How my puppets’ heads are made. Part 4! Contact Cement How-To

Here’s how to connect foam rubber pieces together with contact cement, after it’s tacky.



How my puppets’ heads are made. Part 2!

Although he has a name, I’m just calling this character The Sharkface right now, because it could change.

(I might need a photo for this)
During the 15–20 minute “window” in which you have to wait for contact cement to do its thing, it gets tacky. It takes a little experience to learn when it’s right at “the moment”, but generally it should feel sticky, but dry. Once it is tacky, join the edges together…if the glue is at the right consistency, it will immediately grab onto itself with an iron grip.Then the edges get pinched together to further seal them all the way around.

Now we have the finished sharkface head, without the mouth put in. And here we go, putting in the mouth!


How my puppets’ heads are made. Part 1

I can’t really call this a “tutorial”, as everyone has their own way and their own style of doing this. My heads are extremely simple, and do not involve a lot of parts and extras and carving.Maybe someday they will, but I’m really a fan of simplifying puppet heads for maximum expression and flexibility.
Anyway, this might give any newcomers a few tips on dealing with foam and contact cement.

First off, plenty of kitteh help is essential. George Kitteh has graciously volunteered to assist.