File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 148


Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 17:38:58 -0800
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Easy Realistic Tree


It dries in minutes and it's like styrofoam.  If 
they pick at it, or kick it, it will 
crumble...but if it's respected it is 
awesome.  You might be able to put a polyester 
resin coating on it to make it tough...I haven't 
done that.  Someone here might know that.

Ax



At 11/11/2008 05:30 PM, Mary  Horsley wrote:
>Steve,
>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" <steve-AT-axtell.com> wrote:
>
> > Cool techniquest.  If you need to build BIG
> > trees..... http://www.axtell.com/treeform.html
> >
> >
> > 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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