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Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 07:38:48 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Plaster Bandages


> Has anyone here made Theatre-Touring-Worthy Masks or puppet heads with
> plaster bandages?
> How thick did you have to make them?
> How did you make them stronger?
> Were they easy to repair?

Back in the early 80's, I made puppets and masks with plaster bandage - and 
I toured with them.  I would apply only one or two layers to a clay form (I 
did not use any foil or release agent), and then once the plaster was dry, 
would apply a thin coat of a product called Durham's Water Putty.  This 
mixed up into something with the consistency of pancake batter.  The Water 
Putty filled in all the gaps in the weave of the plaster.  Also, after it 
set a bit, I could go back over it with a wet brush, or even my finger 
(first dipped in water) to smooth it out even more.  When it was completely 
dry, it could be sanded.

The puppets were very durable, and I still have them.  They were on the 
heavy side, and did chip or crack now and then, but could be easily 
repaired.

I've since moved on to other materials, but for certain applications, 
plaster bandage & water putty makes a good combination.

Robert Rogers


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