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Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques by Mary McClung

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Before beginning to glue all the pieces together, lay out all the parts and mentally plan where the pieces go (Figure 17-1). Also have the paper patterns, the positive sculpture, and the foam mock-up close by to help if the pieces get a bit confusing.

While assembling the foam object, try cutting and gluing the beveled edges individually, a piece at time. For example, if working on a snout, I hold the pieces up in the general shape they will make together when assembled, and proceed to bevel each side. Then move on to the next connecting pieces. Remember an organic object could need many different bevels cut on one side alone so that it will contour and flow as the shape requires. Be patient, build a mock-up, ...

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