File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 147

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:30:17 -0500
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Easy Realistic Tree

How long does it take the insulation foam to dry? Does it dry pretty hard?
Have always wanted to create a big tree for my classroom!

Mary H. 

On 11/11/08 9:58 AM, "STEVE AXTELL" <> wrote:

> Cool techniquest.  If you need to build BIG
> trees.....
> At 03:56 AM 11/11/2008, you wrote:
>> I just completed a scale-model tree built in nearly the same fashion,
>> with only minor differences, using scrap styrofoam for the thick trunk,
>> and building our the exposed roots the same way as the branches.  Since
>> the tree is less than a foot tall, I stayed with the alumnum foil alone
>> due to size.  It's amazing the ammount of detail one can acheive even in
>> such small scale, all of which was brought out by painting the entire
>> tree in dark brown, then dry-brushing the entire thing with  lighter
>> shades of browns and grays.  The "foil" idea came to me from an idea
>> Disney Imagineers used for large sections of indoor set pieces of
>> rockwork, Using a material called PyroKure paper-two layers of heavy
>> brown craft-type paper sandwiching a layer of foil.  I don't know if this
>> stuff still being manufactured or not-it was used in construction for
>> insulating pipes and such, but the Imagineers used it to great success
>> for many years.  If you've ever been through the skeleton grotto scenes
>> of the Pirates Of The Carribbean attraction, much of the walls and the
>> entire ceiling of "rockwork" is made of this stuff. Backed by pencil
>> rebar, and covered in a thin layer of fibreglass, these sets have lasted
>> half a century of heavy use. I'm sure a sumilar use with foil, glue and
>> paint would work well for puppets.
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