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Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Fozzie Bear, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. RottenPuppets

    RottenPuppets Active Member

  2. pjpiperhop

    pjpiperhop Active Member

    I quickly looked through the links and see if this one is listed and didn’t see it.
    I recently got some reticulated (Scott) foam from then Dallas Puppet Theater. It was a reasonable price, quick delivery, and a friendly staff to order from.
    They also have other puppet related products.
    The reticulated foam link is:
  3. mercnrufus

    mercnrufus Member


    Hi, anyone have a link for 1/4" foam? I'm looking for a roll. For some reason I couldnt get a lot of the links posted in this thread to open.

  4. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Feather hair is pretty tricky stuff. I've only made one puppet using it, but, boy! Did it look good! (at the time, I had to dye all my own feathers. What a pain!) I also used full feathers, they weren't trimmed or anything, so it didn't look like typical Muppet feather hair.

    I would suggest using the Trimmed Ostrich ("nondu") from www.tonyhill.net . I think that might work best for something like Animal's hair... maybe. I actually don't know, it just seems like that would be the one to try.
  5. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Quick question...

    What about this? They call it open cell super soft foam. Has anyone used it? Is it any good?

    I hate to sound cheap or anything, but... I really can't afford half the stuff being pointed out for carving foam. This is the least expensive I've found, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether or not it'll actually work.

    Other options include:

    There are a few other less expensive options. Any thoughts?
  6. dkmontgomery

    dkmontgomery Well-Known Member

    Great resource info!

    Hey! I am new on muppet central. This is some great information!:crazy:
  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hey, DK! Glad to see you on the boards and that this information is helpful.

    If you get a chance, we'd like to know you better here:

    As far as Ostrich Feather Hair, I wrote to www.TonyHill.net and sent a photo of Wembley Fraggle's hair asking, "How do I do this?" I got the following response:

    This is very helpful information, so everyone go over to www.tonyhill.net an get your feathers!
  8. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Glued in place individually??? Holy cow!

    Thank you for clearing that up for me, Kev. I told you I didn't really know. I just make it up as I go along! ;)

    I'm going to that website right now to order some stuff for my next puppet. It's nice to see he's so helpful, too.
  9. Puppettown

    Puppettown Member

    Thanks for the link to the ostrich feathers, I've been looking for them.:excited:
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  11. Lady Constance

    Lady Constance New Member

    UK Puppet Building Supplies

    I realise that most of you seem to be in America, but I thought I'd ask -

    Does anyone know where I can get hold of puppet building supplies in the UK?

    I've just got the Glorified Sock Puppet pattern and thought I'd have a go at building my first puppet, but I'm a bit stumped as to where to get things from, particularly Antron Fleece - is there a UK supplier? Also, I'm not familiar with polyfoam and posterboard - are these called something else in the UK?

    Thanks for your help.
  12. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    Lady C,

    I don't know of specific suppliers in the UK, but I think Antron Fleece is only produced by Georgia Stage. I'm pretty sure they will ship internationally.

    As far as poster board, I think it might be referred to as 'card' across the pond. It comes in various sizes, but commonly is around 4 ft by 5 ft. (Forgive me for not using metric dimensions.) Schoolchildren use it for science fair displays.

    Polyfoam is the kind of foam they use in upholstery. It usually comes in multiple thicknesses, but for puppet making, generally the 1/2", 1/4", and one inch thicknesses are used.

    I hope this helps,

  13. Lady Constance

    Lady Constance New Member

    Ok. I did wonder if it was only an American thing, so I'll check out the shipping ...

    That makes sense - and it's easy to find!

    Ok. That should be fairly easy to find too.

    Very helpful, thanks.
  14. Eddiemonster

    Eddiemonster New Member

    Best Glue to use?

    I saw a video on youtube called "Making a puppet tutorial part 2". The builder was using a glue to seam together the foam that seemed to give her alot of time and then sealed instantly when she pressed the seams together. I was wondering if anyone knew what type of glue this would be or if anyone could suggest the best type of glue to use for seaming together foam.
    Thx in advance.
  15. :) Hola! ;) hehe well i saw the same video and thought where the heck do i get that? well i live in florida too and went to joAnne fabrics, they have a glue it works awesome! it works with fabric on foam, foam on foam, fabric on fabric, fabric on poster board, etc..... ytour welcome! and heres the link to it!:excited:

  16. Teenager's

    Teenager's Well-Known Member

    I've used that. Boy is it smelly! You should definetly get a ventilated space to use that. Also no lie, it does work Fast like it says on the bottle. Also as a tip, if you're going to use it to glue onto a flexible part say live hands DON'T it gets TOO stiff to move.
  17. Toasty

    Toasty Well-Known Member

    I have not seen the video you describe, but the David Pannebacker videos turned me onto a product called DAP Weldwood contact cement http://www.dap.com/product_details.aspx?product_id=47
    It is VERY potent stuff (ie: do not inhale it directly from bottle accidentally) but it works like rubber cement in that you apply it to both sides of the foam (or just about anything---including fingers---so be very careful), allow the adhesive to dry so it isn't tacky, and then press the 2 parts together. This creates an instant and incedibly strong bond.

    Except for the special handling care that needs to be taken, it is the best stuff I've tried for bonding foam pieces together. I've also used it to attach eyes, noses, and ears directly on top of Antron fleece... those suckers are not coming off without taking half the fleece along with it.
  18. Teenager's

    Teenager's Well-Known Member

    Yes, I also like using DAP Weldwood....but I find that when I use it I HAVE to let it air out for a day (sometimes 2) before I can continue working, because it smells a bit like a sewer. BUT it definetly does work and is Great to use.
  19. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

  20. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing a tutorial or a video a while back about a puppet builder who coated a wooden nose with black liquid rubber to look like a dogs' nose (Rowlf type). Does anyone else remember this, or have a link to it?

    I'd really like to get going on my Rowlf puppet one of these days, but I want his nose to be perfect.


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