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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 16:08:26 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Paper mache and Chiesatine 

Since Mary Robinette Kowal reccomended wood, I'm tempted to suggest paper 
mache and Chiesatine, both great puppet making mediums, when used inside 
negative moulds.

Forget all the common opinions that PM is weak, uneven, rough, warps, and is 
hard to control.
It all depends on the recipe and approach you use, for your purpose.

I've been experimenting with paper mache strips in negative plaster moulds, 
and you can get amazing detailed results, provided you are patient and 
meticulous for the first two layers.

But the best, smoothest and lightest yet STRONG way I've tried is called 
A detailed yet EASY way of layering two types of cotton, bound together with 
a mix of white glue and polyfilla. The cottons are simply the fluffy 
absorbent cotton in sheet form, and cheescloth!

I learned it in a maskmaking course last month.
The resulting object is as smooth as the mould it comes from!
It is smooth like plaster, sandable, and can easily take dyes!

I'm writing a tutorial on this, but have not enough time right now to finish 
So far, I've got 90% of the text down, but the pics are not embeded.
30 pages in WORD format so far. If anyone is interested in seeing the work 
in progress, give me a sign.

The name Chiesatine is not registered, and the "inventor" of it probably 
doesn't even know the stuff is now called after him. The inventor is a 
maskmaker from italy, his family name is Chiesa, and the medium's name was 
made up by a maskmaker who learned the method from him.
That person told us, in the course, that Chiesa was looking for a substitue 
for leather, and came up with this.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Robinette Kowal" <>
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Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] neoprene

> Neoprene is great, Christopher, but have you tried wood?
> Mary Robinette Kowal
> Other Hand Productions
> wrote:
>>(I'm a paper maché/Styrofoam guy, myself...)
>>Fred Thompson
>> writes:
>>>Gee, I hate to change the subject, but has anyone on this list heard of
>>>neoprene? A mask maker I know has started using it and said I should
>>>try it. Is it good for making puppets?
>>>Christopher Hudert
>>>Applause Unlimited
>>>2824 Irisdale Avenue
>>>Richmond, VA 23228
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