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Topic: CorPlast props?
Message: Posted by: Sammy the Kid (May 4, 2005 01:22AM)
I'm looking at using CorPlast sheets to make a Square-Circle and was wondering if anyone else has used this stuff for prop building. I'm not going to make a very big S-C. Just big enough for parlor type magic. I just was thinking of keeping things light and easy. If you have an X-Acto knife, you have all the specialized tools you need for construction.

Sammy the Kid
Message: Posted by: Lyndel (May 4, 2005 07:17AM)

Corplast is certainly lightweight. There is no doubt that a prop built from it will weigh much less than a wooden or metal S.C.

However, what you'll gain in lightness has to be weighed against what you're going to give up in durability.

This material, as you know is great for sign making, but certainly isn't built for trouping. You would need to build another one after a while.

The good thing about it is that it comes in many different colors and could easily be customized to specific clients. I have a friend who used corplast on a slightly larger scale. He made a victory carton illusion out of the material to produce a ceo for a one time show... sort of a disposable illusion if you will...

Message: Posted by: Sammy the Kid (May 4, 2005 08:14AM)
I've used it to make R/C airplanes and it seems durable enough for a 30 MPH crash (landings are tough), but I believe you might be right about packing and unpacking and using for practice and presentation. I believe I will still make a S-C out of it for a mockup as I want a very elaborate Victorian filigree cutout on the front of a nice wooden one. This way I will have a good idea if the pattern will work before I take the scroll saw to a good piece of wood.

Sammy the Kid
Message: Posted by: Lyndel (May 4, 2005 08:45AM)

30 mile per hour crash?! Ouch! It's tough stuff alright! But I think that through time, using it as a material for magic props - the really pretty finish the prop had to start with, will begin to show scratches, etc. or come apart at the seams during a performance. Of course, I guess one could say the same about wood or metal huh?

Let me know how it works for you and how it holds up!

Message: Posted by: Sammy the Kid (May 5, 2005 12:38AM)
At 30mph it bounces pretty good. You'd be surprised what this stuff'll tolerate. Its too heavy now that I've gone to electric powered planes, so I just need to do something with the stuff I got stuck back. You know how it is....

Sammy the Kid
Message: Posted by: Kevin Ridgeway (May 5, 2005 07:09AM)
Alos don't forget it come in different thicknesses. We have a tip over trunk previously owned and buily for Greg Wilson. Is is made of Corplast that is 5/8" thick. It is impossible to crush by hand, you cant even make a dent in it. The trunk has held up very by when owned by Greg and now by us. We have added a different facade to it to make it look like Santa's Toy Shop. The underlying facade is a haunted house look.

There are some great things that can be done with it.

Message: Posted by: muzicman (May 5, 2005 09:03AM)
Where do you find Corplast? I checked at Home Depot and couldn't find it. I have some projects I'd like to complete and this stuff sounds like my answer.
Message: Posted by: Lyndel (May 5, 2005 09:12AM)

Any sign maker in your area will carry it and will probably re-sell it to you in large sheets.

Message: Posted by: Kevin Ridgeway (May 5, 2005 10:39AM)
Also most plastic distributors will have it as well. Plus they are more likely to have the thicker sheets than your typical sign company carries.

Message: Posted by: camikesrd (May 6, 2005 02:28PM)
Here is a p;astic compant that has CorePlast and more information about it that

you will ever need to know http://www.regal-plastics.com

Mike Walsh