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Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by muppetfan89, Mar 10, 2008.
can someone tell me how to make teeth for a puppet?
I use sculpey or fimo clay...it's really hard wearing. I have also been known to use joke teeth, good quality ones and just cut to fit.
Certain kinds of while plastic beads can also work well (sorry I don't have any photos handy as an example). Some people also cut strips of fun foam. Some craft stores sell Foamie "marshmallows" that could be used to make teeth.
Crayola has a product, I think it's called Model Magic or something like that. It's a light-weight material that you mold like clay, and let it dry. It feels like fun-foam, but you can shape it however you want. Comes in lots of colors, including white.
How do you attach it to the puppet afterwards?
Sponge makeup applicators... a little snip with the scissors to shape them. Some dandy choppers there...
John Kennedy uses fuzzy with balls, i use foam that I sculp and coat in scult or coat.
If you use MOdel Magic, make sure you paint it with a few layers of glues first. it'll keep it from breaking apart on you.
For really scary teeth, I have a treick I use where I take a hot glue stick and cut it into small bits. I then put the bits in a bowl of warm water and nuke it for a few seconds. then I take the bowl out carefully fish out the hot glues with a spoon and what you got is hot glue the soft enough to shape but not hot enough to burn. You simply pinch one end so it looks jagged. then, becasue it's hot glue you just heat up your gun melt the non-jagged edge and stick it right to your puppet. The effect is pretty awesome.
This post has encouraged me to look into some better teeth methods for some of our characters. I was just thinking about teeth the other day. wow!
We usually use some hard sculpting materials or just foam. depends on the design and requirements
I hear wood is nice, but you can get splinters in your ice cream.
I've made teeth out of hot glue that have worked great I usually use this method when making single teeth (buck teeth for example, or the one-tooth back woods kind of puppet)
lay out wax paper and using a hotglue gun lay down a layer of hot glue, place two pins side by side in the hot glue, and squeeze out a little more glue on top of them so that the pins are in the middle of the future tooth, when it's dry using an x-acto knife cut the tooth to size, making sure the pin head is in the center of the tooth, now the tooth will be clear but use white nail polish (putting on a couple of layers) to make pearly whites or yellow if the puppet has a gum disease or black if the disease is really bad you get the idea, )
I just tried the glue bits trick and they came out amazing! Thank you!! I didn't know how well it would work at first, I wasn't able to make them as smooth as I was hoping for, but after painting them with white nail polish, they are smooth and have no finger prints or anything on them. Great trick!
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