Proxxon Tools: Hotwire Cutter Thermocut 115/E
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I must say that I have never used a styrofoam cutter before so I was intrigued to see the Proxxon Hotwire Cutter in action. The Hotwire Cutter has a base of approximately 15"x11", was compactly packaged and fairly easy to assemble. The wire heats up quickly and there is a learning curve for determining the correct temperature setting which is easily controlled by the dials on the base.
I began by outlining maple leaf images directly onto a sheet of Smoothfoam, drawing around them with a black marker (so I could see where I was cutting).
Using the Hotwire Cutter, I cut the Smoothfoam sheet in half so I could work on one leaf at a time. Then I carefully cut around the leaves. As the Hotwire Cutter is new to me, I worked small areas at a time, testing the heat settings as I went to find the setting that was appropriate for my project.
And this is the result. While the cuts may not be perfect, I believe they reflect how fall leaves look. And since I intended to ink over the Smoothfoam, I didn't care that the black marker showed in some spots.
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