File puptcrit/puptcrit.0607, message 152

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Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:10:24 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] marionette weight

>For what it's worth, I just weighed and measured a Bil Baird marionette I
>have in my collection.  It stands 27 inches high and weighs 10 pounds.  Oh,
>it's made out of wood.
>Robert Rogers

Thanks a lot, Roger.
Does it move well?
Have you any idea if it's a hardwood or soft wood?

My current marionette is heavy in big part because of the head material I 
It's Apoxie Sculpt. The stuff is strong, but heavy.
Next time I'll use something like Celluclay. Pressed in molds, it's smooth, 
lightweight, and nearly indestructible. Once fully dry, it's even slightly 
difficult to shape with a Dremel!

I admit I was seduced by the glamour of a new product (Apoxie boasted som 
may qualitities I'd been looking for in a single product!). I should have 
stuck with my old sucesses (inspired by Ronnie Burket's famous paper mache 

Maybe not too late however, to change my mind, if I can find the time befor 
the deadline.
I have precise molds of each marionette head, so I could mold a Paper mache 
copy and try that too.
The only problem would be to re-isntal and re-adjust the eye mechanics. 
Only if weight becomes a problem once my puppet body is done, of course!

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027 

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