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Julie in Raleigh
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Date: 5/10/14 12:54 PM

Does anyone know if My Twin dress form kits are still available? I have been unable to locate the new company owner.

Assuming I must buy my own supplies, what brand of plaster bandages and what brand foam filling have others liked?

THANKS! Julie in Raleigh

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Date: 5/10/14 1:16 PM

There are several long discussions of this subject here at pr, like this one.

I don't know who the new owner of My Twin is, but you do not really need a commercial kit to make one of these forms. I believe that several pr members have provided reviews of the process they used, and there are bunches of them on the internet. Just type 'make plaster dress form' into the google search box or the one at youtube.com and watch what comes up. Some of them are very good, step by step, well-illustrated tutorials!

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Date: 5/10/14 2:52 PM

THANKS, Elona!! I had found some of those links already, but not all of them. My circa-1986 My Twin instructions specify foam that costs A LOT and one has to buy enough for 5 forms... Is there anyone who has used foam that can be bought at a building supply local store? If so, what brand?
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Date: 5/10/14 3:37 PM

I have not used the canned foam in a dress form, but I've used it elsewhere. I think that you can use the canned foam that expands to fill you dress form making it that much easier instead of having to mix up the two part stuff. I have no idea how much it takes, but you can always go back to the store and buy more.

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Date: 5/10/14 4:12 PM

Here is one link to one of many, many self-made foam forms. There are roughly a bazillion of them out there and google is your best friend. You can click on each of all these images to read up extensively, to say nothing of the info at youtube.
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Date: 5/11/14 9:04 AM

Caution ob canned explandable foam: Several varieties are available... They expand. Some variants expand A LOT. Enough to blow out your form. Select the low-expansion type and don't fill all at once. I have seen bowed housing structures due to the power of that expanding form. Paper tape would not be a fair match.

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Date: 5/11/14 10:06 AM

I just looked over a couple of those blogs and it seems to me that some duct tape under the plaster might solves some of the issues with sturdiness of the cast. Wrapping some around the cast before adding the foam would help keep it closed. Can you tell I love duct tape?

I have used expanding foam inside my paper tape doubles and would definitely go slowly on putting it into the cast, possibly working over a period of a couple of days.

One big advantage to a paper tape or casted foam double is that they don't have a smell. One of my early DTDs had a peculiar, though not unpleasant smell to it.

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Date: 5/25/14 0:53 AM

I used Johnson and Johnson plaster bandages that I purchased off of eBay. I also used expanding foam that came in two parts. It didn't smell much when I poured it. In my opinion, it is nicer than spray can foam because the expansion fill is very uniform. I am barely 5' 1" and 112 pounds. I had extra left over using just the two quart set. Good luck! Very happy with mine.
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Date: 5/26/14 9:23 AM

THANKS for sharing your experience!
What brand 2-part foam did you use and where did you get it?
Happy sewing! Julie in Raleigh

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Date: 5/26/14 11:00 AM

Wow, I enjoyed reading about your dress form adventures on your blog. I feel like this summer I may actually make one, I'm so inspired by your experience!
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