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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:31 PM
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Was it cardboard or was it....FOAM CORE! Inquiring minds want to know!
If it was foam core, then this is hugh.

You MOUNT on Foam Core!

This is not pretty. Please take the kids away and be warned the description below is graphic.

"Foamcore is a strong lightweight, easily cut material useful for backing, mounting photographic prints, framing, 3D design and painting. It consists of three layers an inner layer of polystyrene clad with outer facing of either a white claycoated paper or brown Kraft paper.

The original white foamcore board was made in 1/8 inch (3 mm) and 3/16 inch (5 mm) thicknesses for the graphic arts industry by Monsanto under the trade name Fome-Cor. Monsanto sold the business to International Paper in 1993, and the business is currently operated by Alcan Composites. The surface of the regular board is slightly acidic. For archival photo purposes Alcan produces a neutral, acid-free version. Similar products are now available from competitors in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses.

Foam cored materials are available with a cladding of solid styrene and other rigid plastic sheeting, some with a textured finish.

This material does not hold up well to some glues, such as superglue, and certain types of paint. The foam tends to melt away and dissolve. While Elmer's White glue works well in casual settings, the water in the glue can warp the fibers in the outer layers. Best results are typically obtained from the higher-end spray adhesives like 3M's Super 77. In situations where a craft store is either not nearby or closed, a hot glue gun can be used as a substitute, although the low viscosity of hot glues can show up in finished projects with board warp, bubbles, or other unsightly blemishes. Now on the market are self adhesive foam boards, and while this looks like a perfect idea for mounting, it is in fact very very tricky to get right, this is because the glue sets too fast. It will be cheaper to buy plain foam board and then repositionable spray mount as you will not make as many mistakes.

Foamcore is commonly used to produce architectural models, prototype small objects and produce patterns for casting. Scenery for scale model displays and dioramas and games such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 and Void is often produced by hobbyists from foamcore. It's also often used by photographers as a reflector.

Note, in the UK this material is called Foamboard.

Foamcore also refers to a subgenre of House music that originated in foam dance parties and is differentiated by its conspicuously slow and heavy drum track in relation to the rest of the music."


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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:37 PM
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1. Off to the Greatest Page with ye!
I'm sure it's a profound metaphor for something.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:43 PM
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2. They say once you've gone foam, you'll never go home!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:48 PM
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3. And if you do, you don't go home alone!
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:04 PM
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4. Locking...
there are far too many threads on this "issue" already. Please feel free to post in one of those begun earlier.
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