File puptcrit/puptcrit.0907, message 192


Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 07:42:03 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Eyes


I have taken to making eyes and lids through a process similar to
vacuforming.  Get a wooden ball the size you need.  I often turn the
wood on a lathe for custom sizes. Then I trace the diameter of the
ball on a sheet of1/4" lauan plywood and add a 1/16" to the diameter
all around.  cut out the hole on a jig saw.  mount the ball on a
thickker bas of wood with a screw.  Now tape some styrene (plastic
sheet) to the underside of the lauan and position over the wooden
ball.  Heat from above with a heat gun until you can push the
softening palastic over the wooden ball.  It takes some practice but
you can create custom plastic eye parts and matching lids to any
diameter.  I save all these jigs and have graduated sizes.  Sometimes
I push the lauan down by way of sheet rock screws and a drill with
phillips head, screwing into the base wood piece, as the heat gun gets
the area hot to handle.  There are designs for actual vacu-form
machines using an aircompressor in a clever way.  I  learned the basic
premisesw of this technology from Greg Ballora and Ingrid Crepeau as
well.  Greg pointed out that any plastic can be bent and altered with
a heat gun, a handy tool also for carefully undoing hot glue bonds.

On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 11:52 PM, Puppet
People<puppetpeople-AT-nycap.rr.com> wrote:
> Hello all Critters;
> =A0 =A0I know this subject has come up before, so please be patient with me if
> I repeat, =A0but =A0I am wondering what fellow puppet builders use for eyes, We
> have just started a build for a new show and I am making Large mouth and rod
> puppets and am looking for eye material.
> =A0 =A0Specifically the shiny "muppet style" eyes. In the past I have used
> large wooden balls, clear X-mas ornaments, plastic spoons, ect... But I am
> wondering is there anything else that may work. =A0Also inexpensive.
>
> Thanks
> Mark
> The Puppet people
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <puppetpro-AT-aol.com>
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 11:01 AM
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Unusual place to perform
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>> This past March, I performed with a marionette in a classroom at a Bedouin
>> village school. No one had ever seen such a thing. Music is forbidden to
>> be taught as well -- children were standing on chairs, smiling, laughing,
>> "eating it up".
>> Rolande
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Grego <grego-AT-gregoland.com>
>> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
>> Sent: Tue, Jul 21, 2009 9:55 pm
>> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Unusual place to perform
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>> A dedicated festival-bound train left Seoul at 8:00 am., and took a
>> couple of hours to arrive at the festival site. For the several
>> puppeteers stationed at various points throughout the train, our
>> mission was to perform for a few minutes in the aisle of one car,
>> take a break between cars, perform in the next one, and move on, etc.
>> At one point a lurch nearly caused me to poke some kid's eye out with
>> the marionette control.
>> It would have been a lot more fun if we didn't have to wake up before
>> sunrise and drive from the site to Seoul, where we had rice, kimchee,
>> and Nescafe for breakfast before the gig.
>> -G
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