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post #1 of 10
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Does anyone have any tips on cutting foamcore board or if it can be bought in pre-cut rounds? No matter how careful I am, it always looks uneven and jagged.

Many thanks!
post #2 of 10
I use a hot knife--cuts foamcore like butter.

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post #3 of 10
I cut foam core circles all of the time using a scroll saw. I bought one at Home Depot for around $100. Best investment I've made. The saw is also good for cutting dowel rods evenly.
post #4 of 10
BlakesCakes - Thanks for the tip on the Hot Knife, I didn't know this existed. Have you ever found this at Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Home Depot?
post #5 of 10
Michael's & Hobby Lobby carry them. I don't know if they carry this "cheaper" model--just the electric handle and 2 blades--but I know they carry the Creative Hot Marks/Walnut Hollow set. You can find those in the wood crafts area, usually. WalMart also has the larger set--it contains some little extras.

http://cgi.ebay.com/CREATIVE-HOT-MARKS-TOOL-KIT-BY-WALNUT-HOLLOW_W0QQitemZ330090359575QQcmdZViewItem

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post #6 of 10
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Thank you so much for your replies. You just don't know how much I appreciate it! I will buy a hot knife this weekend!
post #7 of 10
I've used a hot knife on styrofoam, but not foamcore. It melts through the PAPER part????


I use a cutter made by Xacto specifically for cutting boards:

http://www.artcity.com/xac-7747.html

Most art supply and some framing stores have them.

Something about the design of the blade makes it cut foamcore much smoother than anything else I've ever tried.
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crimsicle

I've used a hot knife on styrofoam, but not foamcore. It melts through the PAPER part????


I use a cutter made by Xacto specifically for cutting boards:

http://www.artcity.com/xac-7747.html

Most art supply and some framing stores have them.

Something about the design of the blade makes it cut foamcore much smoother than anything else I've ever tried.

I bought one of the foam boader cutters on sale at walmart!
post #9 of 10
Yes, it cuts through the paper very cleanly.

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post #10 of 10
forgive me for thinking out loud...I wonder if an electric knife would work?
hmmmmmm.....I usually use a razor without too much problem. I discovered foam core about 8 years ago, and started making bird houses out of them...never realizing I would be using them for cakes one day. But a round is a little tricker than a square.
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