foam filled dressmaker's dummy
Added Feb 22, 2012
First I made a duct tape dummy with a friend helping. There are several places to find the instructions for that so I won’t be adding those, you can simply do a search for "how to make a duct tape dummy" to find them. All I’ll be doing the directions for is how to fill it with expanding foam.
First thing I did was make sure to do this outside for two reasons – proper ventilation and this stuff does make a bit of a mess and it’s better to have the mess outside on the grass where you don’t really need to clean up if you don’t want to. The can advises you use gloves, this is a good idea. Plus make sure you wear old clothes that you don't mind messing up as this will get on you and you won't even realize it. It also likes to get on the oddest things so old clothes are a must and if you can also cover your hair. Once it's on your clothes you can't really get it off even if you wipe it off. The can says you can clean up using "acetone" but for clothes that's not a very good option. The best supply of acetone I have around is nail polish remover and I used it to get the sticky foam off my hands. I got some of it on me even though I used gloves and didn't touch anything else.
Next make sure that the outside temperature is at least 60 degrees. I was impatient and did the first set in the cold at temperatures 50 or below. Don’t do this as the foam will not expand right in cold weather. I went through two cans like this and most of it was probably wasted. I used a total of four cans and still need one or two more to completely finish. You may or may not need as many as that but get at least two cans to start.