File puptcrit/puptcrit.0502, message 153

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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 00:23:18 -0500

I was dreaming of getting muppet-style puppet eyes, and I know it's 
possible, as a local commercial puppet maker uses them. He won't divulge his 
sources, only that they are made somewhere in Asia. Thank a lot, dude, for 
NOT helping.
What kind of selfish, paranoid attitude is that?
I should'nt have bought a puppet from him before asking the question...

Anyway, I needed big puppet eyes fast, so I made my own, and I like them 
better anyway. I used ping pong balls, painted them, and varnished them to 
make them high gloss. WOW!

But later, for my most attractive Muppet gaze, I just made black round 
pupils with electrical tape, and stuck them on a plain white ping pong ball. 
See a pic here: It's still there after two 
years. I just made sure I did not touch the adhesive side of the tape too 
much before applying, and I cleaned the ball beforehand with alcohol (to 
remove any trace of grease or dust).

Next time I need that look, I'll cover the whole ball with a clear finish, 
such as Future(an acrylic floor coating), as the ping pong ball eventually 
gets dirty (it has an extra fine grain that catches dirt)

I Have tried the black bead tip for the first time, and WOW WOW WOW. Very 
focused, very shiny, very easy to work with such a look on a puppet. REads 
very well, even from a distance (as long as you have contrast with the 
surrounding skin, to define the eyes). Depending on what's around it 
(eyelids, forehead, eyebags...), you can go from Teddy Bear Cute  to Creepy 
killer bloodsucking snail from Mars...

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Stone" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 11:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes

> I've always been more involved in the writing and performing end of 
> things,
> rather than design and building of characters.  However, half (or less) of
> a ping-pong ball, with the eyeball painted on it works.  Maybe a black
> marble (from the previous poster's idea) peeking through a hole in the
> center of the ping pong ball would work.
> Let us know what you end up doing.  When and where in L.A. will you be
> performing?
> At 08:21 PM 2/28/2005, you wrote:
>>Hi All,
>>             I've never asked for help before on a project. so here goes. 
>> I'm
>>working on an original Opera in Los Angeles and am building an army of
>>Valkyrie moving mouth hand puppets. I'm having a very hard time finding 
>>that are rounded, plastic and large enough to stand out. Ultimately I'd 
>>to find something that has that great Muppet aesthetic and feel. Any help,
>>tips or info is appreciated! This group is great.
>>As Usual,
>>Sean T. Cawelti
>>Rogue Artists Ensemble - Artistic Director
>>  <>
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>>take longer to get back."
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