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Balsa Foam is an 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). It has a density of approximately 5 lb per cubic foot.
Printing/Relief Blocks Class Pack
40 blocks, 4½" × 6" × ½" (11 cm × 15 cm × 1 cm). An ideal size for both relief sculpture and block printing.
Project Squares Class Pack
48 squares, 3" × 3" × ½" (8 cm × 8 cm × 1 cm). For small projects from ornaments to fabric stamps.
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Excellent product for adding to model dioramas
By Red Mill Model
from Virginia Beach
Comments about Amaco Balsa Foam:
Discovered this product about 2 years ago and have been slowly getting better at using it for dioramas in my hobby. easy to shape and takes paint well.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Awesome product for modeling
I carved the Cactus, structures and bridge footings from balsa foam, easy to work and can simulate many surfaces.
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Soft and Easy But Does Crumble
from Jacksonville, Florida
Carves very nicely but does crumble easily and there's a lot of dust. Breaks fairly easily, too, and the glues I've used don't work well. Also got the dense version but have not used that one yet. Overall, I'd say this is better than the green foam from hobby stores and flower shops because it stays together better Have not yet reached the paint stage so can't comment on that. Let's say: so far, so good.
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My Students Love Balsa Foam
By Rowdy Rod
from Portland Or
The project I have students complete using Balsa Foam is a "sculptural face relief." I cut the balsa foam into 6" x 9" x 1" pieces and have students sculpt their likeness into the balsa foam. It is a very challenging project for my sculpture kids trying to get the facial feature elevations as accurate as possible. Sculpting/carving the balsa foam is very easy for students. I have them use pottery ribbon tools and donated dental tools. I have them work on newspaper to make clean up easy also. Balsa foam is similar to carve foam, but even more adaptable to sharper, cleaner and highly detailed carving.The only thing that can be an issue is the scratching noise that you will hear while 30 kids are carving into their balsa foam. Not a big deal, I just turn the music up louder ;)
Students Love These
By Charmed Art
from Fresno, Ca
Been using these for years with my students and they have achieved great success and confidence - a great beginning sculpture substrate.The only downside is the dust - it's relatively irritating because it's like fine, scratchy sand, and you do NOT want to get it in your eyes, but it's easy to do because the powder sticks to your arms and hands and faces do get brushed...
I would buy this product again and again
By no name
from Boston, MA
This was used by students. Very reliable product and easy to work with.
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from Madison, Alabama
Years ago my son's art teacher gave me some of the balsa foam to try. I loved using it! For years I searched for it and last year I persisted and found yall sold it. I didn't know if it was the same product I used before. I ordered just a few to try out. I am so glad it's the same as years ago. I just love working with it! I have created a few intricate pieces and have been commissioned to do two custom pieces. I hope you like the way they came out! I know I do!
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Cala Lilly and Daffodils
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Humingbird on Peanut Plant. Commissioned Piece
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By Everyone's Creative
from Austin, TX
I used the product to teach bas relief to groups of students at a shelter. They experimented with leather tools, with clay tools, and with styluses. They found the medium intriguing and created a variety of art pieces.
from Madison, Al
I have been searching for this foam for years. I am so glad I found it. I have had many artists asking about it. If all goes well, I will be ordering a lot more and more artists will be also.
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Mardi Gras Mask
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Balsa foam is a fantastic product!
from Milan, Italy
I'm modeller and sculptor in Italy...best product and best customer care!thanks
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