25 February 2007 - 09:59 AM
PS They're the box that Will is offering as a prize for signing up for the new magazine...you definitely had it right.
Posted 25 February 2007 - 12:20 PM
I use regular craft foam in 2mm and 3mm sizes. I cut the foam with pinking shears that have a jagged effect to them then use a razor blade to cut the slits. You can use a sharpie marker to mark your razor blade as a guide to get uniform slits.
I then glue them to a piece of stiff plastic sheeting cut to the size of the container I am putting them into. Using some velcro to secure it to the container will allow you to interchange your sheets.
You can make a bunch of the sheets, but only need one or two boxes.
Once you get the hang of it, it only takes a half hour or so to do a couple sheets.
Posted 26 February 2007 - 04:40 PM
The fish care less than we do!
Posted 26 February 2007 - 04:46 PM
I was going to get the pinking shears in different sizes and then hand cut the slots...
Posted 26 February 2007 - 10:10 PM
I found them on another board and thought they would make good slit cutters. They were actually made for cutting zonker strips from rabbit hides.
The fish care less than we do!
Posted 28 February 2007 - 12:08 AM
Posted 28 February 2007 - 09:26 AM
Thanks for all your great ideas and participation folks....
Posted 28 February 2007 - 11:55 AM