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rowdymagi5
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Can anybody recomend a good glue for attatching foam to foam?
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The answer is going to vary depending on the type of foam you're using and how srong the joint wants to be: is it foam rubber, rigid plastic foam (the white stuff), Styrofoam (the blue stuff), florist's foam (the green stuff), etc? Generally, an open-celled foam can be glued with good old white glue, but a closed-cell foam needs something more like contanct cement or 3M Spray 77.
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DAP makes a water-based contact cement for styrofoam that might work on other types of foam.
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It is the type of foam you would see in a plastic gun case. A soft padded case type of foam. doesn't need a really strong bond, just need to keep it from moving around, more of an anchor.

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Check through this list of spray adhesives from 3M. 77 can be found many places (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.). Hancock Fabrics carries a few of the others, including foam-specific. I've used a few different ones from the list and always with great results.
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I'm gluing some foam together also, a bit of styrofoam to make an anvil gag I cooked up for trick or treaters this Halloween.

(It involves a real anvil on the front porch, horn down just outside a target, and a BIG anvil swinging from a tiny rope above the target. Plus a sign that will read "Pull rope for treats," and a voice loop something like "there's another one ... CUT THE ROPE! CUT THE ROPE!")

The big anvil, of course, will be carved of foam. I don't feel like hauling a real one upstairs Smile
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On 2007-10-02 22:13, Leland Stone wrote:

The big anvil, of course, will be carved of foam. I don't feel like hauling a real one upstairs Smile


...twice. (Have a sense of humor, please.) Smile
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This reminds me of a stage gag I wanted to do in a show, but it turned out we didn't need it. The idea was that a character would be pounding a sword on a large anvil with a huge hammer. Then, at one point, a character would need to tie down a large rope, so he would pick up the anvil like it was a lightweight stage prop, move it to where he needed it, tie the rope to it, and pull it tight.

Maybe I'll get to do it in another show sometime.
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For contrast, have what should be a light weight object actually filled with bricks or iron. Thought it would be fun to have 2 cases, one small but extremely heavy, while the other appears to be a large crate, but actually made of balsa or foamcore. Have a big guy struggle to move the small case, while a little kid moves the crate with no problems.

I have a couple large steel balls that someone gave me (3" and 6"). I desperately want to make one of them look like a sponge ball.
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The arts and crafts store 'Michaels' carries a glue specifically for foam, and tons of glues for everything else. There are several locations in VA.
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Hi, Michael,

Just thinking out loud... on that steel ball you want to look like a sponge ball. How about coating it with that liquid latex product used for dipping tool handles, and then, just before it dries, tapping it lightly with a real foam sponge to raise the texture? You'd have to do the ball in two or three sections, but it might work. You might also have to use a good primer on it to get the latex to stick.
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Some time ago, I actually tried to flock it with a fine ground scenic material used for model railroads (glued on, but I don't recall what kind of adhesive I used). Problem was, the ball is so darn heavy that when I would move on to another area, the side that was down would rub away just due to the force of the weight.

The stippling idea just might work. Matching the color might pose a problem. I kind of wanted to ring it into a sponge routine while seated at a table. It should match.

Oh, well... I think of lots of useless ideas. Smile
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Why don't you try 3M foam aheadsive, it comes in a spray can, spray both parts, wait a few minutes, just like contact cement
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