Thursday, December 24, 2009

3D Styrofoam Anubis head.

I've been thinking of a way to make a decent Anubis head for another prop for Halloween and I came up with the following : glueing several sheets of styrofoam together to make a thick cube and cut it out with a hot wire styrofoam cutter in 3D. The way to cut 3D patterns is to cut one side ( face side ) en turn the cube 90 degrees and cut the other side ( side view). I will post some how-to pictures when I cut the real sized heads.
I did a test run with a miniature version of the jackal ( Anubis ) head. It's about 6" long and 4" high.
After cutting the main parts of the head , you can use a file to smooth and round the edges. If you need to take out bigger chunks of material , you can use a handheld hot wire foam cutter that can be bought at your craft store or you can make your own , the same way you would make a hot wire foam cutter table.
If you're interested in building your own cutter , you can do a search on the net and find the information you need. Anyway , here are some pics of the unfinished , rough cut , miniature styrofoam head.
The real head will be about 2 ft long and approximately 1 and a half foot high.
Found enough styrofoam to start the first head.
After three burned out hand hot wire foam cutters , I was able to cut little pieces out of the styrofoam head. Here's the progress so far.

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