File puptcrit/puptcrit.0503, message 103


Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 16:32:15 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes
To: puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org


For large ball or egg or spoon shaped eyes, take some light-weight (very 
thin) styrene...buy it in sheets at plastic suppliers, cut off small pieces and 
heat them with a heat gun...I wear fireplace gloves for this operation.   Using 
a ball or other solid for the model, as the styrene begins to soften, you can 
pull the stretchy styrene over the "ball" and form your sphere for an eye.   
I've made 6 inch, 1 inch and several sizes in between for eyes.    You can make 
"Big Bird" eyes or Grover   type.    Other tips using sytrene is to have a 
helper "pull" the edges of the hot styrene over the ball. Once the styrene 
begins to soften it needs to be worked.   Attach the wooden ball model or whatever 
shape you prefer to a base which can be held in a vise while you "pull" 
multiple eyes over the model.    You are most welcome    JIm Gamble 
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