File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 190

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 10:26:47 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bukram

Bukram is a wonderful material for making lightweight, breathable 
masks. The technique is to stretch and drape it over a mold while wet 
(in one piece and with as few, wrinkles folds or darts as possible. It 
has a good deal of bias stretch so you can really it pull it smoothly 
around curves.) Then once it dries, paint it with several layers of 
glue or some other stiffening agent.
  It's not incredibly strong, so it needs to be stiffened (Rimmed with 
millinary wire or such like helps considerably) But it 's best for 
smaller masks and heads
If you don't care about it being breathable, you can  reinforce it on 
the inside. Just make sure it is totally moisture sealed when you 
finish because your sweat or breath will otherwise soften the mask.
The rough fabric texture makes a very nice matte surface that, when 
painted, replicates skin texture quite well from a distance. And if you 
refrain from painting glue over the eyes, you can see right through the 
mask without having to cut out eyeholes-- especially if you use the 
black bukram.
Great stuff- cheap and fast, too.


On Dec 19, 2006, at 2:45 AM, Tim Giugni wrote:

> Did you ever try a material called bukram? I think they used it for hat
> liners in the 'olden days'. It's semi ridged, you wet it and it turns 
> to
> mush (mush as in the consistency of thin sheer silk), but then after it
> dries it is semi-ridged again.
> I played with it once. Wondering if any one else had.
> On 12/18/06, Ed Atkeson <> wrote:
>> Hello puppet peppel,
>> I've put up a little show-and-tell about making the rhino hemet-masks
>> for Ionesco's Rhinoceros.
>> best,
>> Ed A
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