Coat Of Arms

Balsa Foam Coat Of Arms

The medieval art of heraldry is updated to create a unique and decorative gift! Balsa Foam II carves like butter and paints like wood. It can be carved, chiseled, sawed, and textured, and it accepts virtually any kind of paint.

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    1. Choose a shape and design for your coat of arms. Sketch it onto a 12" x 9" x 1" block of Balsa Foam II. The most common shape is called a heater (shown above). Draw double lines dividing the design into four quadrants. Sketch a design in each quadrant representing your interests, profession, character traits, etc. Draw a ribbon-shaped banner across the bottom to hold a family name.

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    2. Cut out the coat of arms and banner with a coping saw and knife. Use finer sculpting and shaping tools to carve away the areas around each design. Add further definition using basic wood chisels. Carve and sculpt as much detail as you want.

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    3. After sculpting, use sandpaper to smooth the edges. Cut the sandpaper into smaller pieces to reach into crevices. Prime the foam for painting with a coat of white acrylic paint. Apply two coats if necessary.

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    4. Use Blick Artists' Acrylic to add color and details. Experiment with different techniques to achieve the desired effect. When paint is completely dry, add a coat of Blick Artists' Acrylic Matte Varnish for a satin finish.

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    5. Attach a Lineco Self-Stick Easel Back or sawtooth hanger to the back of your creation, and your coat of arms is ready for display!

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