Experiments in Foam Carving

This is the first experiment carving layered foam with a hot wire. I used Elmers spray glue to stick the layers together thinking it would be easier to cut through than a glue or spreadable adhesive. That proved true, however the sheets did not have complete surface contact, so next block will have to be weighted more while curing.

This still needs to be sanded to round out the form, then coated in Apoxie Paste to create a solid shape ready for surface treatments. I’m really just experimenting here, so we’ll see what it winds up looking like!

The goal is to be able to create complex shapes that appear to be carved from stone or cast without the weight (or wait).


Progress so far, and yes, you can see that I tend to get ahead of myself and add surface treatments before I’m done with all the forming! That being said, the Apoxy Clay (2 part epoxy type clay) worked perfectly to create the tip of the spiral and blend seamlessly into existing wing. I was also able to texture it without any other material added.

Because I cannot just work on one piece at a time…

The painting pictured is 40” sq, done on a 2" deep box frame. This work in progress is not titled yet - it will evolve and the name will surface. I used caulk to create the surface figure lines and am embedding some of my small people shapes within.

The figure will be holding a large, real sand dollar in contemplation. Silver outlines will be coated in iridescence to represent the energy that flows through all things and connects us all. Note the crackled background, we are connected even when fractured. And as the Japanese art of Kintsugi shows us, when we come back together we can be stronger and more beautiful than before.

The other pix are the Winged Spiral with new surface texture finished and ready to be coated in bronze. After that will come patina…

Winged Spiral 1 in progress

Working on Winged Spiral #1. 

I took a different approach to creating the wing after using hardware cloth (heavy screening) to create the basic shape and wiring it to the steel rod spiral, in the interest of keeping the wing thin but structurally sound.  

In moving I came across a few rolls of bandaging wrap that sticks to itself. (see - it pays to go through your stuff) It occurred to me that I could wrap the screen and give the Apoxie Paste a substrate to stick to without dripping through the screen (most desirable!). I spread the first layer last night as a test, this morning it’s exactly as I expected (yay!) - thin, smooth & hard. More layers to come, then metal coating with patina…thinking bronze….

New Space!

Well, I think I’m getting close to being done unpacking🙄. Creative juices are flowing again after being too long buried under the seismic pressures this year brought.

If you haven’t taken the time to go through your stuff and put your hands on every item you own, there’s no way to appreciate all the things. Having “right-sized” my space gave me just that opportunity!

I have successfully thinned my herd of stuff to the most important items (Mind you, what’s important to me).

This has brought me a delicious feeling of lightness of being that makes my spirit soar and let’s me begin creating with new perspectives and new priorities.

I continue to focus on Water this year, experimenting with different media. Pix to follow…

Stay Curious!

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