File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 148


Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 10:39:55 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Strengthening mat board


In New York City, the big Plastic dealers all carry it in various 
thicknesses. Unfortunately, the best of them, Industrial Plastics  
vanished from Canal Street last year. There is a place called "Plastic 
World" on Church Street (one block south of Canal) that stocks it, both 
transparent and frosted.

Stephen
On Mar 15, 2006, at 8:07 AM, Deborah Hunt wrote:

> Stephen,
> Do you have a source for lexan?
> Deborah
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Stephen Kaplin" <skactw-AT-tiac.net>
> To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 11:14 PM
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Strengthening mat board
>
>
>> I'd say try Lexan (polycarbonate, which is totally unbreakable, yet
>> still has a good deal of flex. We use 1/16" for large figures and
>> thinner (.05 mil) for smaller figures or pieces. You can paint it with
>> Krylon spray paints.
>>
>> Stephen
>> On Mar 14, 2006, at 9:54 PM, Daniel McGuire wrote:
>>
>>> 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,
>>> DMCG
>>>
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