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What would be good for glasses?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by D'Snowth, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm just curious, aside from plastic, which I don't believe I would be able to obtain, what sort of material would make for a good pair of glasses for a puppet?

    Considering that the glasses and the eyes would all be one piece (ala similar to glasses with eyes painted on the lenses)?

    For some reason, I want to try balsa wood, but my thinking is that would break too easily, especially if puppeteers might get careless with the puppets.
  2. charlie bird

    charlie bird Member

    I used 3d glasses on one of mine.Then I took the plastic out and traceced it without the tab on a sheet of plastic I painted it white and then made a pupil,and so on and I can eamil you a picture if youre interested in seeing it.
  3. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    Have you tried Build-A-Bear or maybe a craft store?
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hmm, not quite what I was aiming for, as far as the shape of the frames go, but that sounds like an ingenius method... yes, please do, I'd like to see exactly what you were able to come up with.
    Lol, never been to Build-A-Bear, but yeah, there's a Hobby Lobby in town, not sure how that would help, though. I do know one thing though, this puppet has human-esque hair, so I'd probably have to go to a wig store (which there's one of in the mall).
  5. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    I've found doll hair and glasses in the doll section of the local craft store in the past. I guess it would depend on the size of the puppet as well, but it may be a good starting point for you?

    Another suggestion would be IParty or party stores like that that sell the "Groucho" glasses...
  6. mummytomb

    mummytomb Member

    Thrift stores will sometimes have real glasses. You. Can paint pupils on the inside of the lenses if you like.
  7. ilovemusic

    ilovemusic Active Member

    Dear D'Snowth,
    for glasses you could use an old pair, or a toy one. Or you can make them yourself, I mean, with plastic glass and, I don't know how you call that, thread made of metal (hope that was the good word :/ )
    I built a puppet also, and when I needed glasses, I just used old sunglasses and pulled the dark glass out of it and put plastic glass in.
    Hope I'd help you!
  8. Puppetainer

    Puppetainer Member

    As one of the "old men" of MCF I have a need for reading glasses these days. Now I wouldn't suggest you buy these at Walgreens or something like that as they can be rather pricey. When I shop for myself or a puppet I look at Target and some grocery stores which occasionally have reading glasses in various styles for only ONE DOLLAR each! Perfect for puppets!
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the tips and suggestions everybody, they're very much appreciated!

    :) :) :)
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I never understood why my mom always insisted on keeping the 3-D glasses whenever we see movies, even though the theater staff always tells us to recycle them when we're through... but I guess it's a good thing she did keep all those pairs, because I took initiative from Charlie and used a pair of them for puppet glasses. It's such an ingenius idea that saves me the work of having to construct a pair myself, and the shape of the 3-D glasses is close to what I wanted.

    I experimented with three different pairs to see how good of results I could get; I really wanted to paint them a certainly color as according to the sketch art/puppet design, but the surface of the glasses didn't allow for a good paint job, as it keep chipping off after it was dry, and made for a bit of a mess. So the last pair, I left as is, and for the eyes, I did similar to Charlie, only I applied the eyes directly to the front of the lenses (low budget puppets call for simpler materials, but it's all about the character and personality, because all my puppets have paper-covered cardboard eyes, I wouldn't even know where to look for the plastic used for eyes). I'm really pleased with the results, and sometime within the next two weeks or so, I'm going to start working on the last two puppets I've been meaning to build for quite sometime, including the character I call Easter Egg, whom the glasses are for.

    Jeepers creepers, where'd I get those bespectacled puppet peepers?
  11. charlie bird

    charlie bird Member

    omg!amazing thats exactly how I have so many pairs of those glasses !I love the eyes and I am so happy I could help and exited to see what youve done and how it turns out:)
    also you can get plastic from every day things I used plastic from some type of panelling from the harware store.People also use butter lids and plastic boxes...anything!However youres look just as good as the next thing!
    thank you sooo much for the picture looks amazing!
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Lol, thank you for the inspiration.

    I ask that you make sure to check both "Project: Snowth" thread here, and my site/blog for updates, as I always make sure to include photos of completed puppets when they're finished.
  13. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I've been collecting various random glasses in a small box for years just in case they are ever needed. It's surprising how many times they've come in handy.
  14. Puppetainer

    Puppetainer Member

    Yeah Buck I've been doing the same. And I collect many other little odds and ends as well. Boy does my wife LOVE that habit. :D Of course it does come in handy. I also keep a variety of plastic items on hand for raw materials. Empty pudding containers, butter dishes, McDonald's drink cups, ice cream containers, and things like that. I often find myself in need of a piece of plastic when building and that pile of recycling has come in quite handy!
  15. Melonpool

    Melonpool Active Member

    I've been getting a bit of a reputation as a hoarder at work because I'm constantly pulling electronics out of the recycling bin for use on my spaceship set. ;)
  16. Greenlantern999

    Greenlantern999 New Member

    Your glasses turned out great! I buy mine from the local dollar store. They have tons of styles I like the 'Buddy Holly' type a lot and they remind me of the way yours turned out. Here is a picture of the one I've used in the past.


    I just love puppet building!

  17. BorkBork

    BorkBork Member

    My tip is to trace the shape of glasses on to craft foam sheets, also known as foamies and then cut it out with scissors or a razor.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    My concern with that technique would be that the foamies would be a little too flimsy to hold up in the long run; I tried using foamies for mouthplates to try and achieve a flexible mouth (ala Kermit, and early AMs), but it couldn't retain it's shape over the long run, which resulted in a puppet looking like it had a permanent sneer.
  19. BorkBork

    BorkBork Member

    It all depends of the thickness of the foamies. If you get the thicker sheets you use. If you use the thicker kind, you can use it for all sorts of things. Even mouthplates.
  20. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    You could also use styrene or a similar plastic if sturdiness is a concern.

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