I’m pretty excited to share with you how I made this ampersand! This was one of those projects that came to my mind and I thought “wow I am genius”.(just kidding) But really, I saw the whole project flash in my mind from start to finish and it came together so flawlessly. Not the case. Don’t get me wrong I love how it turned out and I actually went and bought another Styrofoam board after I was done making this one so I could do another one. So it wasn’t that bad. Hopefully I can share some tips to make this project go easier for you.
First of all, can you believe that this ampersand is actually made of styrofoam!!
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It’s pretty easy to use, but please read all of the directions before you begin. Also it might be a good idea to use a corner of the styrofoam to practice and get a feel for how fast it cuts through the styrofoam.
Caution! The cutter cuts by melting the styrofoam so be careful not to burn yourself.
Cut out the entire perimeter of the ampersand. Then make three additional cuts as you can see in the picture below, where the three red lines are. You might have to tear the paper in order to cut the holes of the Ampersand out.
When fully dry use sandpaper to lightly smooth the entire surface. Then use the styrofoam glue to stick the two pieces back together. You may need to add a small patch of Smooth Finish to cover up the glue seams.
Here is what mine looked like after sanding it.
Here is what it looked like after spraying it with gold spray paint. .
When I showed my husband the finished product he asked, “is that a piece of metal?” The not-so-even areas of the Smooth Finish also added character, and apparently made it look like metal. Not exactly what I was going for, but I LOVE how it turned out.
This will be an accent piece for my command center. What do you think? Have you ever cut styrofoam before?
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