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Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 04:16:32 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Ceramic String Marionnette?

Hi all.
I just got home and got a phone message from a potential customer wanting to know more about puppetmaking, she wants to make a string marionnette out of ceramic!

I'm not one to say "that's not a good idea", but for once, I have my doubts.

Okay, I've seen windshimes made of ceramics, but a marionette?
I already refuse to make a super sculpey (polymer clay) puppet for fear of broken smaller extremities, so I can't imagine the pain of breakage of tiny ceramic fingers!
But since I know almost nothing of the various ceramic "recipes", I also have hopes that maybe there is a way to protect against impact?

There might be the option to make actual paper clay, which is a ix of clay and paper pulp, left to sit for weeks to make them fuse together into a smooth clay-like subtstance which can be fired or left to air-dry. I have not tried it personally and do not know if it would make the "ceramic" more shock absorbent.

Any clues out there?
Thanks in advance.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
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