Orpheus: Head and Hands Casted
Here’s a quick update on my Orpheus puppet since I finished the head and the hands yesterday:
Orpheus’ head and hands.
(See this image in higher resolution on my flickr stream.)
My process here is pretty much the same to making puppets from cold foam. Before I pour the foam into the mold, I cover the form with latex mâché. Latex mâché was invented by my dear fellow Shelley Noble, and it’s very similar to paper mâché:
First, I cover the inside of the mold with one or two layers of liquid latex. Next, I add little snippets of very thin dyed paper and glue them down with another layer of latex. If all is covered and has dried, I’ll place the armature into the mold and fill the gaps with cold foam.
Once the foam is cured, I take the cast out of the mold and hide the seams under another layer of paper and latex. The head measures approx. 3,5 cm from crown to chin.
See the paper structure under the hand’s skin.
My intention is to get everything at least a bit paper-like. The latex mâché method is a good way to combine a papery look with a flexible puppet, even though it’s quite laborious: Covering the mold with paper and latex from the inside took me about two hours.
It took me three attempts to get everything right, and I haven’t taken any photos of the process so far. When I’ll make Orpheus’ body mold and cast next, I’m going to take some for illustration for you.