Today I've continued to work away at puppet building. It’s a slow process. I really liked my dragon from Animotion, so I’ve decided to give him a hard skin and paint him properly. I could have left him with the hockey tape construction, but I really want him to stand up to use and abuse by performers. This is also the aesthetic I’m going for the Vardi Puppet House. The puppets all need to look alike.
Hard skin is made from cheesecloth and glue. It's made by cutting the cheesecloth into small squares and soaking it in glue. The cheesecloth is 2 layers thick and crosshatches across the surface. The skin should be 3-4 layers thick overall. After that, you place layers of tissue paper on in the same crosshatch pattern. This is time-consuming, but it makes the object bomb proof.