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Posted by B Sheids, on 2006-06-01 14:46:16

Where can I buy BLUE FOAM?

I'm building some cliffs, and Home Depot and Lowes do not sell it, apparently. Does anyone know where to buy this stuff? I haven't used it since college, and even then we could get it at the art store. No such luck in Ohio...

Posted by junkycow, on 2006-06-01 15:53:54

does this foam you need have to be blue? if you're going to cover the cliffs with something else, the foam can be any color

Posted by B Sheids, on 2006-06-02 13:46:02

no it does not need to be blue. I was referring to BlueFoam, a type of industrial EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE that is very dense ans cuts and sands well. Used by Industrial designers, etc. I guess regular styrofoam will work too, but I need it in large blocks.

Posted by ncdoty, on 2006-06-02 14:40:54

Here is a very interesting article about Blue Foam, it explains that most people do not refer to it as Blue Foam and gives some hints on how to find it. I hope this helps. Sounds like the perfect material for making sets, and possibly parts of puppets. Good luck. http://www.barrule.com/workshop/images/info/foams/index.htm Nathan

Posted by junkycow, on 2006-06-02 16:17:16

aaaaaa now i get it, yes ive heard of bluefoam, but you typed it as two separate words. and i'm pretty sure styrofoam can be bought in large blocks as well. model train supply stores might sell it

Posted by Toggo, on 2006-06-02 22:42:30

wouldn't the pink foam board at Home depot/ lowes or any building supply work for you? I have used pink board for model pieces and terrain for years and the blue was not readily accessible. Pretty sure its about the same thing. Might be worth a shot.

Posted by Strider, on 2006-06-03 00:59:29

There's also green foam, sold in blocks at florist supply shops. They use it to stick flowers into, but it's the same stuff as the blue/pink insulation foam. great for carving.

Posted by Hioxz, on 2006-06-03 04:10:42

Is that really the same? I can remember the green foam being way softer than the blue foam. (you can easily press your finger trough the green one) And the green foam is made to absorb moist/water, while the blue foam doesnt do that.

Posted by Strider, on 2006-06-03 04:19:03

Oh, well you may be right. I've never tired green foam, I remember reading that somewhere. Well then, consider it a very soft carving foam. ;)

Posted by Hioxz, on 2006-06-03 04:36:12

:-) The green stuff is really cheap though. (btw, there may be different types of green foam (so you might be right anyway) but the (floral) green foam i know isn't the same as blue foam afaik. Btw, here(in holland) the blue foam is also called Roofmate (although that's just a trade name from a company called DOW i think: http://www.dow.com/ )

Posted by DaveHettmer, on 2006-06-05 14:32:02

Having used all three, I say this: blue foam == pink foam blue foam != green foam Do not use green foam unless you coat it with resin or some such hard thing. It will crumble when you put weight on it and then you will be sad.

Posted by B Sheids, on 2006-06-07 13:15:18

AHA! Thanks for all the feedback. I guess the proper term is EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE, not expanded. I looked around at Lowes, but it was not in the insulation section. I heard from my local art store that they tend to keep it "in the back" next to something called Beaded foam. Not sure what that is. Apparently, it is a lot easier to find in cooler climated areas. In Florida or Bermuda, it's harder to come by since it used for insulation. I found some big 12" chunks of regular coarse styrofoam, a more plebian approach. This might work, since I'm only building cliffs with the stuff, and it may be less expensive. The blocks of generic styrofoam were about 1 square meter, by maybe 18 cm for like 30 bucks. Does this sound like a good deal?

Posted by RavenstarStudio, on 2006-06-07 14:17:12

I sulpt with it all the time and had a very hard time finding it , but I did find a source in the DFW area for me. I'm not sure where you are , but this compnay carriers all the sizes.http://www.alliedbuilding.com/products/productDetail.asp?ProductID=30120230 . all the thickness's , 2 inch , 3 inc and 4 inch ( my favor) but they are in but DOW , who makes it can not help in locating it , they just don't keep track. I would also look in the local hone book for Foam companys , they they carry lots of diffrent brands.

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-06-12 21:43:28

The ordinary white polystyrene foam is made in huge blocks at the factory, and is then cut to size. It could be 3 metres (10 ft) x 2 meters (6 ft) x 1 metre (39") for example. At the place I last went it comes in 3 densities - low density like you see moulded for packaging of TVs and things, medium density (like I bought for carving garden sculptures) and high density. The low density stuff has larger little balls fused together, the high density has finer balls. The higher the density the more it costs. Look for plastics manufacturers in your area. They may also make the blue stuff, or other materials like polyurethane foam.

Posted by bkaufman, on 2006-06-15 18:44:32

White EPS foam (beaded) is the most inexpensive...great for chunking out rock formations and cliffs on a large scale. I usually use no higher than a 2lb density foam. The pink extruded foam board at Home depot or Lowe's works good, little harder to carve but sturdier. Only comes in sheets up to 3 inches there so you'll have glue them together. You can use PL polyurethane glue applied with a caulking gun that works well. Then there is pink or blue foam (Trymer foam) that studios use for fine detail work....spendy stuff, damages easily but carves like butter. Here is a link to a page of diffferent sculptures I have done using all three types of foam listed above: http://www.bradkaufman.com/fabrication.html

Posted by jduva2000, on 2006-09-08 12:21:38

Hi To All: My name is Jay and I work for a company called Conigliaro Industries which is in Framingham, MA, right outside of Boston. We are a recycler and one of the products we recycle alot of, is foam insulation, EPS (bead and blueboard), as well as ISO and composite board. We sell it for light years less than you might pay at the home center or supply house and it is as good as new! Please give me a call if anyone is interested in these materials and I would be more than happy to provide more info for you. I hope posting here was not out of turn and that I am able to help in some way. Take care to all and have a great day! Jay Duval Conigliaro Industries 508 872 9668 x20 888 266 4425 x20 jay@conigliaro.com