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Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 13:26:04 -0500

A very effective "muppet" type eye can be made from white plastic spoons
of various sizes (from the smallest, about half inch used for samples at
your local Sam's, Costco, or super mart) to coffee cup  and soup spoon
Use a dremel tool to remove the handle and smooth the curve on the base.
They can be used most effectively with the narrow side up (for most
characters)but the rounded top and narrow bottom is also interesting
especially if the character needs a sad eye. Pupils can be painted on,
but I like the little black round tabs with stickum that you get from
the stationery store (what their real  purpose is, I don't have a clue,
but they come on a "peel off" card.

Richard B. Johnson, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Actor, Director,
Puppeteer, Playwright, Teacher,Writer, Thingmaker, Mormon, Person, Fool.
I sometimes think that the last persona is the most important- and most

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Mathieu René
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 12:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes

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
sources, only that they are made somewhere in Asia. Thank a lot, dude,
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
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
See a pic here: It's still there after
years. I just made sure I did not touch the adhesive side of the tape
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
such as Future(an acrylic floor coating), as the ping pong ball
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.
focused, very shiny, very easy to work with such a look on a puppet.
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
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
>> 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
>>that are rounded, plastic and large enough to stand out. Ultimately
>>to find something that has that great Muppet aesthetic and feel. Any
>>tips or info is appreciated! This group is great.
>>As Usual,
>>Sean T. Cawelti
>>Rogue Artists Ensemble - Artistic Director
>>  <>
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