A Solution in Search of a Problem

When I need to relax there are few things more rewarding than melting things with a heat gun.

Today I was goofing off with a spare pool noodle and tried slashing it across it’s width with a razor knife before gently melting the surface.  The result was a really interesting ridged texture interspersed with bubbly gaps.  Here are a couple of shots I squeezed off before my camera decided to call it quits.  The piece is about 13″ long and roughly 2 inches in diameter.

It’s a really bizarre organic effect, but I’m not quite sure what it would be good for at this point.  If I was still into tabletop miniatures this would be ideal for some quick and easy Tyranid-syle terrain pieces.  With a nice three tone paintjob and some strands of clear epoxy it would have an awesome, gooey appearance.

It would be great for some kind of tentacle or tendril, but I need to figure out how to taper the effect along the length of the noodle.  The one I was using had a hole running through the middle, so melting it down to a point wasn’t possible.  If I can get my hands on some solid pool noodles without a hole I think the technique has some real possibilities.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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