I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for all the encouragement and tips regarding switching over to dremel! I carved my first 5 foamies yesterday using this method and all I can say is HOLY COW! How fast and easy it was! The lines are so much smoother and appearance is remarkable! It wasn't nearly as hard to control the dremel as I thought..
I don't know why I didn't do this years ago! So many many thanks to all of you!!
I'm glad you posted that !
Many Folks Just don't like Change !
And We speak from experience, We have tried Saws, We have tried Hot-Knifes, and The Dremel is the best tool for carving Foam pumpkins.
Here's my Take on this...........
If you Carve LOTS of Foam Pumpkins Get a Dremel - a Full Setup - Dremel, Keyless Chuck, and a Foot switch.
If you Carve a Few Foam Pumpkins - Get a Cheap Knock off rotary tool - make sure it comes with a flex shaft,
Dremel is NOT interchangeable with the Other Brands. So their Flex Shaft will NOT Fit, These cheaper Brands...
Side Note: I used to use the Hot-Knife to just cut the bottom Disc, Until One day, I forgot the switch was on, pretty much all day.
I grabbed it out of the Soldering stand I have, and literary burn my entire Hand. So I'm done with that thing !
I actually Use a REAL Keyhole Saw now to cut the bottom Disc, with a Fine tooth Blade.
Saws - Give Rough Edges - Will never use one to carve a foam Kin.
X-Acto's Are too Dangerous, One Slip and you have a red Pumpkin (covered in your Blood) - LOL
I got one foot in the grave the other on a banana peel !
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