Consumables

The first section will be a brief description of the different types of foam I use followed by other consumable items like glues, paints and other stuff

  • Poly-Props Foam

    This is a foam I've recently discovered. It comes in different density much like plastazote but it has the same smoothness as EVA. The foam comes in three thicknesses; 2mm, 5mm and 10mm in 2m x 1m rolls. For general usage, I will only be talking about the 10mm version as it is the most used thickness for foam builds. The properties do transfer across to the other thicknesses. This foam is probably the best I've found so far for three distinct reasons: It does not have the annoying pattern everyone is used to, the surfaces are extremely smooth and it is cheap AF.

    The basic craft foam comes at £10. It is smooth on BOTH sides unlike puzzle mats and it's only fractionally less dense. I quite literally use it daily.

    CF65 - At £23, this is a slightly more dense version which I haven't had a chance to test it out yet.

    CF100 - Finally at £35 this is the mother of all of their foam. The foam is dense. It is so dense, I didn't need a core for my Soldier 76 rifle. It is extremely easy to work with and heat form as well. If I had the money, I'd be using this for all of my armour but I don't so I use the basic stuff.

    EyeOfSaron Designs has done more experiment with the foam which includes how it reacts to heat compared to other foam that he used. You can read more on that [[[[[here]]]]]

    Here's the link to their website: www.poly-props.com
  • Plastazote

    Plastazote foam is a closed cell polyethylene foam blown with nitrogen. This type of foam comes in the most variety of density and thickness. It can be heat formed extremely well. It's the most commonly used foam for LARP weapons as it's soft but dense enough to hold the weapon's shape. LD45 is the recommended density for making weapons. LD30 is a softer foam that should be used for mace spikes and other blunt striking edges. Comes in a slightly rougher surface than the other two foams above and it's more absorbent as well.

    Pros:
    -Easy to work with
    -Holds well when heat formed
    -Burns before it melts
    -Comes in a wide selection of thickness and density

    Cons:
    -Expensive AF
    -Not as smooth as the other foams

    Texture: 5/10
    Effort needed to finish: 6/10
    Variety (thickness/density): 10/10
    Price (Standard 10mm): £34 (2m x 1m)

    I usually get mine from Thames Valley Supplies

  • EVA

    Most commonly used mats also known as: Garage mats, puzzle mats, floor mats, yoga mats, anti-fatigue mats. They are easy to work with, sturdy enough if you were to build a structure from it, the shape will hold nicely. The most common and cheapest type comes with a pattern on the back and it usually comes in 10mm and 6mm thickness.

    Pros:
    -Easy to work with
    -Holds well
    -Burns before it melts
    -Nice density

    Cons:
    -Usually comes with a patterned back
    -Can have holes in them due to manufacturing process

    Texture: 9/10 Effort needed to finish: 2/10
    Variety (thickness/density): 2/10
    Price (Standard 10mm): £10 (6 squares)

    I usually get mine from Halfordsor E-bay for the thinner 6mm rolls

September 12, 2017

Thermoplastics

June 23, 2017

Adhesives (Glue and stuff)

June 14, 2017

Poly-Props SEAL Brush On and how to use it

June 13, 2017

Product Review: Poly-Props SEAL – Initial Thoughts