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Balsa Foam is the amazing plastic foam that carves like butter and paints like wood. It's ideal for sculpting and model making because it can be carved, chiseled, sawed, textured, or embossed with sharp-edged detail.
Like balsa wood, it accepts virtually any kind of spray or brush-applied paint. Use a water-based finishing medium to seal the foam and harden the surface. Unlike other plastic foams, Balsa Foam does not expand, contract, or warp at temperatures below 350°F (177°C).
Balsa Foam II is the same as Balsa Foam, but with 10 lb (per cubic foot) density. This higher density results in a more durable model, yet Balsa Foam II is still easy to carve and shape. It's great for 3-dimensional model making.
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Mine and Tipple
from Kansas City
Comments about Amaco Balsa Foam II:
I will be using the balsa foam to make the stone wall for a mine/tipple model. I also buy my basswood at Blick.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Make sure this is the size you want!
By K-8 teacher
from Los Angeles, CA
I needed to pay better attention when I ordered and accidentally got these mini cubes which aren't good for much of a sculpture at all.....the blocks carve nicely - but a dust mask and safety goggles are definitely needed for a classroom full of young carvers.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Holds detail, easy to carve.
from Sarasota, Fl
Used the Balsa Foam to carve bas relief panels. It held detail quite well. The rough, sandy texture was hard n my hands. I wasn't expecting that.
Use this for sculpting
from Portland, OR
I use balsa foam for most of my sculptures. It is easy to carve and holds fine details. It is dusty and messy but that's just the nature of the material. 2 downsides to this product. 1) the larger the block you need, the more expensive it gets. Carving over a glued seam is not great and 2) the dust rusts steel if you let it sit. For instance, the dust rusted my band saw bed and a lot of my hand tools. This is my go-to carving material and highly recommend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent carving material
By Puffing Billy
from Omaha, Nebraska
I am using the product to carve stone retaining walls for a model railroad. Much easier than casting from plaster.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
No Better Carving Foam
from Martinsville, IN
I have used Balsa Foam in the past, but this time decided to try Balsa Foam II. Wow! It is easy to shape but far more durable. This is a fantastic carving foam. The improved version has allowed me to greatly improve the number of applications.
Dick Blick is the Best!
By Spirit NY
from Westchester County, NY
This product is wonderful for sculpting and for teach sculpture. I will be using it in my classes. I also want to add that I have been ordering from Dick Blick for years. They have always been top notch, have solid values, a broad range of materials, and excellent customer service. I have never had a problem with returns either. I use them for all of my art materials, and will continue to do so.
from Delta, BC, Canada
Last time I ordered this product, there was (as listed on the Blick site) Balsa-Foam 1 (7 lb), 2 (12 lb) and 3 (20 lb).I ordered Balsa-Foam 2 - and received Balsa Foam HARD DENSITY.Checking the manufacturers site, they seem to now just have a SOFT and a HARD choice.Anyway, it is still a great and very useful product, but maybe Blick should change their site to match what you actually get to avoid confusion!
from Ontario, Canada
I needed a high density foam that could be carved without heat tools. This worls great, although yes it get's dusty. Compared to any florist foam, it is about as dusty as that. But nothing a vaccuum won't fix! It is crisp and hard, but easy to cut. Most details show up pretty well. I used them to carve life-size weapons for a fun zombie-protection kit. As soon as they are sealed and painted, they are hard and durable.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
FANTASTIC product, great price!
By Cult of Personality Productions
from Street, Maryland
I have been using this product for OVER ten years now, but Blick is THE best place to get it! Like "Kleenex" or "Coke", Balsa Foam is used to describe ALOT of different products, but the ORIGINAL by Amaco has proven the old adage "You get what you pay for", although currently with the discount, you get MORE than you pay for! As with ANY material there IS a learning curve (I remember damaging a sheet just removing the shrink wrap) but as advertised, easily carved, INCREDIBLE at holding detail, biggest drawback is it will oxidize metal tools if you don't clean them after use and the dust gets EVERYWHERE and is very dense creating a heavy load for your dustbuster's motor.
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