In response to my tutorial on working with styrene in HackSpace magazine Issue 19
, my pal, the amazing toy designer and former Make: colleague, Bob Knetzger sent me a bunch of additional tips including these on working with liquid styrene and styrene carving. Bob writes:
Save your clean styrene shavings and swarf. Add some MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) to shavings in a small glass bottle to make a slurry of styrene (and cap it very tightly when you’re done to save for later!) You can use “liquid styrene" to build up radii, fill inside corners or mend gaps. Sometimes better than the very “hacky” super glue and baking soda trick.
You can build up a thicker, 3D shapes with layers and layers of styrene sheet, then scrape and Dremel to your final shape. If you’re only making one, it’s much faster than sculpting and casting. Above is a jointed rider figure I made for a bicycling toy, all hand-carved styrene. Hips, knees, shoulders and arms move freely