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1/2 Dome Eyes suppliers?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Snark Blarmsten, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. Snark Blarmsten

    Snark Blarmsten New Member

    Hi guys,

    I've searched in vain, both here and on the internet for a dome eyes supplier. I found mcginnis puppets on a thread here by Buck, but their site no longer exists. Can anyone point me to a supplier with those eyes?

    Thanks

    Tom
  2. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    There use to be someone on ebay selling them. Used to be made by Mercury Plastics.
  3. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    There use to be someone on ebay selling them. Used to be made by Mercury Plastics.
  4. Snark Blarmsten

    Snark Blarmsten New Member

    Thanks, no luck on eBay or googling Mercury Plastics for dome eyes. Anyone else?
  5. robinthecrow

    robinthecrow New Member

    Depends where you are located mate.

    Google Hindleys, they supply a good source of shapes for eyes.
  6. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    try plastruc, not sure of thier website, but they sell plastic modeling supllies
  7. Snark Blarmsten

    Snark Blarmsten New Member

    Thanks Ravage - looks like

    http://www.plastruct.com/

    For anyone interested, they have what they call 'hemi head' (hemisphere head I assume) in various sizes. The measurement is the diameter across the opening.

    Edit: http://tinyurl.com/7bbz8

    That is one of the pages - they are clear though, ugh. I wonder if painting these would work since they are acrylic...would paint adhere?

    Tom
  8. hennesprod

    hennesprod New Member

    what size are you looking for. I make all my own eyes for my critters out of plastic.

    William
  9. Snark Blarmsten

    Snark Blarmsten New Member

    I talked to a lady there and she claimed I could paint them no problem. I ordered some, we'll see. I'm not sure what size William, I ordered 1/5", 1.75" and 2" versions. How do you make yours?
  10. hennesprod

    hennesprod New Member

    I get wood spheres from the craft store and make molds of those out RTV silicone and then cast them in plastic. Hollow or solid. If they do not have certain shape or size i then sculpt or mill out the needed shape to be molded.

    William
  11. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    The last contact info I had for Mercury Plastics was:

    Mercury Plastics
    995 Utica Avenue
    Brookly, NY 11203
    (718) 498-1557

    They don't have a web site as far as I know. It's a little confusing because there are a few companies named Mercury Plastics, but they all have no connection to one and another as far as I know. Mercury only sells in bulk, 100 or 1,000 pieces at a time I believe (I can't remember which it is).
  12. Snark Blarmsten

    Snark Blarmsten New Member

    Thanks guys. I wonder, why not use wood spheres? They could easily be painted and then you wouldn't have to mold anything. Sure they'd be slightly heavier, but I can't think much. You could drill out part of the back of it to reduce the weight too.

    I have no idea how to mold stuff anyway :) In any event, we'll see what they send me. Ordering 100/1000 at a time isn't going to be real practical due to the cost, I would imagine.
  13. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    Vacuum forming.
  14. hennesprod

    hennesprod New Member

    Yep, vacumforming will work to. I did a lot of vacumforming as an intern NASA. One of my projects was to referbish the inside of a Shuttle simulator. Monitors, etc... I have heard of other ways of making domes as well, it involved heated styren and air compressors, crazy stuff.

    William
  15. hennesprod

    hennesprod New Member

    Just a side note on vacume formers, you can build your own from using a bread pan and a vacume cleaner to larger scale. I have bult the bread pan size to manufacture my own model parts, works well for small things and one could make eyes using this method.

    William
  16. MGov

    MGov New Member

    Boy, I've been pretty spoiled living in Chicago, NYC and L.A. Especially L.A. I can find most of my supplies not more than a 30 minute drive away.
  17. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Wood certainly works for puppets and it's been used for centuries. But the weight that a couple of wooden balls adds - in my experience - is pretty significant. I don't personally like using styrofoam, but I think if you're having trouble locating plastics spheres for whatever reason styrofoam balls would be a better way to go than wood.
  18. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Active Member

    ...just for simplicty's sake, will doing it the old style way work too? Like Jim originally did? Cutting a ping-pong ball in half, then painting it on? Cause I stumbled upon this topic, and I was wondering as well, I just need to replace my sole puppet's eyes. That's all.

    So would a halved pingpong ball work too?
  19. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Well, yet again I am in complete agreement with Buck. The wooden eyes would certainly work, but ounces count with hand puppets! It really does not seem like it would be the case, but experience had taught me that just a couple of ounces can make fatigue set in much faster than usual. Also if the weight is higher up it affect the center of gravity and can make manipulation sluggish.

    I was at Michael's craft store this weekend and I saw some great clear plastic domes. I have heard of people backpainting these so that the clear plastic furnishes a semi-realistic gleam to the eye. The only thing is that they don't have the post for mounting, but there are always ways to get around that!
  20. pjspuppets

    pjspuppets New Member



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