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Mouth plate material: Automotive gasket material?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by JammieJam, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. JammieJam

    JammieJam New Member

    Hey there. I'm still pretty new to building puppets, and I've been experimenting with different mouth plate materials. I've heard that Kermit's very expressive mouth is made with gasket rubber, but it's so expensive I looked around for something similar that doesn't cost quite so much. I found this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Fel-Pro-3075-...srs=2591768011&ie=UTF8&qid=1453923101&sr=8-54

    I bought a sheet to play with, and I've been having quite a bit of fun with it. It's not as wiggly as gasket rubber, but it has a decent amount of give but also stands up on it's own (especially if you have small hands like me and have trouble controlling a really floppy mouth plate).

    I don't know if any of you have played with this, but I hadn't seen any reference to it. I figured I'd pass it along in case any one else likes it!
     
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm just curious as to where you've been looking for gasket rubber that it's "so expensive"? You can get squares of it at Ace Hardware for a few bucks. They also have packs that come with squares of different materials such as thick rubber, thin rubber, corkboard (which works somewhat well in lieu of gasket rubber, except that it cracks really easily), and a really thin, yet sturdy cardboard-like material - I think that pack is only like $7 or so.
     
  3. JammieJam

    JammieJam New Member

    Ah, to clarify a bit: I mean expensive to experiment with (also I am poor). At my local stores the 2 pack of 6x6 gasket material is $6, which you can only get 1-2 mouth plates out of that. On Amazon the same pack is $5. My point was less the cost and more that it being a bit prohibitive for me lead me to find this other material which I really like. It's also rubber, just a different type.
     
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ah, okay, from that perspective, then yes I can understand how you mean it getting too expensive.
     
  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Try experimenting with vinyl placemats from somewhere like Walmart or a dollar store. You can often get them for $1-$2 and they can work almost as well.
     
  6. WillyThePig

    WillyThePig Member

    i used to buy gasket rubber squares at lowes for 89 cents
     


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