File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 204

Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 09:41:05 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Rhino masks


I wasn't criticizing, simply clarifying for someone who has not used
it before.  His Rhino's looked pretty big and seemed like they might
need a little extra oomph on the stiffening.

I have used Buckram for Masks, hats, the Spring steel boning we use is
covered with it. It is great for it's lightweight and breathability, but
to keep these qualities in tact, it's down side is hartiness and 
durability.  In honesty, I prefer something with a bit less beathability
that I know I won't have to walk on eggs with.  Cotton or Terry inserts 
can always be put on the inside to make it more comforatable for the
performer, and if they are put in with velcro or snaps, can be removed
for cleaning.

I prefer to use a Spring steel boning frame with 1/4 inch foam overlay 
and then whatever finish is required, for larger pieces .

I have also had very good results with Vara form, which Fred introduced
me to.  I often use the heavier weave, but have had some good results
with the finer celled weave as well.  I have not done as much 
experimenting with the solid sheets, although there are a couple of
masks I am looking at using it for.  I'll post after the project
has begun.


K. Elizabeth Evans, President & Artistic Director
Renaissance Artist Puppet Company
Company performing -AT-
The Montgomery County Cultural Center
208 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA

Renaissance Artist Puppet Company's
mission is to promote excellence in puppetry as a
Theatrical art form and as an Educational tool by incorporating
historical and cultural diversity along with quality performance
techniques to tell our stories.
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