File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 143

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Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:01:25 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Strengthening mat board

I have heard that thin black  lexan works.
I can not get it here in Puerto Rico so if you find a source for it I would 
love to know. I use matt board. Larger shadows strenthened with florist 
wire. I can get very detailed cuts (I use stanley knives to cut). I can send 
you an image if you like. Let me know if you find a good source for lexan
Deborah Hunt
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel McGuire" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 10:54 PM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Strengthening mat board

> Folks,
> I'm building shadow puppets. I'm using a new kind of desktop laser to
> cut the many holes. Traditionally, wayang are made of parchment - ie
> leather, but the laser has problems cutting leather . I wonder if there
> is a way to strengthen mat board materials. I understand that persimmon
> juice is used in Japan to waterproof and strengthen paper used for
> stencils, but I cannot find a source for it here in the states. I
> wonder if linseed oil would be at all helpful. Mat board is both a bit
> too rigid and to fragile - fold it more than 30 degrees it breaks and
> rips. I wonder if sandwiching Tyvek between two pieces of board might
> work better - it would be certainly have more tensile strength, and be
> harder to rip.
> Plastics seems to be where I am headed - but it too can be brittle.
> In short, I'm looking for something that is tough like leather,
> flexible like leather, perhaps translucent like leather, but ain't
> leather.
> Suggestions?
> Cheers,
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