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Perfect, I was thinking of making a mold of one and using 2 part foam but this looks easier and less expensive.
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I was thinking the same thing, Im going to mock up a few and put them out for the spring storms.
Awesome please keep us updated on the results. I have finials for my fence, but eventually I have to make another one and I like how yours is safer for the little tots.
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Thanks for the idea! we need to make about 100 of these this year! Can't beat the price!
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Great idea. I've got a bunch of this crap left over.

I noticed when I painted craft foam with spray paint - the result looked really bad. The foam curled horribly and the foam kept absorbing the paint... any suggestions to painting the foam? If you spray paint it, how many coats?
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I would think that the foam would absorb a lot of whatever you use....I'm gonna try gasso (3 parts joint compound, 1 part Elmer's and some black dye)...probably won't make them for a while, but I'll let y'all know how it works....
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I would think that the foam would absorb a lot of whatever you use....I'm gonna try gasso (3 parts joint compound, 1 part Elmer's and some black dye)...probably won't make them for a while, but I'll let y'all know how it works....
What is the consistency of that? Could you dip the finials in or do you have to paint it on? I'm trying to map out a manufacturing process in my head that allows you to dip the finials then lay them out to dry.
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As is you would have to paint it on....it's what you use to smooth out and finish mache' before painting...you can mix it with paint, so I would assume you can thin it a bit and dip them
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Those look GREAT......................
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Great idea. I've got a bunch of this crap left over.

I noticed when I painted craft foam with spray paint - the result looked really bad. The foam curled horribly and the foam kept absorbing the paint... any suggestions to painting the foam? If you spray paint it, how many coats?
Try using a coat of latex paint on them first, it will protect the foam from the solvents in the spray paint and also add a bit of texture at the same time.
Remember, these are supposed to be made of iron, so they should have some texture.
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I just painted a few mock ones last night. I plan to place these outside and see how they hold up. I used a base coat of black latex paint applied via brush. Drylock in areas to add a gritty texture and then a little spay of popcorn ceiling patch (just testing to see what kind of texture I could get out of it.) A second layer of black then dry brush rust and dabs of spar to add shine. Yes this is quite excessive, but I was testing different techniques... Im not totally happy with the results, the rusting dry brush got a little out of hand....
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