File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 359

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 20:17:11 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] glowing eyes

Hi Yvette,
   We did this with several of the marionettes in Jungle Book. I used 
the inside of small flashlights heads (the reflector and light, with 
added connectors for the electrics) which gave me the ability to change 
the bulbs if needed. Batteries were put in a pack elsewhere in the 
head. A thin wire ran to a switch on the control. (You only need to 
interrupt the flow of power in one wire, so you don't need a pair, but 
it will end up being a pair as it runs from each side of the switch. 
Hope that makes sense.) I used a "momentary on" switch for some and a 
small toggle or slide switch for rest. The heads of flashlights were 
glued in place behind the eyes.
   We also used LED lights in the eyes of a skeleton once, but that was 
a rod puppet, and lit eyes and body of a giant dragon which ran on an 
overhead cable but was manipulated from below for another show.
   Mostly this all depends on size, how much light you want, the effect 
you want to create, etc. Each of the above types of lights read 
differently on stage. The animal eyes glowed from within, creating a 
sort of menacing effect, the skeleton eyes had sort of a pin point 
threat to them, the dragon were small round bulbs painted red but with 
the other lights were more festive than threatening.

On Oct 26, 2008, at 4:04 PM, Yvette Edery wrote:

> Hi Friends,
> Does anyone know how to fix lights in a marionette head so you can 
> bring the lights up inside the eyes on cue? I was thinking small LED 
> with a small cable? Any ideas are appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Yvette
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