File puptcrit/puptcrit.0503, message 105


Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 18:31:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes
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To avoid the gloves and to get a cleaner shape, I take
a peice of 1/4" or 1/8" plywood, and cut out a circle
about 1/8" larger than the circumference of the ball
shape you are using. Then I usually duct tape the
plastic onto the ply, and use it as a holder. Makes it
easy to heat the styrene from both sides, and helps
you get an even press around your ball shape. By the
way, used light bulbs are great forms to start from-
super smooth, and the plastic doesn't stick!

Greg Ballora
--- Jimsan777-AT-aol.com wrote:
> 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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