File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 149

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 10:21:55 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Strengthening mat board

For black shadows, I use 20 ml clear lexan with a layer of black self-adhesive Contac paper adhered to it. The Contac paper is relatively inexpensive, and an Xacto knife will slice through it like butter. The lexan is not cut with the Xacto knife, but serves as a sturdy backing that allows light through where the Contac paper has been cut. 20 ml lexan is thin enough to be cut with a scissors to easily create the basic shapes desired for puppets, yet flat enough to get clean shadows if an unfocused light source is used.

For colored shadows, I make a sandwich: bottom layer of 20 ml lexan, then a layer of clear double stick adhesive film, then sketch weight paper colored in with art markers. Sometimes I cover this with a clear one-sided adhesive film for protection. The adhesive films can usualy be found in art stores or on the web.

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