Build a Vacuform Machine from an Old Toaster Oven & Shop Vac



Vacuform machines are a staple for creating masks, costume elements, and so much more but they can run over $1,000! Depending on what you have laying around your shop, I’ll show you how to build your own for around $100.

We’ll start by sourcing heating elements and electronics from an old thrift store toaster oven. Vacuform machines consist of two main components – a heat box and vacuum box. The trick to maximizing your pulls is how they’re designed and integrated. I’ll take you step-by-step in real-time as I build my own for my shop.


PLUS the FIRST 100 MEMBERS get 50% off (normally $24.95/month)!

LIVE Tue, June 7 at 6 PM EST

FREE Lesson

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What You Get

In This Course

  • 1 FREE lesson!
  • 3 real-time, create-along style lessons.
  • Machine planning and design process.
  • Options for aquiring heating elements.
  • Building a custom heat box for your elements.
  • Integrating a vacuum box to maximize vacuum.
  • Course activity feed where you can post your assignments, projects, get personalized feedback and ask questions (including from myself).
  • Updates & revisions so you’re always working with the latest materials and best practices.

Course materials sold separately.

Why we’re different

Your maker journey doesn’t end after the last lesson. That’s when you’re just getting started! Accelerate your growth with a supportive and inspiring group of peers as a member of our Artistic Engineering community.

In addition to this course, members have access to:


  • All live and on-demand courses for a more well-rounded skillset.
  • All course activity feeds.
  • Updates & revisions to all courses.


  • LIVE virtual community making sessions where we dedicate time to our projects, share skills, showcase what we’re working on, ask questions and interact with peers.


  • A community of supportive and engaged makers who are excited to offer encouragement, accountability, and feedback on your projects (including me).
  • A mobile app to help you stay connected with our community anywhere, anytime.

50% OFF First 100 Members


(normally $24.95/month)


Create & Paint in Real-time WIth Me

Whether you prefer to keep up with the live lessons or go through them on demand at your own pace, you benefit from the same create- and paint-along experience and you’re never alone on your creative journey. Along with me, our community is open 24/7 to review assignments, provide feedback and help you troubleshoot projects.


What you need to get started

Although you can watch and participate, getting hands-on with the process is where the real learning and growth happens.

Old Toaster Oven
Roof Flashing or Aluminum Panels
High Temp Wire & Connectors
3/4″ Plywood
Shop Vac

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