File puptcrit/puptcrit.0707, message 64


Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 10:31:13 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Teeth in latex puppets?


Mathieu René  wrote:
 >It's quite an undercut, and I can't avoid it if I
 >include the teeth in the mold.
 >The mout is sculpted opened.

I suspect it is better to make the teeth and/or 
inside of the mouth as a separate piece from the 
head.  Depending on the shape of the mouth, you 
may need some stiffening inside anyway, so it may 
not be a big benefit to have it as part of the main mold.

You can sculpt the fronts of the teeth as part of 
the main mold if you want (perhaps partially 
around the edges of each tooth), but keep the 
opening of the mouth filled with clay.  Then 
after the latex head is cast, you cut out the opening.

If you don't actually need the inside to be very 
sculptural, you might just get away with black 
cloth glued to two pieces that form the upper and 
lower flaps of the mouth.  It would also be 
possible to glue the teeth onto the inside of 
lips if you didn't sculpt them as part of the 
head.  If the teeth are prominent, so that they 
will tend to rub against other things, then just 
plain latex will get marked up very quickly.  You 
need the teeth to either be coated with, or 
actually made of something that will not get marked up easily.


Joe Dunfee  joe-AT-dunfee.com
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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