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Old 01-14-2005, 08:08 PM
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3d foam idea advice

hey guys.. i was thinking of doing something like this...

this project is with my center arm console like in the pic below:


its starting to get holes in it and getting pretty worn.

what i was wanting to do is to create the supra symbol like the pic below:



i want to make the shape of the dragon about the size of a poker chip toward the front.

would this be too hard to do? what kind of foam or other materials should i try? any words of advice on difficult parts this project could give me?

either way i am going to replace the fabric and foam ... but i thought this would add a little something different to my ride

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Pretty easy to do actually. Get some closed cell foam like this use 3m () spray adhesive. Then cover the whole thing with the material of your choice and you will have it. Using the same method, I made pleats in the door panels of my current project like this.
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thats awesome! .... i hope it will be pretty easy to do.

the only problem i am thinking is how much detail will i lose?

is there a certain material that would be best to use to keep the detail and to keep the rest of the material from bunching once i get it wrapped the rest of the way?
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If you go with the tweed or Illusion faux leather that place sells, it will be plenty flexible enough to give you very good detail. Just don't try to miniaturize the symbol too much. Smething about 3" dia or bigger will do great.
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The biggest thing to remember, WORK the material into the detail of the design, do not STRETCH it into the design. If it is stretched into the design, it will not last. Use a wood burnishing tool or even a plastic spreader (used for bondo) to work the material into the detail of the design.
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I like Popsicle sticks for that job!
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I like Popsicle sticks for that job!
Thats a very good idea. Whatever you do, dont use a screwdriver.

I bought a clay modeling tool set from a local art supply store. The different shapes work great for working material into various shapes. Like this
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I like Popsicle sticks for that job!
Cheap and I get to eat the Popsicles!!
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nice... i have one of those trim sticks... its like a popsickle stick but plastic for removing trim clips. that sould work.

i'll keep everyone posted on this project.. especially since i got some good pointers on starting it.

THANKS!!
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