File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 266


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 05:41:07 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Polymer Clay frustration


Thanks for the link, Mark.

His stuff looks amazing!
Still, I wonder how strong they really are. All those fine legs and other 
details, I have a hard time believing they hold up to regular or even 
occasionnal puppet use, unless he alters his Super Sculpey somehow.
Some of his marionnette's legs look as fine as the fingers that broke so 
easily on my figurine.

I don't think I could bare the constant stress caused by the risks, if I 
were forced to perform with puppets made of such a brittle material.



Follow-up:
After testing the strenght of my piece further, I ended up covering the 
entire boots and some of the legs with paper mache strips, about 5 layers. 
I added the same finish as the rest of the sculpt (Monster Bone), and 
repainted. Seamless! If it breaks again, the crack will stay invisible, the 
parts held together by the paper.

The figurine looks good. I'll post pics of it soon. Right now I have to 
wait, to make sure it stays a surprise for the recipient.

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